The OFFshore ITRH unites a world-class team of researchers across the full spectrum of offshore engineering – from the atmosphere down to the seabed – providing a new multi-disciplinary perspective spanning metocean (meteorology and oceanography), hydrodynamics and geotechnics, tied together with expertise in statistics, reliability and asset management. This breadth provides a balanced perspective on performance in design and operation. Work in the OFFshore ITRH is separated into the following five key project streams.

Project One: Metocean hazards from solitons

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The aim of this project is to quantify the soliton hazard in the North West Shelf by using field observations to evaluate a detailed numerical model which will allow for better prediction of total design current at any location in the study area.

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Project Two: Wave-structure interaction


The aim of this project is to use world-best numerical modelling capabilities to enable reliability-based analysis of complex wave-structure interactions and hence improve the efficient operation of floating facilities.

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Project Three: Reliable moorings and risers

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The aim of this project is to develop new design tools which are able to reduce design uncertainty to a point where both high-capacity steel catenary risers are viable and anchored mooring lines are reliable.

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Project Four: Novel anchors and subsea foundation systems


The aim of this project is to develop low-cost low-risk subsea anchors and foundation solutions which benefit from the consideration of whole-life behaviour.

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Project Five: Floating facility data analytics for condition/ longevity monitoring


The aim of this project is to envelope the others and apply engineering statistics and modern data analytics to enhance facility whole-life performance.

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