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Organization
2015/2016 Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Master Offshore and Dredging Engineering
OE4624-15
Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
ECTS: 4
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
F. Pisano    F.Pisano@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
0/0/4/0
Education Period
3
Start Education
3
Exam Period
3
4
Course Language
English
Expected prior knowledge
OE4624 builds upon AES1730 or equivalent basic soil mechanics knowledge
Course Contents
Offshore Soil Mechanics covers essential topics in Offshore Geotechnics. After some recaps on previous background required, preliminary concepts about marine geology and subsea site investigation are discussed; then, the main experimental evidences about the behaviour of water-saturated soils under environmental loading are presented. Much time is devoted to the quantitative analysis/design of shallow and deep (piled) foundations for bottom-fixed and floating offshore facilities, with emphasis on the relationship between soil behaviour and soil-structure interaction. Finally, additional topics in modern offshore geo-engineering are also addressed, such as the main geotechnical inputs to the design of offshore artificial islands and submarine pipelines.
Study Goals
Students will extend through Offshore Geotechnical Engineering their basic knowledge on soil mechanics towards offshore applications.

The main learning objectives are listed here below:

- to describe the principles for planning offshore site surveys for soil characterization purposes;
- to relate the main features of offshore soil behaviour to offshore soil-structure interaction processes;
- to analyse/design the most common foundation types for both bottom-fixed and floating offshore structures;
- to perform relevant stability analyses for offshore artificial islands;
- to explain the main geotechnical inputs to the design of submarine pipelines, also accounting for natural geohazard.
Education Method
Lectures
Literature and Study Materials
Main study materials:

- Lecture slides
- Randolph, M., & Gourvenec, S. (2011). Offshore geotechnical engineering. CRC Press
- Verruijt, A. (1994). Offshore Soil Mechanics. Delft University of Technology
(freely available online: geo.verruijt.net)

Further readings will be recommended during the course as specific topics are addressed.
Assessment
Written exam
Department
3mE Department Maritime & Transport Technology
Contact
F.Pisano@tudelft.nl