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Launch of new book ‘Intermediate Offshore Foundations’ co-authored by IROE Chair, Susan Gourvenec

Published: 22 June 2021
IOF Book Launch

IROE Chair, Susan Gourvenec has co-authored a new book - the first ever book dedicated to the geotechnical design of intermediate offshore foundations.


This book project was initiated with the sincere desire to ‘plug the gap’ existing between shallow and pile foundations. This is the first ever book dedicated to the geotechnical design of intermediate foundations, and will appeal to professional engineers and academicians specialising in the offshore industry. 

The first chapters of Intermediate Offshore Foundations introduce the foundation type, compare shallow, intermediate and deep foundation models and design, state the design issues that make intermediate foundations distinct from shallow and deep foundations. Later chapters cover installation, in-place resistance and in-place response, then miscellaneous design considerations.

There is no general agreement as to which design methods/models are appropriate, and a theme of this book is that models should only be as accurate as the data. Hence, a number of reasonably accurate models are provided together with comprehensive discussion and advice. Several example calculations and over 200 references are also included.

You can find out more and order a copy of Intermediate Offshore Foundations here.  

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Author Bios

The late Steve Kay was an independent Geotechnical Consultant with 33 years experience as a Principal Engineer with Fugro, and over forty five years as a geotechnical specialist, mainly in the oil and gas industry, both with Contractors and Consultants. Steve was an expert in shallow and intermediate (caisson, bucket, can) foundation design, with extensive worldwide experience in offshore, nearshore and land engineering. He gave suction foundation courses and master classes and wrote the commercially available software package CAISSON_VHM.

Susan Gourvenec is Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies in Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering, and Professor of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Southampton, UK. Susan is currently Convenor of the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) committee responsible for developing industry standards for marine soil investigation and offshore geotechnical design. Susan co-authored the text book Offshore Geotechnical Engineering and co-edited the Proceedings of the inaugural and second International Symposia on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics (ISFOG). 

Elisabeth Palix has 18 years of experience in offshore geotechnics. She spent 12 years working for Fugro Geoconsulting before joining EDF Renouvelables, where she is working on design and installation aspects of offshore projects. Elisabeth is also a member of the TC 209 (ISSMGE) and has been involved in several geotechnical R&D projects (e.g. SOLCYP, SOLCYP+, PISA, Unified CPT-based methods).

Etienne Alderlieste is a Senior Geotechnical Researcher/Consultant for Deltares, where he is working on installation and in-place capacity of intermediate and shallow offshore foundations. Before joining Deltares, Etienne worked as Senior Geotechnical Engineer at SPT Offshore, where he designed suction foundations for the oil, gas and offshore wind industry. He also installed and reinstalled numerous single suction anchors and several jacket structures with suction foundations worldwide.

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