Offshore Foundations & Supporting Structures Forum

Future Offshore Foundations Forum

Day 1 - Wednesday 8th November 2017

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

David Cathie,  Technical Director,  Cathie Associates

Geotechnical And Design Advancements 


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


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

David Cathie,  Technical Director,  Cathie Associates


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

Roy van Loveren, Regional Manager, Van Oord Offshore


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


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


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


Design Optimisation And Cost Reduction Of Monopile And Gravity Base Foundations

  • Advanced design methodologies for monopiles and gravity base structures
  • Effects of cyclic loading on soil-foundation response
  • Consideration of dynamic, small-strain soil modulus
  • Case study for monopile design

Proserpine Peralta, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Fugro 


Networking Lunch 


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


TELWIND: Multibody Evolved Spar Combined With Telescopic Tower 

  • Background: the telescopic tower technology
  • Telwind fundamentals
  • Seakeeping assessment and tank testing
  • Main findings and challenges  

Bernardino Counago Lorenzo, Senior Naval Architect,  Esteyco Energia  



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?


Roy van Loveren,  Regional Manager,  Van Oord Offshore

Ting Sie Chui, Technical Director, COWI UK

Danny Bonnett, Managing Director, LIC Energy

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


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 


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

  • Case studies comparing different anchoring approaches for both spar buoy and semi-submersible structures
  • Areas and opportunities for cost reduction in anchoring and mooring systems
  • Scope for innovation in anchors
Christopher Golightly, Geotechnical And Engineering Geology Consultant, GO-ELS

Integrated Float To Fix Gravity Base Foundation For The Next Generation Wind Turbines

  • Design process, Modeltest results, Engineering details and design challenges

  • Production Design and Logistic lay-out

  • Benefits of inshore installation of turbine

  • Control weather risks for far offshore fields

  • Repowering and decommissioning by design

  • Latest developments and prospects

Herm Bussemaker, Director Technology, MonoBaseWind


This session has been designed for audience participation and knowledge sharing with no excuses! Instead of slowly passing around a stick microphone, simply throw the soft ball to the first person in the room who’s meeting your eyes!

Delegates are encouraged to come along with ideas, comments and provocative questions for their peers. There won’t be such thing as hiding in corners!

Petter J. Karal, CEO, Seatower AS


Speed Networking

Realising the importance of connecting with your peers, we organised a moderated networking session where delegates are prompted to meet others in brief 3-minute rounds. The moderator will be keeping track of time and announcing participants when to switch partners.

Make sure you bring lots of business cards along with you! 


Chair's Closing Remarks


End Of Day 1 

Day 2 - Thursday 9th November 2017

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Chair's Opening Remarks

David Cathie,  Technical Director,  Cathie Associates



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

Jasper Winkes, Founder And Director, Fistuca


Installation Phase Overview Of Largest Jackets Project: Beatrice

  • Overview

  • Challenges and methods

  • Requirements

Richard den Hollander, Business Development Director, Seaway Heavy Lifting


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


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments


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

Carl Heiremans, Business Development Manager, Jan De Nul Group


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


Using Suction Installed Wind Turbines (SIWT) for bigger offshore WTG’s

  • Environmentally-friendly foundations

  • Learning from recent projects

  • Scalability to future bigger turbines

  • Effective mitigation of geotechnical design challenges

Stefan Buykx, Lead Geotechnical Engineer, SPT Offshore


Networking Lunch 


Attractiveness Of The Market For Jackets

  • Expected market size
  • Jacket share
  • Potential for current players and new entrants
Lars Holm, Associate Director, The Boston Consulting Group 



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


Addressing Monopile Internal Corrosion Challenges

Frits Verbruggen, Chief Field Sales, Corrosion NL


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Grab A Coffee And Go