Offshore Foundations & Supporting Structures Forum

Future Offshore Foundations Forum

Day 1 - Tuesday 8 November 2016

08:00 Registration And Morning Refreshments

08:30 Chair’s Opening Remarks

Danny Bonnett , Managing Director, LIC Energy UK

09:00 Financial Keynote:  Minimising Project Expenditure And Remaining Competitive

  • How does the economy of a wind farm work?
  • How to minimise OPEX and CAPEX to create competitive bids
  • What can the Wind industry do to make projects more attractive to banks? How do foundations fit into this?
  • What is the impact on insurance premiums for more novel designs versus more standard solutions? 


09:30 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 beome available to the market? 

Jasper Winkes, Founder And Director, Fistuca

10:00 How Findings From The Latest Research Projects Such As PISA Can Be Utilised To Lower The Cost Of Energy Production

  • Relevant latest monopile R+D projects
  • How do the findings transfer into lowering CAPEX expenditure?
  • What this means for the supply chain and potential efficiencies
  • What further research can be done to bring down the cost of wind farms

10:30 Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:00 Update on Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm:  The Jacket Supply Chain

  • Background on the challenges faced since the projects 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

11:30 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 competetive bid for wind farm tenders

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

Innovation within foundation designs and logistical considerations  

12:00 Networking Lunch

13:00 How Will We Design, Fabricate, Transport And Install Foundations For 10MW Turbines?

  • Where will the foundations for this turbine size be fabricated? What capabilities will yards have to handle the additional weight?
  • Dealing with limited vessel availability
  • Innovative options for the installation equipment requirments to reduce CAPEX

13:30 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

14:00  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 instrmental 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,  Manainging Director,  Universal Foundation

Kristian Asccanius Jacobsen, Head of Business Devevlopment, Universal Foundation

14:30 Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

15:00 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

15:30  A Follow Up On Bolting: What Have Others Done?

  • What have we learnt about how to avoid the scouring, broken nuts and other quality control issues?
  • What technology innovation is needed to improve bolting quality and integrity
  • A designer's perspective on the pre-project bolting R&D work: how to apply a more aggressive methodology in order to optimise?

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 Neilsen, Environemental Consents Lead, Innogy SE

16:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks

17:00 Drinks Reception

19:00 Networking Dinner 

*Please Note For The Dinner: Limited Places Available! First Come First Served Basis When Registering To Attend

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 modelling and how does it work?
  • Comparison of methods for suction bucket and monopile design
  • Impact and issues for site investigation and labatory testing
  • Impact and issues for project schedule
  • Practical examples of industry applicatios

Dr David Cathie,  Principal,  Cathie Assosiate

Optimisation Of The Fabrication And Installation Process

10:15 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

10:45 Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:15 The Future Of Fabrication: How Can We Use Robotics And Automation To Reduce CAPEX? How Can It Be Used For Jacket Structures?

  • What is the new state of the art in robotic welding?  
  • Potential to increase the level of automation in the fabrication of monopiles and jackets
  • To what degree are fabrication yards embracing standardisation? How much potential is there to optimise costs in this area?  
  • Fabrication and handling challenges involved in the new heavier offshore monopiles
  • The cost issues and suitability of thermally sprayed aluminium for different wind farm specifications

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11:45 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 manuifacturing
  • 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

12:15 Networking Lunch

13:15 Certification Of Floating Wind Structures

Certification process for floating wind turbines

  • How to reduce the risk with third party involvment
  • Stepwise approach towards certification

Technical Requirments for floating wind turbines

  • Status of the standards for designing floating wind turbines
  • possible improvment 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

13:45  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

14:15 Networking Break And Refreshments

14:45 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

Aligi Foglia , Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer IWES

15:15 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 

15:45 Chair's Closing Remarks

Danny Bonnett , Managing Director, LIC Energy UK

17:15 Close Of Forum

Pre-Forum Focus Sessions – Monday 7 November 2016 

Morning Workshop: optimisation of the suppy chain

9:00 – 12:30

  • 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 , Parkwind NV

Afternoon Workshop: Cost Optimisation For Foundation Design, Fabrication And Installation 

13:30 – 17:00

  • An analysis of costs for ready engineered, fabricated and installed foundations
  • Taking a meticulous approach to reviewing every aspect of the design, fabrication and installation of turbine foundations
  • What can be learnt from recent tenders and projects?