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Offshore wind foundations: overcoming the challenges

Event organised by ICE

09 November 2023
17:30 - 19:00 GMT

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Offshore wind farms are becoming increasingly common, not just in the UK but worldwide.

The towering structures with their iconic triple blades are all very similar in appearance at first glance, but what you don’t see, below the water, can vary significantly.

While there are many advantages to placing turbines offshore, it comes with a multitude of challenges to overcome. The offshore environment is harsh, unforgiving, and throws us new challenges regularly in this developing industry.

This online presentation will present a brief outline of wind turbine foundations, the key structural challenges and how to overcome them.

The session will also explore the developments and opportunities just over the horizon.

ICE Bristol City Club has organised this webinar as part of an ongoing programme of events. Everyone is welcome.

To find out more about getting involved with the ICE Bristol City Club Committee: [email protected] or [email protected].


Alan Marson

Alan Marson

Kent Plc

principal structural engineer

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Alan Marson

Alan has worked in offshore engineering for nearly 20 years, initially in the oil and gas field and latterly in offshore wind. He is a chartered marine engineer and works in Kent’s offshore wind office in Bristol. He has previously worked for companies such as Babcock and Longitude, covering a range of offshore areas from vessel mobilisation and sea fastening to the blast resilience of nuclear submarine equipment. Alan has experience in both concept and detailed design of jacket, monopile, gravity base and floating offshore wind foundations.