Offshore wind

With an international reputation for excellence in offshore wind, our experts deliver innovative engineering solutions to our clients’ challenging subsea projects.

Building on enormous growth in Europe, offshore wind is now a truly global industry, with markets developing from the Baltic to the US and Asia. Continuous pressure to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) and fierce competition in the offshore wind sector is driving technical innovation in fixed bottom and, more recently, floating offshore wind farms.

New markets can bring challenging marine conditions, from seismic activity on the seabed to typhoons and tsunamis. In Europe, as the seabed becomes more congested, demand pushes new developments further offshore in to more challenging waters. This, along with growing turbine size, increases the complexity of installation and creates a host of new subsea engineering challenges. Our expertise helps to ensure that the dynamic interactions between waves, tides, structures and the seabed are fully understood to minimise both project risk and costs.

Applied subsea expertise

Our people are internationally recognised experts. We lead innovation in subsea engineering, and have authored a range of engineering design guidelines. With our specialist technical skills, global experience, technology and extensive physical modelling facilities, we can tackle even the most demanding offshore wind projects. Our solutions are underpinned by our extensive research programme, which gives our clients early access to the very latest design approaches.

Comprehensive support

We provide expert support and advice throughout the project lifecycle. Our globally recognised expertise in metocean modelling underpins our advice, from early feasibility and FEED stage through to detailed design, installation and operation.

  • Metocean modelling and forecasting
  • Seabed variability (morphodynamics) modelling
  • Scour modelling, assessment and analysis
  • Scour protection design and testing
  • Scour monitoring and asset management
  • Sediment core erosion testing
  • Cable burial, cable crossing and cable route design
Offshore wind services
Early assessment

A sound understanding of the seabed characteristics of a site during the initial phases of a project is vital. We use our comprehensive metocean, hydrodynamic, geotechnical and geomorphological expertise to identify the natural processes that influence the successful design of wind turbine foundations in order to optimise costs and minimise risk.

Our practical guidance on survey design (e.g. geotechnical sampling or multibeam bathymetry) will optimise data collection to ensure delivery of high quality data that is fit for use.

Innovative subsea solutions for offshore wind

Backed by extensive research, we deliver robust stabilisation and protection system designs for subsea structures (such as monopiles, large jacket foundations, cables and pipelines) that can withstand the challenging forces of tides and waves, yet are optimised in terms of installation procedures and costs. 

In the Fast Flow Facility, our large scale modelling facility, we have assessed a wide range of novel scour protection systems (e.g. rock filled nets, artificial fronds and concrete mattresses) under a range of conditions (waves, reversing flows, combined waves and flows) and can infer the potential effects these systems have on the stiffness of the subsea structure. 

Erosion testing

Cohesive soils and soft sediments are particularly challenging in offshore wind engineering. We can test the erodibility of seabed core samples with our new state of the art erosion testing facility. This allows to accurately estimate actual erosion rates across a site to inform foundation and scour protection design.

Our experience and expertise in modelling allows our engineers to produce detailed scour protection designs that optimise lifetime costs and minimise risks.

Effective asset management

We have developed a number of bespoke tools to help clients manage their assets during the operational and management (O&M) phase of their project. We can systematically predict and monitor the evolution of scour and clearly identify areas of a wind farm that need further monitoring, or immediate remedial action for which we can also advise.

Contact us for more information
Mike Case
Business Development Manager
+44 (0)1491 822899