Offshore Wind conference, Bristol UK, 10 May 2022

Foundation Ex 2022

Explore innovation. Exchange ideas. Expand minds.

A focus on how to scale, optimise and deliver in offshore windfarm foundations

 

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Foundation Ex is different.
Properly technical. Radically innovative.

Foundation Ex took place on 10 May 2022.

Thank you to everyone who took part and enjoyed a series of dynamic keynote talks and workshops.

What went down

A day sharing knowledge and celebrating success in the offshore wind industry

Foundation Ex took a closer look at how this is the decade that will see acceleration in offshore wind.

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The theme of the day

It’s time to scale, optimise and deliver

Now is the time to look to scale, optimise and deliver projects with lasting impact. On the day we had a high level of technical content from this niche specialism.

What made this special

Learning from the experts

Our delegates heard from expert speakers who shared their specialist knowledge. We promoted discussion and debate around the upcoming challenges in the industry with the view to enabling collaborative problem solving.

WHO SAID WHAT

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Our speakers have kindly shared their slides decks and made them available to download.

Supporting large scale offshore wind deployment

An expert look at the trade-offs involved in achieving low-cost offshore wind generation.

Ana Vega Kurson headshot

Ana Vega Kurson
Arup

All things fabrication supply chain

Looking at a Fabricator’s Perspective on Innovation in Offshore Wind.

Eric Finé
Smulders

Metocean inputs to foundation design

A focus on how to make the best of metocean assessments to derive limited but representative design load cases.

Florent Guinot
Wood Thilsted

Maximising energy yield through asymmetric mooring design

An innovative design study for floating wind farms using asymmetrical mooring systems to maximise energy production.

Ana Vega Kurson headshot

Candice Tian
Kent

Design challenges for monopile WTG foundations in the US

A look at the challenges and opportunities in the US market.

Phil Combes
Ramboll

The impact of scaling up on foundation supply chains

How can projects manage increased pressure and the supply chain risk while continuing to reduce costs?

Fran Pitkin
OWC

Confessions of a geotechnical engineer

A reflection on the industry over the last decade, both good and bad experiences.

Ana Vega Kurson headshot

Martin Østergaard
COWI

Reduced vacuum electron beam welding for monopiles

A session focused on the reduced vacuum electron beam welding for monopiles.

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Carol Johnston
TWI

Lessons learnt from FEED studies of FOWT demonstration projects

Shared lessons that will make future floating wind FEED projects more efficient.

Hieu Le
Worley

Benefits of an FRP monopile

Exploring the technology behind the FRP and the benefits it brings to offshore wind projects.

Ana Vega Kurson headshot

Eivind Johnsen
Entrion

Achieving and maintaining preload in bolted conncections

A discussion centred around the impacts of tightening strategies, causes of preload loss and O&M best practices.

Pete Andrews
EchoBolt

Benefits of the C1 wedge connection

A high capacity, maintenance free connection for offshore wind turbines that can be installed in a fast and safe manner.

Jasper Winkes

Jasper Winkes
C1 Connections

Specialized equipment for flange milling

A focus on flanges including high precision onsite machining.

Søren Kellenberger head shot

Søren Kellenberger
CNC Onsite

Vibratory hammer offshore wind foundation solutions

Redefining the future of XXL monopile installation.

Dick van Wijngaarden headshot

Dick Van Wijngaarden
CAPE Holland

Fabrication challenges of WTG jackets

An expert look at the fabrication challenges during WTG jackets construction.

Jasper Winkes

Aaron Du
Empire Engineering on behalf of CSE

First experience with large diameter bolts

ITH Bolting solutions for MP-TP foundations with large diameter bolts.

Colin Schroder from ITH Bolting

Colin Schroder
ITH Bolting Technology

Who was on stage?

Speakers and Moderators

Karl Davis

Karl Davis

Empire Engineering

Carol Johnston

Carol Johnston

TWI

Eric Finé

Eric Finé

Smulders

Fran Pitkin

Fran Pitkin

OWC

Julian Garnsey

Julian Garnsey

Triton Knoll

Alan Marson

Alan Marson

Empire Engineering

Ana Vega Kurson

Ana Vega Kurson

Arup

Alice Maynard

Alice Maynard

DNV GL

Pete Andrews

Pete Andrews

EchoBolt

Martin Kilsgaard Østergaard

Martin Kilsgaard Østergaard

COWI

Colin Schroder

Colin Schroder

ITH Bolting Technology

Søren Kellenberger

Søren Kellenberger

CNC Onsite

Mark Finch

Mark Finch

Ternan Energy

Nick Howard

Nick Howard

Empire Engineering

Simone Schmieder

Simone Schmieder

Wood Thilsted

Dr Eleni Minga

Dr Eleni Minga

Empire Engineering

Josu Ortego

Josu Ortego

Euskal Forging Group

Miguel Mananes Negro

Miguel Mananes Negro

Ramboll

Florent Guinot

Florent Guinot

Wood Thilsted

Jasper Winkes

Jasper Winkes

C1 Connections

Kevin Black

Kevin Black

Partrac

Nick Elderfield

Nick Elderfield

DHI Water Environments UK

Eivind Johnsen

Eivind Johnsen

Entrion

Hieu Le

Hieu Le

Worley

Aaron Du

Aaron Du

Empire Engineering

Jack Giles

Jack Giles

RWE

Thor Ugelvig Petersen

Thor Ugelvig Petersen

DHI

Eric Degand

Eric Degand

Parkwind

Dick van Wijngaarden

Dick van Wijngaarden

CAPE Holland

Stuart Pringle

Stuart Pringle

Make the Break

Beccie Drake

Beccie Drake

Arup

Richard Pike

Richard Pike

Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions

Nicolás Moscoso

Nicolás Moscoso

Allnamics

Martijn Schols

Martijn Schols

Dieseko

David Lambkin

David Lambkin

ABPmer

Ursula Smolka

Ursula Smolka

Ramboll

Wei-Ting Hsu

Wei-Ting Hsu

Empire Engineering

The environment on the day

Networking and collaboration

Foundation Ex harnessed cross-disciplinary understanding, networking and collaboration in an energetic environment, promoting the sharing of new ideas, all with the aim to facilitate the smooth transition to renewable energy.

Conference venue

Location

M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, UK
The M Shed, a former 1950s transit shed, is situated on Bristol’s harbourside in the centre of the city. It is the history museum that tells the story of Bristol with its rich engineering past. Bristol Temple Meads train station is only a short walk away, and there is easy access to Bristol airport.

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