UWA Oceans Institute

New ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities at UWA

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News that UWA is to be home to a prestigious ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities at UWA, led by Professor David White, the Shell EMI Professor in Offshore Engineering, has been greeted with great enthusiasm at UWA’s Oceans Institute. 

We spoke to David, to get the background on the Hub and how it came about, and what it will mean for WA’s number one University. Here’s what he had to say.

“For many years the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (ECM) has been a world leader in activities spanning offshore foundations, coastal and physical oceanography, fluid science for offshore oil and gas production and remote sensing and data analysis." “To build and expand on these strengths, and grow the multi-disciplinary links between them, ECM is now focussing its research efforts under the banner of Engineering for Remote Operations (ERO), forming several multidisciplinary research groups charged with addressing the many and diverse challenges in ERO.

“Key groups active in ocean related research include: big data processing and mining; engineering communities and environment; engineering system health, and offshore facilities and ocean systems. A primary aim of the research groups is to build a critical mass of active researches in key multidisciplinary areas.

“Over the last year the ERO group on Offshore Facilities and Ocean Systems developed a successful proposal to host the ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities at UWA. “The Hub is a $5 million five year research project with a collective matching contribution from industry partners Shell, Woodside, Bureau Veritas and The Lloyd’s Register. “It will address the critical engineering challenges associated with Australia’s next generation of offshore oil and gas projects, which will require innovative floating facilities such as floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG).

“Drawing on world-leading multi-disciplinary expertise at UWA across metocean, hydrodynamic, geotechnical and reliability engineering, the Research Hub will develop and deploy the new technologies and analysis methods that are required for safe and efficient projects, spanning wave and current forecasting, vessel motion and offloading analysis, riser and mooring longevity and novel anchoring and subsea foundations.

“This research will blend experiments and numerical simulations, validated by field observations from offshore.”

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