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Core Curriculum of the Offshore and Dredging master

This section outlines course requirements that are more or less universal – independent of one’s further choices. The knowledge and skill conveyed by these activities forms the ‘heart’ of the offshore engineering curriculum; nearly all of the subsequent offshore engineering courses build upon these.


Offshore Engineering includes four specialisations. These are: Bottom Founded Structures, Floating Structures, Dredging Engineering and Structural Analysis:

Bottom Founded Offshore Structures, Arctic and Wind
Fixed, Bottom-Founded Structures include the fixed tower structures with a piled foundation, but also other structures such as jack-up structures in their elevated operating position or even monopile structures now being used for offshore wind energy applications. Of the roughly 9000 offshore structures in place around the world, a majority is of the fixed type, and even today the majority of new offshore structures being built is of this type.

Floating Offshore Structures
There are many types of floating offshore structures. Ship-type vessels are used commonly to support drilling rigs in deeper water – often at more remote locations. Semi-submersible platforms are used for this purpose as well and to support many other activities for which a relatively stable operating base is needed. More recent developments include tension leg platforms – a sort of tethered semi-submersible – and spar platforms.

Dredging Engineering, Trenching & Deepsea mining
The dredging engineering specialisation involves the design of equipment for moving solids from, to, or over the bottom of the sea in water depths where offshore engineers normally work. The design of more conventional dredging equipment is discussed more or less along the way. This specialization will always be included in any program focused on deep sea dredging.

Structural Analysis & Design
Think here about floating wind structures, tidal energy structures, “Pioneering Spirit” of Allseas, “Prelude” an FLNG of Shell, or the “Sleipnir” a new generation semi-submersible largest crane vessel in the world which is designed for worldwide offshore heavy lifting by HMC. But before these structures can be designed and analysed a lot of new knowledge is needed. In this specialization you will advance your knowledge for design and analysis of steel and composite floating structures used by the maritime, offshore, dredging and renewable energy industries.

Renewable Energy / Ocean Energy
Offshore renewable energy plays a significant role in contributing to the energy transition. The ocean offers a vast and untapped potential for energy generation from the marine environment – including offshore wind, tidal, wave, floating solar and ocean thermal energy. Technological advances and innovation are required to reduce lifetime costs of the energy generated and raise the competitiveness of ocean energy technologies  with respect to traditional fossil fuel solutions. The offshore renewable energy specialization includes courses in Offshore Wind Farm Design, Offshore Wind Support Structures and Drive & Energy Systems


Graduation Projects

The students are expected to pay attention to arranging his/her graduation in time. Most of these projects will be made possible with the help of the many companies within the Offshore sector.
Vacancies on these projects will be announced on the site under Vacancies, Facebook or via email.

More information about the Offshore Engineering curriculum can be found here.


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