This webinar will present the main engineering challenges involved in the development of offshore wind farms, based on experience gained with a company that is a leading designer of offshore foundations for wind turbines.
We will look at the differences between onshore and offshore wind farms, the main types of foundations adopted for wind turbines at sea, their design and fabrication, and some key technical issues arising with operation and maintenance.
- Challenges and solutions for engineering design in the marine environment.
- Pros and cons of offshore wind versus onshore wind.
- Types of offshore wind foundations.
- Fabrication and installation of large steel monopile foundations.
- Design of primary steel: extreme event analysis, natural frequency analysis, fatigue analysis.
- Design of secondary steel items: boat landings, j-tubes, external platforms.
- Risk and hazards of working in the marine environment.
Structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, marine engineers, energy developers, marine scientists.
Giacomo Caleffi graduated in Civil Engineering in 2008 and worked for two years as an environmental/hydraulic engineer in Italy, before relocating to London to work as an offshore structural engineer for two multidisciplinary consultancies (Ramboll and Arup). In 2014 he became a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Giacomo has been living in New Zealand since 2016 and is now learning about buildings and earthquakes as a structural engineer with New Zealand Consulting Engineers Ltd.