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  • Fundamentals of Offshore Structures and Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms

Fundamentals of Offshore Structures and Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms

April 13 – 24, 2020

Unfortunately, this year's course has been canceled. Keep an eye out for 2021 dates.

Course # EN20014
Date(s) April 13 – 24, 2020
Time(s) Monday-Friday
8:30 am – 4:45 pm (Mon, 4/13/20 and 4/20/20 begins at 8:00 AM)
Instructor(s) Spyros Kinnas (Faculty-in-Charge), Jean Audibert, Brad Campbell, Kerry Campbell, Rodney Deschamps, Oleg Esenkov, Karl Frank, Robert Gilbert, John Jones, Lance Manuel, Yashar Moslehy, Atef "Adam" Saleh, Ali Sari, John Stiff, J. Ward Turner, Adel Younan

Early Registration ends February 17, 2020

Early Registration Fee*: $2,955
Regular Registration Fee*: $3,195

Early Regular Registration w/ hard-copy materials: $3,105
Regular Registration w/ hard-copy materials: $3,345

1 week Registration Fee***: $1,625

Group Registration Fee**: $2,556

Contact Program Coordinator for Dual Course Registration
Dual Course Registration Fee: $4,500

*Electronic materials included in course fee or you may purchase hard copy materials for an additional fee of $150

**For groups of three or more participants, contact Program Coordinator to register.
***Contact Program Coordinator for 1-week registration

CEUs 5.4
Location Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC)
2501 Speedway
Room TBD
Austin, TX 78712
Map and Directions
This course is provided in partnership with:
Offshore Technology Research Center
The University of Texas at Austin
and Texas A&M University

Course Overview

Developed specifically for engineers, scientists and technologists, this course offering will review the fundamentals of all types of offshore structures (fixed and 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 designs 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 discussion of actual design problems in order to ensure students can put the newly learned concepts to use.

Tentative and Subject to Change Course Agenda

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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

Who should attend

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.


Dr. Spyros Kinnas. For technical information please contact Dr. Kinnas at


Participants are strongly encouraged to register for both offshore courses for a comprehensive treatment of the subject matter. Alternatively, participants may complete the Fundamentals of Offshore Structures and Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms first and then register for the Design of Floating Production Systems course in the following year. Participants should have completed course work (as part of a BS or higher degree in engineering) or have familiarity (through work experience) on the subjects of fluid mechanics and structural analysis. Otherwise, please check with the faculty in charge before registering.

Electronic materials will be provided for this course so participants need to bring a laptop. A hard copy version of the materials may be purchased at additional cost.

"Well coordinated sessions with topics in gradual sequence. The instructor’s industry based experience kept together real world knowledge and practical challenges" - past participant

"The depth of subject knowledge kept the class interest high. The real world behavior of the sea was worth learning" - past participant

"Enjoyable and useful information" - Larry Abraham

"Excellent insight information from frame analysis" - Collins Asilonu

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