Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

Fugro Chair in Geotechnics

The Fugro Chair in Geotechnics was formed to initiate and conduct innovative, world-leading and cutting edge research, relevant to industry needs, in the field of offshore geotechnics.

The Fugro Chair appointment helps COFS to sustain an active research group addressing key questions related to design and performance within the field of offshore geotechnics, and reducing risk by enhancing engineering design across the offshore sector.

Fugro and COFSMark Randolph inspecting core logs

The contribution to major projects by this partnership has led to award-winning achievements including the 2014 Engineers Australia award recognising the Gorgon Super Span. Together, Fugro and COFS played an integral role in securing 3 pipelines on a 200m high scarp at the edge of the continental shelf.

Research Topics 

Current research topics include

  • Site characterisation techniques in soft seabeds with particular focus on pipeline-soil interactions
  • Development of non-deterministic analysis techniques to evaluate reliability of foundation designs
  • Advancing prediction techniques for the installation of large diameter 'monopiles' for offshore wind farms
  • Evolution of submarine slides and impact on pipelines
  • Design of compliant subsea foundations
  • Time-dependant pipeline-soil interaction, allowing for seabed mobility

Further Information

For further information, please contact Fugro Chair in Geotechnics, Professor Fraser Bransby, +61 6488 7368, [email protected]