by enabling the most effective techniques to be picked rather than working
around the sole method available for the job. Involvement in the foundation
design stages means we can fully optimize the protection system’s design and
make innovations which eliminate the need to use a steel J-tube.
This approach can lead to savings in excess of hundreds of thousands of
dollars for each turbine installed while the importance of these subsea cables
to wind farms has led to advancements in protection systems that are now
bringing benefts beyond offshore wind.
Design and analysis software can support both the offshore oil and gas and wind farm industries enabling engineers to model any type of offshore structural system
and provide optimal design against environmental loads,
such as waves, wind, and current in addition to mechanical loads from wind turbines. Engineers can use software
to explore the effects of fatigue, ship impact loads, transportation, and installation and use it to provide options for
safe, cost-effective solutions that potentially can save many
hours of design time.
Design and analysis software, such as Bentley’s SACs
can be integrated with well-established turbine manufac-
turer simulation software for a fully coupled analysis. This integration allows
users to accurately simulate the loads on a wind turbine platform structure
and enables engineers to optimize these steel structures for cost, installation
weight, and strength.
Skilled engineers can transfer their knowledge of post-design fabrication and installation engineering for the oil
and gas sector to the design of offshore wind foundations.
For example our frm leveraged its extensive offshore
engineering knowledge to design the substructures for the
Block Island Wind Farm (the frst offshore wind farm in
the U.S.) by adapting the steel jacket foundations used in
the oil and gas industry as the design-basis for the deep-
water wind turbine support structures. We used offshore
engineering software to deliver an alternative to typical
offshore wind monopile foundations that are limited to
shallower water depths and smaller wind turbine genera-
tors and incorporated load models from the turbine gen-
erator designer to optimize the design of the total structure and ensure safe