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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 15 – 26, 2019

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 # EN19011
Date(s) April 15 – 26, 2019
Time(s) Monday-Friday
8:30 am – 4:45 pm (Mon, 4/15/19 and 4/22/19 begins at 8:00am. Fri, 4/26/19 ends at 3:00pm)
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 15, 2019
Early Registration Fee: $2,955.00
Regular Registration Fee: $3,195.00
Regular Registration w/ hard-copy materials: $3,345.00

*Contact Event Program Coordinator for Dual Course Registration
Dual Course Registration Fee: $4,500.00

**Electronic materials included in course fee or you may purchase hard copy materials for an additional fee of $150.00

***For groups of three or more participants, contact Event Program Coordinator to register

CEUs 5.4
Location Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC)
2501 Speedway
Innovation Center – Room 2.502
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.

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.

"I believe that most of the course materials constitute sufficient information for design of fixed offshore structures. Furthermore, instructors were very clear about their presentations and answering the questions." - Sedef Kocakaplan

"The instructors were very informative and brought real world project experience into their presentations and discussions. The instructors really encouraged questions and group interaction which helped keep the class engaged throughout the different lectures. I also liked the fact that there were multiple presenters each day. Lastly, I thought there was a good balance between technical/theoretical sharing versus project related sharing. Overall the class was well organized, facility and presenters met expectations, and I would recommend this training to young engineers working on offshore assets." - Adam Becnel

"A lot of good examples related to real life!" - past participant

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