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Innovative and state of the art offshore wind foundation, jacket and farm designs, and the use of big data for structural design will be set out in two presentations and five poster presentations at Offshore Wind Energy conference next week from 6 to 8 June.

Atkins, in partnership with Aditazz, a Silicon Valley software company transforming the built environment, will also showcase their new, holistic approach that optimises offshore wind farm projects from the exhibition stand throughout the event. This technology allows users to simulate and optimise all the variables of an offshore wind farm simultaneously. This new holistic view means that the entire wind farm system can be optimised to produce better results for offshore projects.

Our conference presentations will be taking place on 7 June. Offshore wind senior technical consultant Trevor Hodgson will present ‘Challenges and lessons learned from the detailed design of the very deep water jacket wind turbine foundations’, and highlight the challenges faced and key lessons learned first-hand from a designer's perspective from the detailed design of what will be the world’s deepest fixed offshore wind farm.

Mechanical engineer Robbie Williamson will present ‘Decommissioning an offshore wind farm – a designer’s perspective’, highlighting key challenges from first-¬hand experience of an offshore wind farm decommissioning project, as an opportunity to design them out of new developments. As examples of such completed projects are very limited, he will give some unique insight for the wider industry.

The poster presentations will also be held on 7 June. Jorge Parra Rodriguez, engineering manager and civil engineer, will present a poster discussing the potential impact of big data on the design of offshore wind structures. Louise Devaney, senior structural engineer, will cover ‘Wave Time History realisations, pitfalls and solutions’ in her poster. The topic ‘Offshore Wind foundations – state of the art review and onwards to 20MW wind turbines’ will be set out by Narasimhan Sampathkumar, principal structural engineer in the offshore wind team. Kate Rudman, principal structural engineer, will present a ‘Review of offshore substation jacket substructure design development to challenge the norms and achieve more efficient design’ in her poster. Our poster presentations will finish with Alex Hall, principal geotechnical engineer from our geotechnical division, who will present ‘Geotechnical and structural clustering of pre-piled OSW turbine jackets’.

During all three days of the event, Atkins will be exhibiting its capabilities in the renewable energy industry at Stand N-L66.

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Paul Childs
External communications manager, Energy
+44 20 7121 2828

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