Offshore Geotechnical Engineering  book cover
1st Edition

Offshore Geotechnical Engineering

ISBN 9781138074729
Published March 31, 2017 by CRC Press
560 Pages

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Book Description

Design practice in offshore geotechnical engineering has grown out of onshore practice, but the two application areas have tended to diverge over the last thirty years, driven partly by the scale of the foundation and anchoring elements used offshore, and partly by fundamental differences in construction and installation techniques. As a consequence offshore geotechnical engineering has grown as a speciality.

The structure of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering follows a pattern that mimics the flow of a typical offshore project. In the early chapters it provides a brief overview of the marine environment, offshore site investigation techniques and interpretation of soil behaviour. It proceeds to cover geotechnical design of piled foundations, shallow foundations and anchoring systems. Three topics are then covered which require a more multi-disciplinary approach: the design of mobile drilling rigs, pipelines and geohazards.

This book serves as a framework for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and will appeal to professional engineers specialising in the offshore industry.

Table of Contents


The Offshore Environment

Offshore Site Investigation

Soil Behaviour

Piled Foundations

Shallow Foundations

Anchoring Systems

Mobile Drilling Rigs

Pipeline and Riser Geotechnics


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Mark Randolph is the founding Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia, a founding Director of the specialist consultancy, Advanced Geomechanics, and a former Rankine Lecturer.

Susan Gourvenec is a professor at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia and delivers undergraduate, postgraduate, and industry courses on offshore geomechanics.