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Fleming Award Winner 2017: The PISA (Pile Soil Analysis) Project, Manchester

  • Lecture
  • Manchester
  • 26 September 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Fleming Award Winner 2017: The PISA (Pile Soil Analysis) Project, Manchester

About this event

The £3.5m Joint Industry Pile Soil Analysis (PISA) project has delivered new design methods for laterally loaded pile foundations, particularly focused on next generation monopiles for offshore wind turbines. The project involved a wide ranging set of activities, from numerical modelling and theoretical developments to laboratory testing and a comprehensive field scale pile testing campaign to provide the validation evidence.

This presentation will provide an overview of the project and the design methods that have been developed, with a focus on both the numerical modelling and the field testing campaign. The implications for design will be highlighted. The PISA project was funded through the Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, led by Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) and 10 industry partners, with the scientific work completed by an Academic Workgroup from Oxford University, Imperial College London and University College Dublin.

The project represents a great example of innovation within the sector that is driving down the levelised cost of offshore wind energy. The PISA Project won the 2017 Fleming Award given by the British Geotechnical Association.


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Byron Byrne

Ørsted / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair of Advanced Geotechnical Design and Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Byron Byrne

Byron Byrne leads on research at Oxford University into the geotechnics of offshore wind foundations, exploring a wide range of solutions, from suction caissons to monopile support structures. Prof Byrne was the Principal Investigator for the PISA project responsible for leading a team of academic researchers collaboratively with the industry funders.

He is currently the Oxford Director of the Cranfield / Oxford EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures, responsible for training the next generation of technical leaders for the renewables sector. In 2011, he delivered the Géotechnique Lecture on “Foundation design for offshore wind turbines”. He regularly acts as a consultant to the industry.

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Lidija Zdravkovic

Professor of Computational Geomechanics and Head of Geotechnics Division, Imperial College London

Lidija Zdravkovic

Lidija Zdravkovic has led research at Imperial College on the development and application of numerical methods in geotechnical design, providing solutions to a wide range of geotechnical problems. The bespoke finite element code ICFEP is the computational platform of her research group and is regularly applied in consulting to industry.

Prof Zdravkovic led the PISA work-stream on numerical modelling of monopile foundations and associated ground characterisation. She is currently the Principal Investigator for Imperial College on the Euratom BEACON project that supports implementation of the first-of-their-kind geological repositories for nuclear waste disposal. In 2013 she delivered the Géotechnique Lecture on "Geotechnical numerical analysis: A road map".

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Event venue

University of Manchester
Renold Building
Altrincham Street
Manchester M1 7JA
United Kingdom

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Lauren Moczulski

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