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Suction installed caissons have seen increased acceptance in the offshore wind industry due to their potential for quick installation with low noise and suitability to certain challenging soil conditions, which enables them to compete on a commercial basis with traditional monopile and jacket designs.
The Carbon Trust has recently published the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Suction Installed Caisson Foundation Design Guidelines, to increase industry confidence in the use of suction caissons. This important document brings together the latest understanding and research to provide clarity and guidance for engineers looking to design suction caissons for foundations in offshore wind. The guidelines provide an overview of the critical factors to consider when incorporating these designs and give practical support to engineers in order to manage the design process efficiently and cost-effectively.
The guidelines were written on behalf of the OWA by an expert author team, led by Cathie Associates and comprising University of Oxford and SPT Offshore. The participation of OWA partners ensured input from developers.
The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.
Jamie Irvine is a highly experienced offshore geotechnical engineer with over 12 years of industry experience, he is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IMarEST.
Jamie has managed a range of projects from desk studies and geotechnical survey management through to the detailed design of a range of offshore foundations including suction caissons, driven piles and spread footings for offshore wind and oil & gas applications.
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