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Rigs-to-Reef Initiative

COURSE NO: P01-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Rigs-to-Reef Initiative
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the Rigs-to-Reef (RTR) initiative adopted by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to facilitate oil and gas platform abandonment and removal efforts between coastal states and oil and gas companies. It describes productive offshore disposal alternatives and options which can lead to reduction of abandonment costs and preservation of environmental values, thereby generating more incentives to convert platforms to reefs.


Over the past years oil and gas companies have donated numerous platforms for construction of reefs in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Through partial platform removals and the elimination of explosives in the RTR conversion process, companies can now conserve reefs with higher profiles and less trauma to platform-associated reef organisms. In addition to producing 98 percent of the gas and 91 percent of the oil on our Nation's Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), GOM platforms provide the largest artificial reef complex in the world.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to environmental, geotechnical and petroleum engineers, design and construction personnel, technical staff and facility operators who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the RTR initiative.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the requirements for oil and gas platform abandonment
  • Understanding the different methods of oil and gas platform removal and reefing
  • Understanding the benefits of donating oil and gas platforms in the enhancement of marine fisheries and reef communities
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Department of Interior (DOI) Report, MMS 2000-073, "Rigs to Reef Policy, Progress, and Perspective".

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Rigs-to-Reef Initiative (323 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on this DOI report.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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