Webinar: The Evolution of Offshore Structures: The Transition from Oil and Gas to Wind with A Focus on the US

KNVTS Afdeling Amsterdam

Wednesday February 17th, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 

This lecture will be given in English.

Speaker: Roger Basu

While ships have plied the oceans for millennia the history of offshore engineering is relatively short. The extraction of oil and gas first occurred on land but quite soon migrated to shallow waters and eventually to deep water. In doing so many of the structures to support this activity evolved to meet the engineering challenges and several innovations resulted. Wind energy developments are following a similar trajectory. 

The presentation will summarize how structures to support offshore oil and gas operations developed and will describe some of the innovations. The search for energy is transitioning from carbon-based to greener sources, and offshore wind is prominent among the several options available. While many of these developments are relatively recent, clear trends are emerging. Much of the pioneering work in offshore wind energy happened in Europe but other parts of the world, principally China and the United States, are now showing increased interest. These topics will be outlined in the presentation focusing on developments in the US. Current and expected future developments in offshore wind in US waters will also be discussed. Some of the challenges will be addressed particularly as they relate to the infrastructure needed to develop offshore wind energy resources. 

About the speaker:
Roger I. Basu is a structural engineer with more than 45 years’ experience gained in the UK, Canada and the US. His early experience included the buildings, bridges and offshore structures. For the last 35 years his focus has been exclusively on ship and offshore structures. His experience in specialist areas include wind effects on structures, vibrations, fatigue & fracture and risk and reliability. His recent experience includes two years teaching various subjects at Webb Institute in NY which he joined in 2012 after retiring from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Houston after a 15-year career. Prior to that he worked for 10 years at a naval architectural firm in Ottawa, Canada. At ABS Roger held a number of positions and retired as the Director of Shared Technology responsible for the development of several technologies applicable to both marine and offshore sectors. He now runs his own company, Roger Basu & Associates Inc. (www.rbasu.com), based in Toronto, and works on training and consulting assignments. Although he has limited experience in the subject of wind energy Roger maintains a keen interest in developments in the interaction between wind and marine systems. Roger holds a Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Western Ontario.  He is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario and is a Fellow of SNAME.

More information:
The Webinar will be recorded.
After the presentation there will be 1/2hs for Q&A.

Registration for the lecture can be done on the link: click here

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