The Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities (OFFshore ITRH) is a multi-discipline research group jointly funded by industry and the Australian Research Council. The OFFshore ITRH will tackle critical engineering challenges for offshore oil and gas projects by creating improved designs and operating procedures in a collaborative manner. Summary details are available here.
The OFFshore ITRH launched on 15th April 2016 at the UWA University Club, alongside the Industrial Transformation Training Centre for LNG Futures (ITTC) in the presence of Senator Linda Reynolds. There were more than 200 attendees, including Professor Fiona Cameron of the ARC, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research Robyn Owens, Perth’s Lord Major Lisa Scaffidi, key representatives from each of our partner organizations, and many other distinguished guests.
The OFFshore ITRH involves five interlinked multi-discipline projects that will develop new technologies to unlock safe and more efficient offshore projects, spanning both design and operations. The projects are in the areas of ocean forecasting, riser and mooring longevity, vessel motion and offloading, and novel anchoring and subsea foundations. The research program involves a blend of physical and numerical modelling supported by fieldwork and analysis of observations from existing facilities.
The OFFshore ITRH OFF is led by a team of 15 academic staff based in UWA’s Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (including the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering (CEME), the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering (SMCE), and the School of Mathematics and Statistics). The OFFshore ITRH is embedded within UWA’s broader group of more than 40 academics with interests in offshore engineering and ocean systems who bring a wealth of technical experience to the activities of the OFFshore ITRH.
The OFFshore ITRH will utilize and expand UWA’s existing facilities in order to deliver successful outcomes for the rigorous research program. These include the centrifuge facilities at the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility (NGCF), the unique O-tube cyclone simulation flume facilities, and the ocean data collection and modelling facilities at the Oceans Institute (OI). UWA’s oceans researchers across engineering and science are co-located in the new Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC). Woodside’s FutureLab OceanWorks initiative is supporting industry-academia collaboration in the OFFshore ITRH. This includes a collaboration space in the IOMRC and the RiverLab community for offshore fieldwork on Perth’s Swan River.
The OFFshore ITRH industry partners are Shell, Woodside Energy, Bureau Veritas and Lloyds Register. Each partner organisation is helping to shape the research directions, collaborate in the research activity, drive the technology transfer, and assist with the mentorship of the researchers and students.Success will be measured by the impact of the OFFshore ITRH on the activities of the partners and the wider industry.
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