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Guidance for the design of suction caisson foundations for offshore windfarms

Event organised by ICE

15 March 2022
17:45 - 19:30 GMT
Event Space, Urban Science Building
Newcastle University
1 Science Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 5TG
United Kingdom

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Suction installed caissons have seen increased acceptance in the offshore wind industry due to their potential for low-noise, quick installation, and suitability to certain challenging soil conditions. This enables them to compete on a commercial basis with traditional monopile and jacket designs.

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) published guidelines in 2019 to provide clarity and guidance to industry on the geotechnical design of suction caisson foundations. The critical document provides an overview of the critical factors to consider during design and gives practical support to engineers in order to manage the design process efficiently and cost effectively.

This document provides guidance and insights into the latest engineering knowledge for the application of Suction Installed Caisson Foundations in offshore wind. The event will be presented by Jamie Irvine a leading expert and one of the key authors behind the content of the document.

This technical presentation will be targeted at engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers who are interested in the guidelines and will be users of the document in the future. It will offer an opportunity to hear the motivations for producing the document from the OWA and how this can be applied in your business.

Refreshments and network opportunity will be provided before event, starting at 17:45.


Jamie Irvine

Jamie Irvine

Cathie Group

Chartered Engineer and an Accredited Subsea Engineer

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Jamie Irvine

Jamie is a Chartered Engineer and an Accredited Subsea Engineer (SUT) with 17 years of professional experience. He is a Senior Engineer at Cathie Group a leading specialist offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy. As a geotechnical design engineer Jamie has gained experience across the oil and gas, offshore wind and marine energy sectors.

Jamie has worked on global projects, performing advanced geotechnical design for foundation systems in a complete range of water depths and geotechnical conditions. Jamie has been engaged in industry initiatives and R&D such as a leading role in the Carbon Trust CBRA project and as project manager and key author in the Suction Caisson Design Guidance project.

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