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The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project involved the design, construction and installation of five gravity bases for EDF Renewables. The windfarm is located 5km off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland. The project is a demonstration project for the implementation of a new design for foundations used in offshore wind energy generation. The new design was based around the concept of ‘float and submerge’ technology.
BAM’s design and construction contract was valued at circa £50m. Design started early 2015, and construction commenced June 2016 and installation was completed in September 2017. The presenter will look at the different solutions explored, why floating bases were selected, the complex temporary works employed and how the use of digital design and construction techniques helped overcome problems.
Refreshments will be available from 17:30 in the lobby of the Stephenson Building.
Richard has 35 years of experience in civil engineering contracting and has been a Chartered engineer and Member of the ICE since 1990. He has worked extensively in the marine environment and is familiar with the need to provide sound technical engineering design solutions that are safe, economic and practical to construct.
Richard was Engineering Manager on the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project and has a unique insight in the temporary works, digital construction techniques and management of both the design and construction phases of the project.