SUT online training seminar No2 – TRCs

Presentation by David Saul on the API17N Technology Risk Characterisation Process

26 May, 2020




With many of us in lock-down and unable to travel for training or attending external events, SUT have started a series of short web-based training sessions focussed on key technologies and processes relevant to our members across the Society’s areas of interest.

The format is a 20 to 30 minute training presentation followed by up to 30 minutes of QA & discussion. The sessions will be run using a live Zoom feed with a limit of 99 attendees, & they will not be recorded. Attendance is free for current SUT members (corporate and personal) together with anyone who has recently been made redundant from existing corporate members. To attend you need to register in advance by emailing Online CPD certificates will be provided for those requiring proof of attendance.

Training Session 2

Technology Risk Characterisation, understanding the likely problem area of technology development, Tuesday 26th May 13:00 BST

This is the second in our series of free to members, web-based training sessions focussed around the reliability technology assurance tools most commonly associated with API 17N & 17Q standards.

In this session we will be looking at the Technology Risk Characterisation (TRC) Tool. The TRC process provides a coarse understanding of the ‘risk’ associated with developing a technology from it’s current status that needed for a new application. While on their own TRC provides important insight, the process comes in it’s own when combined with TRL review as the TRC will provide an understanding of the potential difficulty of moving at technology up the TRL ladder, a key element missing in the TRL process.

As with the first session on TRL’s, while the API TRC process was designed with oil & gas in mind, the tools are as equally applicable to other areas of the Society’s work such as floating wind, & wider ocean science technologies such as marine autonomous systems and advanced sensors.

The training session will be presented by David Saul, honorary chair of the SUT. David has over 30 years’ experience working on subsea reliability and technology, he currently works for BP and additionally sits on the API 17N and Q sub-committees. To register (free to personal and corporate members) email , attendance is limited to the first 99 to register, & the session will not be recorded.

Non-members of SUT are welcome to register in return for a £20 donation to our Education Support Fund.