Future exploration and production areas may well lie in complex settings where various geohazards can play a role over the lifetime of the field development. The complexity of this is daunting: it is necessary to understand the fundamental geological drivers, address operational conditions for monitoring and instrumentation (including feasibility), the vulnerabilities at stake, and the range of physical parameters that can – or cannot – be measured.
A versatile and generic strategy for assessing and managing geohazards for the operational lifetime of the field is necessary, and this strategy should be applicable to as wide a scope of geohazards as possible. This complexity has been functionally and graphically represented in a series of interactive mind maps, providing a generic framework for geohazard assessment and management, which through the inclusion of site relevant details may be reduced to site-specific tools for geohazard applications.
However, it is also necessary to acknowledge that a suitable system for a given development will always remain site-specific as it must consider the actual geohazards at the site.