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Event Organiser: The British Geotechnical Association

The 54th BGA Rankine Lecture - Interactions in offshore foundation design, Christchurch

  • Lecture
  • 19 March 2014
  • 17:30 - 20:00
The 54th BGA Rankine Lecture - Interactions in offshore foundation design, Christchurch

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Please note: this recording is taken from Professor Houlsby's lecture delivered in London on 19th March 2014. This lecture was also delivered in Auckland and Wellington on 5 and 6 May 2015 respectively.

Presented by Professor Guy Houlsby of Oxford University

Tuesday 5th May, Room 3.404, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland

Wednesday 6th May, The Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon

Thursday 7th May, Law 108 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury

You are invited to enjoy a selection of refreshments from 5.30pm prior to each presentation at 6pm.

Please RSVP by Monday 27th April to: Jo Conway, [email protected]


Offshore foundation design has been a research topic with direct practical applications for a number of decades, with the increasing need to generate power by harvesting offshore wind presenting new challenges.

The lecture will use examples from offshore foundation design to illustrate important areas:

(a) where geotechnical engineers need to address engineering problems in which phenomena interact in a way that cannot be separated, and (b) where their interactions with other disciplines are important.

The first example is drawn from the assessment of the safety of installation of jack-up units (large mobile offshore drilling rigs). It will illustrate how more rational approaches can be achieved through a deeper use of probabilistic methods in both the prediction of performance and the assessment of field observations.

The second example also comes from jack-up practice, but has very wide application: it will address the classical problem of the performance of foundations under combined loading, and how this can be understood in a simple theoretical and practical framework.

The final example comes from the renewables sector, where the rapidly expanding offshore wind industry poses new foundation challenges for geotechnical engineers. Practical and economic foundation solutions are required if the UK is to meet its ambitious plans to exploit larger turbines in deeper waters.

Both conventional and novel solutions to the foundation problem will be discussed.

The lecture will demonstrate how interactions with other disciplines can enrich geotechnical engineering, illustrated by specific practical examples from the author's experience.


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Event venue

University of Canterbury
New Zealand

For more information please contact:

Jo Conway

e: [email protected]