Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

Engaging Community

Giving Back in the Spirit of Lloyds Register

Lloyd’s Register’s history of public benefit has set the tone of the organisation for over 250 years. As a LRF Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) shares these values. To extend the impact of groundbreaking researchers, COFS instituted an annual Oration (formerly The LRET Oration Australia). It is now known as the Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) Oration Australia, and its aim is to share the work of international leaders in offshore engineering with our broader community.

Lloyd's Register Foundation Oration, Australia

In May 2013, Dr Suzanne Lacasse, Technical Director of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) gave the 2013 Lloyd’s Register Foundation Oration Australia on ‘Geotechnical Solutions for the Offshore Interweaving of Research and Practice.’

Her internationally recognised work in risk assessment and design has been pivotal in risk and reliability assessment research stream.

We look forward to further collaborations with NGI, and future LRF Orations to expand the reach of critical research in offshore engineering.

 2013 LRF Oration Dr Suzanne Lacasse

In November 2012, former COFS Director Winthrop Professor Mark Randolph delivered The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Oration Australia on ‘Geotechnical engineering on and off the North-West Shelf of Australia’.

An audience of over 200 attendees from 48 different academic and industry organisations gathered in Perth to learn from one of the most highly cited geotechnical engineers in the world.

2012 LRET Oration W/Prof Mark Randolph


Lloyd’s Register Foundation Collegia

PhD students Steven Cheng and Xiaojun Li were privileged to attend the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (LRET) Research Collegium at the University of Southampton, UK in 2011.

Working with 18 other scholars from the LRF Research Centre Network, Steven and Xiaojun researched solutions to carbon capture and offshore storage. Their resulting research A Small Carbon Footprint is available through The LRET Collegium 2011 Book Series from the University of Southampton. Subsequent collegia have continued to foster creative collaboration among the LRF Centre of Excellence Network.

“It was a great chance for me to look beyond the engineering, beyond my own research. It was an honour to share ideas with other engineers, and learn how to realise those ideas working cooperatively. The focus of the LRET Collegium is on solving problems creatively”, Xiaojun Li, LRF Scholar. Find out more

The LRET 2011 Workshop

In an initiative organised by the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, leading academic researchers from around the world gathered in London on the 6th - 7th September 2011, to identify future research challenges in areas of global importance.

The workshop was hosted by University College London, one of the LRET Research Centres of Excellence in consortium with Harbin Engineering University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and is the 3rd in a series which brings together representatives from some 25 of the LRET research centres.