SAWE RP O-2, 2016: Coordinate Reference System for Offshore Systems

Coordinate Reference System for Offshore Systems
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18 April 2017
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Offshore Industry Committee
Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc.



The scope of this Recommended Practice is to establish acceptable three-coordinate reference systems for off shore hydrocarbon (or other) facilities. Each coordinate system will include a defined origin, specified axes of rotation, and a sign convention in order to establish uniformity in mass property data collection and reporting. The use of a standard coordinate system will minimize the possibility of error due to differences in coordinate systems used by suppliers, designers, builders, regulatory bodies, or owners. These coordinate systems will be used in the determination of centers-of-gravity. They will also be used to determine weight moments of inertia as they relate to the three rotational degrees of freedom: roll, pitch and yaw.


A shared or common set of coordinate system will make data transfer between different weight engineering groups on a program or project simpler.