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Learning to assess marine scour risk

Posted: 24-Jan-2017


Over the last decade, the drive to develop offshore renewable resources has emphasised the importance of assessing the scour hazard for marine assets such as foundation structures and cabling. There is a pressing need to better understand the processes of scour and erosion, particularly as foundation structures become more complex. HR Wallingford has created a new Marine Scour Course which explores the theories and methods for analysing scour for a range of marine environments.

The course content covers an introduction to scour hazard assessment for different marine soils, how to estimate scour at marine structures, including around complex structures and pipelines, and a review of the range of scour countermeasures available. The course also includes the consideration of landfalls and erosion, jack up rigs, and an examination of vessel scour. A number of different practical sessions have been devised to consolidate the theories learned through hands-on experience.

Designed for consultants, contractors, regulatory authorities, energy companies, government departments and students, and led by international experts in this field, the Marine Scour Course combines theory, practical exercises and open discussion to provide an understanding of the hazards and mitigation measures involved in real-life marine projects.

The two-day Marine Scour Course will provide attendees with the most up to date guidance, incorporate case study experiences, and include new ground-breaking research for the industry, applicable and useful in both research and commercial projects.

“Delegates will leave with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of marine scour,” explained Prof Richard Whitehouse, Course Tutor. “The course will equip them to be able to evaluate design considerations for marine structures, as well as identify and outline procedures for designing scour countermeasures.”

Dr John Harris, Technical Director at HR Wallingford, added: “HR Wallingford is undertaking research to increase the understanding of scour in non-uniform soils, efficient scour protection measures, and the assessment of scour development at more complex foundation types. Scour hazards will continue to remain a challenge for foundations and cabling, and it is important that these are addressed, in order to reduce costs over the lifetime of a project”.

The course takes place on Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 June 2017, at HR Wallingford’s offices in Oxfordshire. Find out more: http://training.hrwallingford.com/training/marine-scour

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