Offshore Foundations & Supporting Structures Forum

Future Offshore Foundations Forum

Day 1 - Wednesday 8 November 2017

08:00 Registration And Morning Refreshments

09:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

Gareth Ellery, Group Business Development Manager, Cathie Associates

Geotechnical And design ADVANCEMENTS  

09:15 Stretching The Limit For Monopile Structures – Challenges Of Upscaling Design Methodologies

  • Findings from the Pile Soil Analysis (PISA) project
  • Implementation in new projects and potential for windfarms in service
  • From research to proven technology – DNV GL´s Technology Qualification Process
  • Recent Development of Standards for Offshore Wind Support Structures

Jana Gehrmann-Vorbay, Principal Engineer, Concrete Structures And Geotechnics Section, DNV GL 

09:45 Geological And Geotechnical Causes Of Pile Tip Buckling 

  • Consequences of pile tip buckling
  • Limitations of current design approaches
  • Managing pile tip buckling risk
  • Modelling pile tip buckling

Gareth Ellery, Group Business Development Manager, Cathie Associates

10:15 Design And Installation Considerations For Burbo Bank Extension Using The Largest Turbines Commercially Available

  • Overview of Burbo Bank Extension project
  • Geotechnical challenges
  • Monopile design and fabrication
  • Installation
  • Learning from Burbo Bank Extension, to inform future projects, which will use bigger turbines (12MW, 15MW) and the impact on foundation structures

Edwin van de Brug, Regional Manager, Van Oord Offshore

10:45 Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:15 Using Big Data To Reduce Foundation Structure Design, Time And Costs, Through Automation Of The Design Process

  • Overview of areas which produce large amounts of data and learnings from other industries
  • Potential areas where ‘big data' can be of benefit for offshore wind farm foundations and future applications
  • Examples to show how can machine learning help reduce project costs
  • Insights into a project with a client where monitoring data from existing offshore wind farm foundation structures was analysed to check if structures are ‘over’ or ‘under’-designed

Ting Sie Chui, Technical Director, COWI UK

11:45 Impact Of Future, Bigger Turbines (12MW+) On Structural Design Optimisation And Lifetime Extension For Offshore Wind Foundation Structures

  • Challenges for achieving structural integrity of monopiles for bigger turbines
  • Challenges for achieving structural integrity of jackets
  • How fatigue analysis from foundation structures in existing offshore projects informs future projects  

Andreas Willecke, Head Of Department, Wind And Towers, Ramboll

12:15 Cost Reduction Of Jacket Structures By Application Of A Modular Design And Construction System

  • Construction principles
  • Construction systems
  • Construction “philosophy”

Norman Skillen, Managing Director UK And Ireland, ST3 Offshore
René Surma, Senior Sales And Business Development Manager Western Europe And Scandinavia, ST3 Offshore

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 20 Years And Beyond: Foundation Structural Health Monitoring (FSHM) On Operational Wind Farms To Evaluate Temporal Evolutions In Soil Conditions And Perform Wind Farm Wide Lifetime Assessment

  • Motivations and challenges for implementing a foundation monitoring system in your project
  • Temporal evolution of soil-stiffness of monopile foundations and long-term assessment of soil-damping.
  • Low-cost load monitoring strategies for hotspot stress-identification using the virtual sensing
  • Hybrid monitoring approaches by combining FSHM data and  1sec SCADA data for fleet-wise load assessment
  • Results of the long-term measurement campaigns within the Belwind, Northwind and C-power wind farms

Christof Devriendt, Scientific Research Coordinator, OWI-Lab
Wout Weijtjens, Research Engineer, OWI-Lab


14:15 Panel Debate: Bigger Turbines, Further Distances And Deeper Waters: How Do Monopiles, Jackets, Suction Buckets And Floating Structures Stack Up Against Each Other In The Long-Term, As The Industry Strives to Reduce Costs

  • What is the outlook for jackets versus monopiles, as the best fixed foundation structure, for future projects, further from shore in deeper waters?
  • Does floating offshore wind represent the ‘Holy Grail’ to reducing the LCoE of offshore wind?
  • Scope for cost reduction in jackets versus floating structures?
  • What are the cost reduction challenges for floating offshore wind
  • Will there be a standard floating offshore structure concept?


Edwin van de Brug, Regional Manager, Van Oord Offshore

Magnus Rahm, Chief Technology Officer, Hexicon

Ting Sie Chui, Technical Director, COWI UK

Kristian Ascanius Jacobsen, Head Of Business Development, Universal Foundation

Danny Bonnett, Managing Director, LIC Energy

Andreas Willecke,   Head Of Department, Wind And Towers,  Ramboll

15:00 Floating Offshore Case Study: Advantages of Two Turbine Floating Offshore Wind Structure

  •  Operational considerations of two turbines on a single floater
  •  Wind farms using multi-turbine platforms
  •  Structural design of a floating platform and mooring system

Magnus Rahm, Chief Technology Officer, Hexicon

15:30 Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

16:00 French Floating Offshore Wind Project Case Study

  • 24MW Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind farm in the French part of the Mediterranean Sea, which is being developed by EDF EN and will use 8MW Siemens turbines

16:30 Scope For Cost Reductions In Anchoring Mooring Systems For Floating Offshore Wind Farms

  • Case studies comparing different anchoring approaches for both spar buoy (Statoil) and semi-submersible structures (Principle Power)
  • Areas and opportunities for cost reduction in anchoring and mooring systems
  •  Scope for innovation in anchors


17:00 Overview Of European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) Project Using Suction Buckets

  • EOWDC project overview
  • Innovations utilised by EOWDC
  • Suction Bucket foundations- benefits & challenges

Senior Representative, Vattenfall

17:30 Global Outlook For Mono Bucket Foundation Bucket 

  • How suction bucket technology can provide the edge in competitive bidding regimes
  • Updates from US (Icebreaker), EU demonstration site and upcoming near shore pipeline in Japan
  • Latest on technical advances of the Mono Bucket foundation

Kristian Ascanius Jacobsen, Head Of Business Development, Universal Foundation

18:00 Chair’s Closing Remarks

Day 2 - Thursday 9 November 2017

08:30 Registration And Morning Refreshments

09:00 Chair's Opening Remarks 

Gareth Ellery, Group Business Development Manager, Cathie Associates


09:15 Quiet Installation Of Monopiles And Other Cost Reduction Advantages Of Blue Hammer

  • How the Blue Hammer can reduce installation costs in terms of noise mitigation, reduction in flange fatigue and reducing installation times
  • Results from testing the hammer (plus footage of hammer being tested)
  • Commercialisation strategy from 2018
  • Potential for Van Oord to co-present as the company has been working on a new slip joint connection approach, in conjunction with the Blue Hammer

Jasper Winkes, Founder And Director, Fistuca

09:45 Installation Phase Overview Of Largest Jackets Project: Beatrice

  • Overview
  • Challenges and methods
  • Requirements

Richard den Hollander, Business Development Director, Seaway Heavy Lifting

10:15 Next Generation Floating Installation Vessel For Offshore Wind: Bokalift 1

  • Experience to date with floating vessels versus fixed platforms
  • Overview of Boskalis’ converted crane vessel “Bokalift 1”, designed to reduce installation times and costs as component sizes increase and projects move into deeper waters
  • Potential cost savings such as compression of installation times achieved through increased payload, sailing speed and saved jacking time
  • Way of working with a floating vessel for various installation tasks such as jacket and monopile installation
  • Future deployments Boskalis foresees the vessel being used for in offshore wind, from fixed foundations in deep water to floating offshore projects and even WTG installation

Marcel van Bergen, Director Offshore Wind, Boskalis

10:45 Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:15 Challenges And Requirements For Offshore Wind Farm Foundation Structures In Icy Conditions

  • Scope of the Takholuoto project – first offshore wind farm in icy conditions
  • Construction challenges
  • Construction solutions

Peter De Pooter, Area Manager Renewables, Jan De Nul Group

11:45 Jacket Structures At A Cross-Roads – Investigating Opportunities For Further Cost Reductions In Jackets Fabrication

  • Towards convergence of a jacket standard design
  • Advanced materials to strengthen jackets
  • Potential opportunities for automation and robotics in jackets
  • Potential cost reductions
  • Actual deployment of automation in serial production today

Feargal Brennan, Director Of Energy And Power, University Of Cranfield

12:15 Networking Lunch


13:15 Latest Developments Towards Adoption Of Thermally Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) For Corrosion Protection In Offshore Wind

  • How TSA coatings enable structures to achieve an extended and virtually maintenance-free lifespan of over 20 years, the need for supplementary and costly cathodic protection is also reduced – or even eliminated
  • Potential for application in offshore wind foundation structures
  • Developments in design guidance for TSA (results from JIP - CROWN)
  • Methods to reduce costs associated with applying TSA

Diego Cocco, Senior Structural Design Engineer, LIC Energy

13:45 Case Study Of Commercial Offshore Project Using TSA: Arkona    

Holger Matthiesen, Project Director Arkona, E.on

14:15 Addressing Monopile Internal Corrosion Challenges

Fritz Verbruggen, Chief Field Sales, Corrosion NL

14:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00  Grab A Coffee And Go