Extending your reach

The premise is simple: Matrix LGS® SURF solutions extend your reach and allow you to operate in environments where you wouldn’t normally. Designed for use across a range of cylindrical geometries in water currents, the system’s passive and low profile disrupts boundary layer instability caused by vortex induced vibration (VIV), which reduces both amplitude and drag as well as VIV fatigue. Matrix LGS® is easily installed before or after deployment, increasing operational flexibility whilst significantly reducing life cycle costs. 

LGS is a registered trademark of AMOG Technologies Pty Ltd.

Key features

  • Independently lab tested and field proven
  • Reduces VIV fatigue and drag
  • Mitigates riser clashing
  • Lower drag profile compared to other VIV reduction solutions
  • Robust and benign profile with relative immunity to seabed interactions
  • No moving parts
  • ROV installable options available for existing pipelines / risers
  • Integral buoyancy option available
  • Average fixed drag coefficient: 0.6
  • Typical VIV amplitude: <0.25A/D.


LGS Flexible Risers & Steel Catenary Risers LGS Shrouds for Pipelines



Matrix LGS® - Proven and tested



Paper (2018): Mitigation of pipeline free span fatigue due to vortex induced vibration using longitudinally grooved suppression

Jayasinghe, K., Marcollo, H., Potts, A.E., Dillon-Gibbons, C., Kurts, P., and Pezet, P., Proceedings of the ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering OMAE2018, Madrid, Spain, June 17-22, 2018.


Irregular seabed bathymetry around subsea pipelines can lead to the formation of pipeline free spans. When exposed to on-bottom currents these free spans can be subject to Vortex- Induced Vibration (VIV), with consequential effects on the fatigue life of the pipeline. Traditional VIV suppression technologies such as strakes and fairings present installation challenges and durability concerns due to the significant increase in overall diameter associated with the geometric profiles of strakes and fairings.

Longitudinally Grooved Suppression (LGS) technology was developed from a concept stage through to field deployment on active drilling risers (Johnstone et. al., OMAE 2017) [1]. The low profile and VIV suppression abilities of LGS present an opportunity for a more effective and operationally beneficial VIV suppression solution for pipeline free spans. Based on existing Class guidance for assessing pipeline free spans, a simplified framework for assessing free spans with LGS under a response based approach is presented. The simplified assessment implied a suppression efficiency (reduction in vibration amplitude) of up to 80%. An alternative comparative analysis using a force based approach was also performed in SHEAR7 of a bare pipeline and a LGS-wrapped pipeline. The requirements for qualification of new VIV mitigation technologies are also addressed and an example of an actual field installation of the device is presented, on an existing pipeline free span with low seabed clearance.

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