1st October, Bristol

Agenda

Explore innovation. Exchange ideas. Expand minds.

A journey of innovation in offshore windfarm foundations

PLANNING YOUR DAY

Agenda

This agenda is now confirmed but minor changes may made in the lead up to the event.

We’re expecting many of our delegates and presenters to arrive on the Monday, so we’re planning a sponsored drinks, dinner and networking event in central Bristol that evening. There will also be an informal meetup on Tuesday evening after the conference for those still in the city. Details will be shared closer to the conference.

ARRIVALS

Registration and Coffee

9:00am – 9:30am

INTRO

Welcome from Karl Davis of Empire Engineering

9:30am – 9:45am

TALK – SITE DEFINITION

Innovation in Metocean Data

09:45am – 10:00am

Nick Elderfield, DHI

TALK – SITE DEFINITION

Zonal Approach to Ground Modelling

10:00am – 10:15am

Mark Finch, Ternan Energy

Project development plans change – constantly. How can site investigations be phased and optimised to address the challenges of numerous changing requirements, investment decisions and the like?

High quality ground information is needed at the right time and at the right price – particularly in the early stages of the project when investment is at risk. A phased zonal approach to site definition is probably the answer. This presentation asks – and tries to answer – the difficult questions around site investigation. What, when, why (and maybe even who)?

Site investigation may not be a significant expense compared to the overall project cost, but it is very easy to not add value if you fail to lock in significant risks at an early stage.

Lots of questions and (hopefully) some practical answers. We need to talk about the soil……

TALK – SITE DEFINITION

Geotechnical Characterisation for FEA

10:15am – 10:30am

Mike Rattley,  Fugro

Is the industries approach to geotechnical characterisation efficiently addressing the requirements of FEA-based design? What are we really modelling and why? How can we reduce uncertainty and aid optimisation? This presentation will address all of these questions and propose some practical solutions.

TALK – CONCEPT AND FEED DESIGN

Fathom, Empire’s New Foundation Design Tool

10:30am – 11:00am

Nick Howard,  Empire Engineering

A presentation of Empire’s new internal tool development for concept and FEED foundation design.

BREAK

Coffee and Cake

11:00am – 11:20am

A chance to network and exchange ideas over good coffee and delicious couture cakes.

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION 

Parallel Session 1:  
The Modular Monobucket – Tales from Successful Sea Trials

11:20am – 12:00pm

Tim Drummer, Universal Foundation

Universal Foundation, together with their partners Siemens Gamesa and Aalborg University, performed 13 successful trial installations with a modular suction bucket in May 2019. Join this breakout session to learn more about the innovative design of this modular suction bucket. Learn how the design consists of several pre-bended coiled steel plates that are connected with bolts. Discuss how this technology is expected to achieve a construction cost reduction of 30% to 40%. Hear how the trial installations proved the robustness and the stability of the concept in difficult soils.

 

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION

Parallel Session 2:

Lender’s Technical Advisors Views

11:20am – 12:00pm

Colin Morgan, Everoze and Ioannis Lessis,  MottMac

Colin and Ioannis will be presenting changes to the roles and requirements for the lender’s technical advisors.

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION

Parallel Session 3:

System Modelling of Soils and Structures 

11:20am – 12:00pm

Paul Doherty, GDGeo and Will Collier, DNV-GL

Join this breakout session to discuss in detail MP optimisation and damping analysis, alongside conversation and debate around damping methods of superelement support structures. 

TALK – DETAILED DESIGN

Designing Foundations to be “Born in the USA”

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Danny Bonnett, Wood Thilsted

To design the first utility scale offshore wind project in the USA, Wood Thilsted teamed up with Engineering giant WSP to perform the detailed design.  An odd couple?  Not so.  Danny will explain more, and delve into some of the interesting details around soil-structure interaction, corrosion protection and array cable installation

TALK – DETAILED DESIGN

FE analysis of monopiles – advances modelling of soil structure interaction

12:30pm – 12:45pm

Henrietta Ridgeon, Arup

As the industry continues to drive down costs in the offshore wind industry, structural and geotechnical engineers need to work together to optimise the detailed design of the emerging foundation solutions. Arup is at the forefront of this work and presents three areas where significant progress has been made:

– Detailed FE analysis of XL monopiles to justify in-service and installation performance.

– Geotechnical modelling of pore pressure build up around monopiles under cyclic loading.

– Design considerations for monopiles in seismic regions (where much of the market growth is predicted).

BREAK

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

TALK – CERTIFICATION

Impacts of the changes to DNV-GL-ST-0126

2:00pm – 2:15pm

Dan Butterworth,  DNV-GL

Unique insight into recent changes to the governing standards for offshore wind farm foundations (DNV-GL-ST-0126), as well as DNV-GL’s latest views of where further research or joint industry projects would be beneficial to the industry.

TALK – FABRICATION

Serial Production of Foundations

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Eric Finé,  Smulders

Smulders present the importance of logistics in foundations serial production.

TALK – INSTALLATION

Grout Free Pin-Pile Connection

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Iain Stevens,  Cedeco

Cedeco will publicly reveal for the first time its grout-free pin-to-pile connector, an innovation which recently won the support of ORE Catapult. Managing Director, Iain Steven, will talk through the technology and how Cedeco, a micro SME, are leading a collaboration between ORE Catapult, ScottishPower Renewables and Atkins Ltd to test the technology’s suitability for market.

TALK – TRANSPORT AND INSTALLATION

Advancement in Monopile Installation

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Alan Macleay,  Seaway7

Seaway7 will reveal various innovative methods that have been developed for driving MPs from floating installation vessels.

TALK – TRANSPORT AND INSTALLATION

Evolution of the Transition Piece Cover

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Dimitrios Evangelopoulos, Toro Structures 

Drawing on decades of experience and innovation, designing protective shelters for all types of equipment across many industry sectors, Toro has created the ultimate transition piece protection solution.

Dimitrios will be presenting Toro’s exciting new design, including  a full scale TP cover on-site to get up close and personal with.

BREAK

Coffee and Cake

3:15pm – 3:35pm

A chance to network and exchange ideas over good coffee and delicious couture cakes.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION

Parallel Sessions 1:

SeaPlanner and Innovations in O&M Practice

3:35pm – 4:15pm

Graham Howe and Amanda Forbes,  SeaRoc

Join SeaRoc at this roundtable discussion regarding the centralisation of operations to give economics of scale. Conversation will include the evolution of project managers entering from other sectors and adapting to offshore wind, alongside innovations in methodology and their potential impacts. They will use real world examples such as robotics (in particular unmanned vessels) and drone blade inspections (featuring the work of Natural Power) to facilitate discussion. 

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION

Parallel Session 2:

Cost Savings by Implementing Advanced Geotechnical Design Approaches at the Seastar OWF, Belgium

3:35pm – 4:15pm

Joe Hilton, Sea and Land Project Engineering and Scott Whyte, Fugro

Discussion will focus on detailed structural design using a combination of time domain and spectral dynamic analysis techniques. Recommendations from the Pile Soil Analysis (PISA) joint industry project (Byrne et al., 2017) to develop site-specific soil reaction curves will be considered. Join the discussion to consider how the application of new geotechnical methodologies presents a number of challenges when applied in design projects with respect to the site characterisation for calibration of the numerical model, suitable rigorous approaches to consider cyclic loading and a suitable workflow for application of site-specific reaction curves (e.g. PISA type approach) within detailed structural analysis. Work presented will include a detailed description of the geotechnical and structural design analysis performed for the Seastar and Mermaid offshore substation platform, Belgium Sector North Sea.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION

Parallel Session 3:

Contracting Strategies

3:35pm – 4:15pm

Karl Davis, Alfonso Alvarez, Empire Engineering and Lars Kjuul Kristensen, Kjuul Consulting

The use of EPCI contracts versus multi-contracting approaches will be presented, with a focus on why certain approaches are preferred and what the risks and benefits of these strategies are to developers, contractors and investors.

TALK – WIND TURBINE OEMs

The Role of the Wind Turbine Supplier in Foundation Design Optimisation

4:30pm – 4:45pm

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

TALK – WIND TURBINE OEMs

Siemens-Gamesa views on Foundations

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Sven Voormeeren, Siemens-Gamesa 

OUTRO

Closing Remarks

Time: 5:00pm – 5:15pm 

OUTRO

Networking

Time: 6:00pm – late

Join us at the Mud Dock, a short walking distance from MShed, to continue discussions over a glass of vino. 

Tickets

We've intentionally kept the cost of attendance low to ensure the event is accessible to a cross section of our industry, providing an unrivalled opportunity to learn, make connections and share knowledge. 

Standard ticket

Includes entry to all talks, lunch and refreshments.
£225 (+VAT)

Academic ticket

Exclusive price for the academic community, including entry to all talks,
lunch and refreshments. Limited availability.
£125 (+VAT)