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Development of screw piles as foundations for offshore wind energy structures

Event organised by ICE

13 February 2024
17:30 - 19:00 GMT
Stephenson's lecture theatres (room G.006)
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

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The rapid growth in offshore wind energy requires the use of effective and efficient foundation solutions for both fixed bottom and floating structures. Monopile and conventional hammer-driven tubular piles on jacket structures may be reaching their current design limits, and with growing concern over the noise caused by their installation, alternative foundation solutions need to be considered.

Screw piles have long been used onshore and if their design can be upscaled appropriately, the effectively silent installation and high axial loading capacities are just two examples of the benefits which screw piles could provide the offshore wind sector.

This presentation will cover experimental work using the geotechnical centrifuge at the University of Dundee to investigate the feasibility of using large screw piles for offshore wind energy foundations. Limitations of current installation and axial load design methods are discussed along with the proposal of new and improved methods.

Further insight into how the changing of installation parameters can reduce installation loading requirements and enhance tensile capacity are also presented using evidence from additional centrifuge and numerical modelling tests.

Buffet and networking from 17:30, meeting starts at 18:00. 

Organised by

Northern Geotechnical Group

Northern Geotechnical Group

We are the principal association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.

The British Geotechnical Association

The British Geotechnical Association

The BGA is the principal association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom and organises a number of high profile events each year.


Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson

University of Dundee

geotechnical engineering facility manager

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Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson is the geotechnical engineering facility manager at the University of Dundee, UK, where he is responsible for conducting detailed and rigorous testing programmes for industrial partners and clients as well as operating and maintaining the laboratory equipment.

His current research areas include investigations into centrifuge modelling of drag embedment anchors, transmission tower foundations, screw piles and other silent foundation technologies, and element testing of soil-interface interactions.