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Large-scale field testing research to advance offshore pile design

Event organised by ICE

20 February 2024
17:45 - 19:30 GMT
Advanced Research Centre
University Of Glasgow
11 Chapel Lane
Glasgow, G11 6EW
United Kingdom

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Several major joint industry research projects have been conducted recently to support offshore jacket and monopile driven pile design, employing advanced pile load testing programmes to answer key research questions. The results have augmented existing pile load testing databases and enhanced understanding of pile behaviour under a wide range of loading modes and in a range of geo-materials, leading to the development of new evidence-based design approaches.

This talk will consider key aspects of field-testing experimental design, test execution, data acquisition and interpretation including the state-of-the-art in pile instrumentation. Latest experiences and lessons learnt from large-scale pile testing research will be outlined along with future perspectives. It is argued that well-executed testing can lead to highly impactful outcomes and provide essential benchmarks for the development of improved practical design approaches.

For those attending in person refreshments will be served from 17:45.


Dr Róisín Buckley

Dr Róisín Buckley

University of Glasgow

lecturer in geotechnical engineering

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Dr Róisín Buckley

Dr Róisín Buckley is an Academic at the University of Glasgow and a chartered civil engineer. Her main research field is experimental geotechnics with a particular focus on field testing and site characterisation to support the design of offshore structures.

Her recent roles include key contributions to the field testing components of the ALPACA and PICASO projects and as principal investigator of the EPSRC-funded SOURCE project, which aims to reduce the uncertainty associated with the characterisation of key input parameters for use in offshore foundation design methods.

She was a recipient of the ICE David Hislop Award in 2019 and 2021 and the BGA medal in 2022 and recently delivered a keynote address at the 2023 SUT offshore site investigation and geotechnics conference.

She is a current member of the Géotechnique Advisory Panel and is a visiting fellow in engineering at the University of Oxford.

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Lyndsey Pollock