- Owner’s Engineer
- Foundations Package management
- Foundations Engineering management
- Foundations Lead engineers
- Tender preparation, evaluation and negotiation of Detailed Design and EPCI contracts
- Concept development
- Certification support, including definition of certifier’s scope and management of certification process
- Independent design reviews
- Value Engineering
- Preparation and review of Design Basis document
- Planning and scoping of offshore geotechnical site investigation and onshore laboratory testing campaigns
- Load Iteration management – we also offer a 1-day training package covering this highly specialist topic
- Concept evaluation and selection
- Front End Engineering Design (FEED)
- Concept design for early stage project planning and budgeting
- Competitive Tender design for Contractors
- Fatigue, Ultimate, Accidental and Serviceability limit state analysis
- Design Basis and Design Brief preparation
- Screening of geotechnical conditions
- Geotechnical assessment including evaluation of foundation installation methods
- Linear and Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis including: bolted and grouted connections, boat landings, ship impact, pile toe buckling, pile driving damage and stress concentration factors
- Design of monopile, jacket and gravity base foundations at concept, tender and detailed phases
- Design Basis and Design Brief preparation and review
- Bolted and grouted connection design
- Failure analysis, including repair, root-cause and forensic investigation
- Independent design review and assessment
- Value Engineering
- Metocean analysis
- Hydrodynamic loading
- Corrosion protection review
- Lifting and transportation analysis
- Lifetime extension analysis
- Geotechnical analysis
- Pile installation evaluation and marine works support, including back-analysis of pile driving records
Emergency Response Service (ERS)
Emergency incidents can involve risks to the integrity of the foundation structure and turbine. This may lead to significant business interruption
By registering your offshore wind assets with Empire’s Emergency Response Service, you can access foundation specialists within the first few hours of an incident.
- 24/7 Engineering support
- Access to structural models and data
- Nominated contact point(s) including out of hours
- Back up core asset data to mitigate against severe
loss at a crucial moment
Tools we use
Empire only uses the industry-leading products to perform our work. We keep in-house a specialist suite of software, which allows us to perform a wide range of assessments and analyses. This includes Fathom, our custom designed tool for assessing hydrodynamic loading on structures.
If you have unique technical requirements, our engineers will be happy to adapt.
Foundations Concept and Tender Design
FATHOM is an in-house code we’ve written for assessing hydrodynamic loading on structures, and performing ULS and FLS strength checks. We’ve coded it ourselves so it’s hugely flexible and fully customisable for our Clients needs.
Finite Element Analysis
When problems exceed the capabilities of hand calculations, or a higher level of accuracy is required, we use the ANSYS suite of analysis tools. We have the capability and experience to perform complicated non-linear static and transient analyses.
Computer Aided Design
For 3D modeling of components and assemblies as well as engineering drawing production we maintain licenses of Solidworks, Inventor and AutoCAD. We like to think there isn’t much we can’t design with these tools, but if you prefer a different flavour of CAD, our designers are only too happy to switch their hand to CATIA, Pro/E or even Google Sketchup.
For detailed numerical analysis, post processing of turbine loads data and reviewing accelerometer or strain gauge data we are big fans of Matlab.
There are many tools available to assist with Project Management. Our package of choice is MS Project as its great for maintaining a good overview of a project.