Fundamentals of Offshore Structures and Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms

Cockrell School of Engineering

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Cockrell School of Engineering


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Engineers (BS holders) who work in the offshore industry, and wish to receive a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals and practical aspects of offshore structures. Best suited to new or recent hires or those who aspire to work in the offshore industry.

About the course

Review the fundamentals of both fixed and floating offshore structures including design, wave theories, reliability, applications, and principles based on real-world case studies.

*This course is provided in partnership with: *

  • Offshore Technology Research Center
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • and Texas A&M University

Developed specifically for engineers, scientists, and technologists, this course offering will review the fundamentals of all types of offshore structures (fixed or floating) and, in the case of fixed platforms, will cover applications of these principles. The overall objective is to provide participants with an understanding of the design and construction of offshore platforms, specifically the theory and process of such design and the use of current, applicable engineering methods in the design of fixed offshore platforms. In addition to the traditional lecture, the course encourages group discussions of actual design problems in order to ensure students can put the newly learned concepts to use.

Topics Covered

  • Design and Construction Considerations
  • Platform Design
  • Frame Analysis
  • Design of Tubular Members
  • Tubular Joints
  • Introduction to Offshore Geotech Problems
  • Engineering Geology of Offshore Areas
  • Offshore Site Investigations & Soil Characterization
  • Offshore Soil Mechanics
  • Offshore Pile Installation
  • Axial Capacity of Piles
  • Lateral Load Design
  • Offshore Slope Stability
  • Service Failures
  • Fracture Mechanics & Fatigue
  • Certification of Platforms
  • Wave Theories
  • Spectral Analysis Applications
  • Design Parameter Specifications
  • Wave, Current and Wind Forces – Theory
  • Wave, Current and Wind Forces – Applications
  • Reliability-Based Design
  • Structural Reliability
  • Structural Dynamics: Basic Concepts
  • Structural Dynamics: Applications
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Stability and Buoyancy
  • Marine Operations and Loadout
  • Transportation
  • Marine Equipment and Installation
  • Uncertainty in Offshore Systems I: Dynamics
  • Uncertainty in Offshore Systems II: Risk Assessment and Design
  • Computational Hydrodynamics – Applications


Spyros Kinnas

Hudson Matlock Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering Associate Director, Offshore Technology Research Center In charge of Ocean Engineering Graduate program at UT Austin Diploma, Naval Architecture and Marine ...

Robert Gilbert

Dr. Robert Gilbert earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin that same year. In 1996, he won a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gilbe...

Jean Audibert

Specialties: Piled, gravity base and hybrid foundations, seafloor-pipeline/flowline/riser interaction, site characterization A Geotechnical Consultant with over 40 years of worldwide professional engineering experience both onshore and offshore, serving the oil and gas industry, power industry, ...

Kerry Campbell

Kerry J. Campbell began his professional career in 1968 as a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey mapping glacial and Holocene deposits in New England. Subsequently, he helped pioneer sea-ice and permafrost surveys in the Arctic using radar profilers. For the past 40+ years, he ha...

Karl Frank

Karl Frank, professor emeritus in structural engineering, received an AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors individuals who have made a difference in the advancement of the structural steel design and construction industry. The award gives s...

Ali Sari

Dr. Sari has over 20 years of experience in analysis of Onshore and Offshore structures. He has professional experience in dynamic analysis and design of Onshore and Offshore structures and equipment to resist blast loads from high explosives, and vapor cloud explosions. He has analyzed and desig...

Adel Younan

Twenty seven years of experience in structural engineering with emphasis on offshore structures: Seismic design - Chairman of API SC2 Seismic Resource Group. Authored ISO 19901-2, API RP2EQ, and seismic sections in ISO 19902 and API RP2A. Offshore Structural Reliability - pipelines, offshore st...

Brad Campbell

40 Years of Hands On Action and Results in the Industry with some of the hardest and most challenging gases and situations in the Gas Patch or Refinery Offgas world. Experience with Oxygen; H2S/ CO2 and other sulfurs/COS/CS2; vacuum gathering/ measurement; extremely rich gas; strange and difficul...

Rodney Deschamps

2013 - Present: Chevron ETC, CSME, Marine Terminal Engineer 1991 - 2013: Senior Managing Principal Engineer, ABS Americas Offshore Engineering Department, Structures Group B. S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University M.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston Prior to ABS Americas ...

Oleg Esenkov

ExxonMobil Production Company, Senior Technical Professional Advisor, 2014-present ExxonMobil Development Company, Sr. Development Planner, 2012-2014 ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Sr. Research Engineer, 2001-2012 NOAA/AOML, Postdoctoral Associate, 2000-2001 RSMAS/University of Miami, Ph....

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