Geo-techniques for Offshore Structures

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Geo Techniques Training

The purpose of the course is to provide a comprehensive background to the various aspects of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. It is aimed at those who are involved in as well as provide support services to the geotechnical engineering

Design and construction industry, including government agencies, clients, consultants, contractors and insurance sector.


The intended audience for this course are graduate civil mechanical and structural engineers wanting to develop their understanding and skills, engineering geologists with some design experience wanting to develop or refresh their understanding, and graduate and recently chartered geotechnical engineers wanting to refresh their understanding.


Day 1

08.30- 09.00 Delegate Registration

09.00-10.30 Lecture1:Overview of Geotechnical Engineering – Dr Ana Ivanovic

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-12.15 Lecture2: Soil Characterisation and Fundamental Soil Mechanics – Dr Ana Ivanovic

12.15-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Lecture3: Site Data Collection & Interpretation – Dr Ana Ivanovic

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-17.00 Lecture 4: Foundation Concepts – Dr Ana Ivanovic

Day 2

09.00-10.30 Lecture5: Geotechnical Analysis for Offshore Structures – Dr Ana Ivanovic

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-12.15 Lecture6: Design of Mudmats for Offshore Structures – T Hodgson, Atkins global

12.15-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Lecture7: Design of Mooring Anchors & Suction Piles – T Hodgson, Atkins global

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-17.00 Lecture 8: Pile Design for Offshore Structures – T Hodgson, Atkins global



Dr Ana Ivanovic, PhD, CEng, MICE – University Of Aberdeen

Is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, with a background in civil engineering and geotechnics. Her recent research has focused on investigating the influence of iceberg scour on marine pipelines and the influence of trawling gear components on the seabed using both laboratory and numerical modelling approaches. Ana has also investigated numerical modelling of ground anchorages along with complementary laboratory experiments of anchorages installed in both rock and soil, with funding which she secured from the EPSRC. Ana has been an investigator on the EU research projects DEGREE and BENTHIS, looking at the impact of fishing gear elements on the benthos. She was also involved in a SINTEF (Norway) project investigating fuel efficiency of trawl gear elements. She has published numerous papers in peer review journals and conference proceedings. Ana was seconded (part time) to Technip UK during 2011, through funding she secured through the Royal Academy of Engineering. In this role she was involved in both project support and R&D.

Trevor Hodgson, Atkins Global, Aberdeen

Trevor Hodgson is in his second spell with Atkins, having been with them in total for well over thirty years. He has spent the majority of this time working in offshore-related areas, both in the technical execution of this work and in the management of teams of engineers to achieve specified goals. He has extensive experience of conceptual and detail design for jacket structures and topsides, including over thirty platforms in SE Asia, and concrete structures in the North Sea and worldwide. His experience encompasses both shallow and deeper water platforms of steel and concrete construction, drilling riser and conductor analysis, semi-submersible and FPSO vessels, high-speed aluminium surface craft, and even peer review for the nuclear industry. He has recently been involved in the development of concepts and detailed designs for the offshore renewable energy market, including wind, wave and tidal energy conversion devices, most recently Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) substructures.

He is highly experienced in the application and interpretation of advanced finite element analysis methods for the design process and has used this experience to great effect in the development and support of engineering software, primarily the ASAS: OFFSHORE suite for the oil and gas industry, now part of ANSYS. He is the author of numerous texts on structural design and analysis, was convenor of a panel covering Structural Analysis of Fixed Concrete Platforms for the ISO standard on offshore installations, and lectures for ASRANet and the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde on offshore structures and renewables

Duration: 2 Days

Cost: £650 + VAT

Geo-techniques for Offshore Structures Training Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Inverness  and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

Geo-techniques for Offshore Structures Training Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India, Ghana and Nigeria is also available.


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