Offshore Engineering includes four specialisations. These are: Bottom Founded Structures, Floating Structures, Dredging Engineering and Subsea Engineering:
- Bottom Founded Structures
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 monopole 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 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
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 programme focused on deep seadredging.
- Subsea Engineering
Subsea engineering relates to the design of equipment for an ever-increasing myriad of activities which takes place under water and usually on the sea bed. As oil fields are being located in deeper and deeper water (500 m depth is considered shallow by subsea engineers), it becomes more and more cost-effective to replace facilities on the sea surface with equipment on the sea bed to perform the same operation.
- Materials Engineering
This year, a fifth specialization is introduced to the Offshore & Dredging Engineering Master. It focuses on the materials used in offshore structures and the way materials are analysed for design considerations.
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.