Offshore Foundations & Supporting Structures Forum

Future Offshore Foundations Forum

Day 1 - Tuesday 8 November 2016

08:30 Registration And Morning Refreshments

09:15 Chair’s Opening Remarks

Danny Bonnett , Managing Director, LIC Energy UK


09:30   Findings from the PISA Project on geotechnical pile design

  • Review and update of the PISA Project

  • How do the findings transfer into lowering CAPEX?

  • What this means for foundation design and concept selection

  • What further research can be done to bring down the cost of wind farms

Jesper Skov Gretlund,  Head of R&D Project Management,  Dong Energy Wind Power A/S

10:00  Case Study: The World's Largest Hammer: Driving Down Costs In Offshore Foundations

  • How the hammer works
  • Potential benefits for noise mitigation, flange fatigue and installation time 
  • The development and testing schedule for the hammer: when will it become available to the market? 

Jasper Winkes,  Founder And Director,  Fistuca

10:30 Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:00 Reducing The Levelised Cost Of Energy Through Design Embedment Optimisation

  • Case Study of Dudgeon offshore wind farm foundation design with 67 Siemens 6MW turbines on monopile foundations installed in challenging ground conditions

  • Monopile foundation penetration optimisation to reduce cost and drivability risks  

  • Beyond code analysis of geotechnical utilisation and natural frequency

  • Client and verification body engagement to balance programme, design reliability and cost constraints

Colin Emmett,  Principal Engineer, Atkins

Knut Nordheim,  Principal Engineer, Statoil

11:30 Update on Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm:  The Jacket Supply Chain

  • Background on the challenges faced since the project's inception 
  • Reasons for choice of jacket structures
  • How steel has been used more efficiently
  • Logistical issues, dividing up the supply chain and managing risk between the contingents

Alan MacLey, Engineering Director, Seaway Heavy Lifting

12:00 Optimising Across The Supply Chain To Reduce Costs 

  • How does cost pressure reflect the sinking KPIs?
  • How much are KPIs depending on turbine size and distance from shore? Looking at contract volume using a formula
  • Considerations on cost and logistics for different design types
  • Benefits of Fabrications in low-cost countries
  • How to turn cost optimisation within the supply chain into a competitive bid for wind farm tenders

Edwin Van De Brug, Regional Manager, Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects bv

12:30 Networking Lunch

Innovation within foundation designs and logistical considerations  

13:30  Innovative options for the installation equipment requirements to reduce CAPEX

  • Knowledge, solutions and equipment for lifting

  • Temporary fixation and installation of foundations and substructures.
  • How to help contractors build offshore windfarms efficiently and lower Capex.
  • A focus on enabling vessels to use their crane capacity more affectively.

Henk van Vessem, Technical Account Manager, IHC IQIP

14:00 Loads on gravity foundations considering 3-dimensional flow

  • Walkthrough of methods and results from research program
  • How to reduce design loads on GBS
  • Novel approach using CFD analysis to create practical calculation tool

Hans-Kristian Alveberg, Principal Engineer, Seatower

14:30  Noise free installations set to change the offshore industry

  • The Mono Bucket history - 16 years of state-of-the-art development
  • US market status: how Mono Buckets played an instrumental role in securing 40mUSD for the Icebreaker project
  • How competitive tendering increases the demand of Mono Buckets
  • Reducing the Environmental Footprint
  • Industrialisation of the Mono Bucket that will lead to further competitive advantages

Kristian Ravn,  Managing Director,  Universal Foundation

Kristian Asccanius Jacobsen, Head of Business Development, Universal Foundation

15:00 Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

15:30 Progress Report On Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm

  • Challenges faced within the planning conditions
  • Planning processes and risk mitigation
  • Reasons for choice of suction buckets
  • Logistical issues for installation

Mark Reimers, Managing Director, SPT Offshore

New Solutions For Compliance With Noise Regulations During Foundation Installation

16:00 Noise Reduction Requirments - Cost and Planning Implications

  • Noise regulations - Current Status and Developments
  • Noise mitigation methods available on the market and their permitting challenges
  • Where have these methods been implemented and lessons learned from these experiences
  • How do larger monopiles and latest foundations designs match up to regulations

Signe Nielsen, Environmental Consents Lead, Innogy SE

16:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks

17:00 Drinks Reception

Day 2 - Wednesday 9 November 2016

08:30 Registration And Morning Refreshments

09:00 Chair's Opening Remarks 

Danny Bonnett, Managing Director,  LIC Energy UK

Advancements In Geotechnical Modelling And Design

09:15 Designer Keynote: Geotechnical Design Items Decisive For Monopile Viability

  • The influence of foundation stiffness and damping on natural frequency and fatigue load levels
  • Design criteria: a critical review
  • Do we need to change the scope of soil investigation campaigns?

Marc Seidel, Design Manager Offshore Foundations, Siemens Wind Power

09:45 Advanced Soil Modelling: An Overview Of Applications To Suction Bucket And Monopile Design

  • What is advanced soil modeling and how does it work?
  • Comparison of methods for suction bucket and monopile design
  • Impact and issues for site investigation and laboratory testing
  • Impact and issues for project schedule
  • Practical examples of industry applications

Dr. David Cathie,  Principal,  Cathie Associates

10:15 SLS Design Method of Mono- Bucket Foundation During Storm And Lifetime Excitation.

  • Monotonic load effects - drained response
  • Transient load effects "the boot effect" - undrained response
  • Cyclic "degradation" under storm event
  • Long-term effects of horizontal loading of the Mono Bucket

Prof. Lars Bo Ibsen,   Head of Offshore Foundation - Department of Civil Engineering,  Aalborg University

10:45 Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

Optimisation Of The Fabrication And Installation Process

11:15 Advanced Fabrication and Design to Further Decrease The LCOE

  • How the MonobaseWind Gravity Base Structure can reduce the cost of overall field development by accommodating the scaling up of turbines over 10MW
  • Possibilities for pre-assembling the complete unit, and overcoming the usual installation-stability issue with conventional GBF structures
  • Results from model tests of the GBS at the MARIN Institute in Wageningen and plans for future development

Herm Bussemaker, Director Technology, MonobaseWind
Bert van Dijk, Director BD, MonobaseWind

11:45 The Future Of Fabrication: How Can We Use Robotics And Automation To Reduce CAPEX? How Can It Be Used For Jacket Structures?

Robotized welding of nodes for standardized components / jackets
  • Nodes preassembly and the quality of welding

  • Inside welding and automatic adjustment of welding parameters

  • Future developments

Jacek Wenta, Head of Sales, ST³ Offshore


12:15 Scale-Up Of Wind Turbine Sizes And Their Impact On Key Floating Offshore Wind Technologies

Following several pre-commercial arrays, the deployment of commercial size floating wind farms will reach an initial cruising altitude by the years 2023-2025.

Assuming turbines of 10MW enter the offshore landscape in this timeframe, the industry must review the key floating technology architectures and the impact such large wind turbines might have on their sizes, including their:

  • Constructability and their mass manufacturing
  • Launching at sea and offshore installation 
  • O&M operations with an eye on the inevitable race for cost reductions and further drops in the LCOE of floating wind

Bruno Geschier, Executive Board Member,  ideol

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 Certification Of Floating Wind Structures

Certification process for floating wind turbines

  • How to reduce the risk of third party involvement
  • Stepwise approach towards certification

Technical Requirments for floating wind turbines

  • Status of the standards for designing floating wind turbines
  • possible improvement gaps

New joint industry project to develop a new Recommended Practice for coupled analysis

  • Reasons and objectives of the Recommended Practice
  • Presentation of the joint project and status of the work
  • Link to the other certifications document

Luca Vita, Senior Engineer, DNV.GL

R&D Considerations for extending lifetime longevity of the foundation structures

14:15  Case Study Lifetime  Extension Of Offshore Foundations

  • R&D advances in wind farm wide foundation lifetime assessment tested on in-situ measurements on operational wind turbines
  • Results of the long-term measurement campaigns within the Belwind, Northwind and C-power wind farms
  • Hotspot stress estimation using the virtual sensing concept and results from validation trials on instrumented monopiles
  • How linking consumed life time to the operational and environmental parameters allows us to determine the park-wide consumed life time with only a limited number of instrumented turbines

Prof. Dr. Christof Devriendt, RD&I Coordinator, OWI-Lab

14:45 Networking Break And Refreshments

15:15 Large-Scale Testing Of Foundations For Offshore Wind Turbines

  • Importance of large scale testing
  • Examples of successful experimental campaigners
  • Implications of large-scale testing on foundation design

Dr. Aligi Foglia , Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer IWES

15:45 Keeping It Simple: Coating Strategies For Offshore Structures

  • Offshore environments that require protective coatings
  • The perfect specification – it’s all in the detail

  • Cost reduction through specification simplification

  • Impact of specification on lifetime maintenance costs

  • Testing versus track record

Clare McDermott,  Business Development Manager - Renewables, AkzoNobel 

16:15 Chair's Closing Remarks

Danny Bonnett , Managing Director, LIC Energy UK

16:30 Close Of Forum

Pre-Forum Focus Session – Monday 7 November 2016 


13:00 Optimisation Of The Supply Chain
  • Designing with installation in mind
  • Logistical issues
  • Supply chain synergies between different designs
  • How to relate efficiency between each stage
  • Lessons learnt from various project experiences

Charlotta Noren,  Supply Chain Manager and Area Manager  , Parkwind NV and Himec Solutions

15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Opportunity 

15:30 Lowering the cost of offshore foundation installation  
  • Key cost drivers in offshore foundations installations
  • How to bring down the cost of offshore foundation installation?
  • Examples of successful solutions
  • Business case: The Telescopic Tower technology
  • Impact of telescopic technologies in the installation costs:
    • Bottom Fixed solutions: ELISA/ELICAN GBS
    • Floating solutions: TELWIND

Bernardino Couñago Lorenzo Principal Naval Architect / TELWIND Project Manager, ESTEYCO