November 6, 2018
In early November, OFFshore Hub members headed to Hanoi, Vietnam for the first Vietnam Symposium on Advances in Offshore Engineering (VSOE) at the National University of Civil Engineering.
The VSOE, in conjunction with universities and research bodies in Vietnam, brought together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to discuss and promote technology and policy changes affecting renewable energy.
The central theme of the symposium was “Energy and Geotechnics“. The program was comprised of paper presentations, poster sessions, project demonstrations and keynote speakers. Topics included recent offshore engineering and technology innovations, cost-effective and safer foundations and structural solutions, environment protection, hazards, vulnerability and risk management.
The OFFshore Hub was well represented at the event. Director Phil Watson chaired a session on the Design of Offshore foundations and presented a paper on “Life cycle changes in p-y stiffness for a conductor pile installed in carbonate silt”. Chief Investigator (CI) Christophe Gaudin chaired a session on the Design of Offshore structures, CIs Scott Draper and Fraser Bransby presented recent work, and CI Mark Randolph provided the closing address.