Understanding marine scour

Mon, 30 January 2017

A new course to assess marine scour risk will take place in June at HR Wallingford to address the pressing need to better understand the processes of scour and erosion, particularly as foundation structures become more complex.

Over the last decade, the drive to develop offshore renewable resources has emphasised the importance of assessing the scour hazard for marine assets such as foundation structures and cabling.

Dr John Harris, technical director at HR Wallingford, said: “HR Wallingford is undertaking research to increase the understanding of scour in non-uniform soils, efficient scour protection measures, and the assessment of scour development at more complex foundation types.”

“Scour hazards will continue to remain a challenge for foundations and cabling, and it is important that these are addressed, in order to reduce costs over the lifetime of a project.”

The two-day course covers an introduction to scour hazard assessment for different marine soils, how to estimate scour at marine structures, including around complex structures and pipelines, and a review of the range of scour countermeasures available. 

Designed for consultants, contractors, regulatory authorities, energy companies, government departments and students, and led by international experts in this field, the Marine Scour Course combines theory, practical exercises and open discussion to provide an understanding of the hazards and mitigation measures involved in real-life marine projects.

The course takes place from Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 June 2017, at HR Wallingford’s offices in Oxfordshire, UK.

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Source: Anne-Marie Causer

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