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Fundamentals of Offshore Structures and Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms

April 9 - 20, 2018

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

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Course # EN18038
Date(s) April 9 - 20, 2018
Time(s) 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Thur (Mon April 9th begins at 8:00am)
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Fridays
Instructor(s) Dr. Spyros Kinnas

Early Registration ends February 9, 2018
Early Registration Fee: $2,955.00
Regular Registration Fee: $3,195.00
Regular Registration w/ hard-copy materials: $3,345.00

Dual Course Registration: $4,500.00
*Electronic materials included in course fee or you may purchase hard copy materials for an additional fee of $150.00
**Senior, Group, Government & Student Discounts Available. Contact Event Program Coordinator.

CEUs 5.4
Location Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Dr
Austin, TX 78712
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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 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

*Tentative and subject to change

  • Design and Construction Considerations; Design Parameters Specifications
  • Design and Construction Considerations; Three Dimensional Analysis, Special Topics
  • Standard and Special Steels
  • Offshore Site Investigation
  • Wave Theories; Spectral Analysis Application; Wind and Wave Forces, Computational Hydrodynamics
  • Buoyancy and Stability; Marine Operations
  • Engineering Geology of Continental Shelf; Offshore Piles
  • Fundamental Concepts and Case Studies for Laterally Loaded Piles
  • Design of Pile Foundations for Axial Loading
  • CAD of Single Piles and Pile Groups under Lateral Loading
  • Reliability of Pile Foundations
  • Design of Tubular Members, LRFD
  • Welding & Fatigue; Fracture Control & Inspection
  • Dynamics: Basic Concepts and Application
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Soil Dynamics & Mudslides
  • Structural Reliability
  • Load Out Transportation & Installation
  • Certification of Platforms

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.

"This was an engaging, well administered and valuable course that I will use to advance my profession." - past attendee

"Gives me a chance to meet people and a broad exposure to every aspect of offshore structures." - Lu Deng

"This is an excellent overview course touching an amazingly broad array of aspects in offshore engineering. I would strongly recommend this course to new engineers in this industry." - past attendee

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