Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

Our Centre provides solutions to worldwide offshore foundation needs through high-quality and sophisticated modelling and experimental facilities. We are one of the world’s largest teams of internationally recognised researchers in offshore geomechanics.

National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility

The National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility (NGCF) is a world-leading geotechnical centrifuge modelling facility that brings together six Australian universities working on a wide range of geotechnical problems, both offshore and onshore.

Numerical Modelling

The Numerical Modelling research stream develops innovative computational techniques and tools necessary to model offshore processes and infrastructure. We focus on developing computational algorithms capturing multi-phase sediment response, consolidation and strain rate effects in large deformation problems, multi-body hydrodynamic responses and non-linear soil-fluid-structure interaction.


Designed and built by UWA’s in-house technical team, the O-Tubes are recirculating flumes through which water is rapidly circulated, simulating extreme underwater wave and current conditions, perfect for studying scour and sediment transport problems.

Geotechnical testing laboratory

The geotechnical testing laboratory facilities quantify physical, physical-chemical, thermal and other mechanical properties of geomaterials. The lab houses advanced testing equipment including a hollow cylinder apparatus, a resonant column device, a dynamic triaxial apparatus and cyclic simple shear devices.


Mark Randolph awarded Swiss honorary doctorate

Internationally recognised geotechnical engineer Professor Mark Randolph has received another accolade for his expertise in offshore geotechnics.

Mon, 23 Nov 2015
Researchers look closely at sediment behaviour

Researchers at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) this week published a new image-based method for measuring displacements and deformations that is seeing rapid adoption in research institutes worldwide.

Mon, 16 Nov 2015


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Introduction to COFS

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