The energy industry is entering into increasingly challenging environments. Deeper waters, more extreme temperatures and higher pressures are driving technology developments for new products to meet these needs. How do we define a process to design, produce, and qualify these products?
Other industries and organizations, like the Department of Defense (DoD), have been implementing a five-stage new product development (NPD) process for years and have valuable best practices to offer. In addition, new and developing standards from classification society DNV GL, which introduced its first pipeline code in 1976, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) are adopting existing DoD specifications to use as guidance to develop and qualify new products.