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Webinar on demand: How to get into Offshore Wind?

Webinar on demand: How to get into Offshore Wind?

By Karl Davis. In September we kicked off with 'season two' of our popular Tech Sessions series. Here at Empire Engineering, we don't shy away from tough questions and the Tech Sessions are no exception. The hot topic for debate was the need for skilled people in our...

Empire Engineering London office expansion

Empire Engineering London office expansion

We are proud to announce the next stage of growth for Empire Engineering – the opening of a larger London office. Thanks to the hard work of the whole team and Aaron Zigeng Du, our head of London office, Empire continues to expand at a rapid pace.  Aaron is joined by...

The return of the Tech Sessions, Friday 24th September

The return of the Tech Sessions, Friday 24th September

By Karl Davis On Friday September 24th 2021, we'll be kicking off our second season of Tech Sessions webinars. When we started the Tech Sessions back in 2020, we did so as a reaction to not being able to hold our physical 'Foundation Ex' conference. At the time, we...

How far can we push D/T ratios?

How far can we push D/T ratios?

By Dr Alan Marson As technological advancement and experience increase within the offshore wind industry, it has become both possible and economically viable to push monopiles into deeper and deeper water and use larger and larger turbines. Here at Empire Engineering...

Does the Monopile transition piece have a future in offshore wind?

Does the Monopile transition piece have a future in offshore wind?

By Andrew Hodgson The monopile transition piece is being challenged. Eliminating it from the design may bring benefits to offshore windfarms. TP-less monopiles have now been adopted for a number of live projects and are being considered for many more ongoing...

The Future foundations of offshore wind – thinking ahead

The Future foundations of offshore wind – thinking ahead

By Karl Davis What does the Future of offshore wind look like? There are a number of market trends and new technologies that I believe will have an impact on the offshore wind industry and foundation design over the next decade. A key question is how are we to adapt...

Conservatism in Geotechnical Design

Conservatism in Geotechnical Design

By Martin Underlin Østergaard During recent years, the boundaries for offshore wind turbine foundations have been pushed further than ever before – deeper waters, bigger turbines and larger foundations, especially monopiles, dominate the latest auctions.   To develop...

Webinar on demand: Big Bolted Connections

Webinar on demand: Big Bolted Connections

By Karl Davis. For our final Tech Session for 2020 we asked the thorny question: Big Bolted Connections, is the industry ready? This was the fifth Tech session in our 2020 series. Our original plan had been to run our Foundation conference for a second year but then,...

Webinar on demand: Developers vs Designers

Webinar on demand: Developers vs Designers

By Karl Davis. This October we ran the fourth of our 'Tech sessions' webinars.  For this session we aimed to generate some real debate under the title of Developers vs Designers. We decided to get both a developer and a designer around the table for some healthy...

The frontier between fixed and floating foundations in offshore wind

The frontier between fixed and floating foundations in offshore wind

By Eric Paya and Aaron Zigeng Du. The frontier between fixed and floating foundations In the ScotWind Leasing Round, around 50% of the Draft Plan Option (DPO) areas are located in “deep water zones”, which have water depths greater than 50 metres. Considering the...

Empire Engineering supports the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup

Empire Engineering supports the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup

By Karl Davis. Today we are proud to announce our support of Big Blue Ocean Cleanup and their Ocean Protection Project. At Empire Engineering we believe in the importance of the protection of the world's oceans and the increasingly fragile marine environment. Big Blue...

Let’s talk risk: what if an offshore wind turbine fell over?

Let’s talk risk: what if an offshore wind turbine fell over?

By Nick Howard. Cast your mind back a few years Had you happened to be standing outside a pub opposite Bristol Train Station on a dreary February afternoon in 2017, gently nursing a warm Fosters, you may well have seen me, peering out of a taxi window, my expression...

Webinar on demand: How deep can the Monopile go?

Webinar on demand: How deep can the Monopile go?

By Karl Davis. On Friday 31 July we ran the second in our series of Tech sessions under our Foundation Ex brand. This time we turned our attention the humble Monopile and tackled the thorny question of just how deep can the Monopile go. I was joined by my colleague,...

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