Marine Renewables

  • Date 15 Mar 2016
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Marine Renewables

15 Mar 2016, 10:00 - 16:40

South Gallery, Room 3 & 4

*Copies of presentations available in the 'Documents' tab below*

Join the marine renewables conference and hear from industry professionals about how recent innovations in modelling, surveying and foundation design are helping the industry achieve real cost reductions. We will start by exploring some of the new techniques and technologies which are expanding our knowledge in offshore surveying, in areas such as underwater acoustics, quantifying turbulence and dealing with WWII bombs and other unexploded ordinance.  After lunch we have a panel of experts who will present some of the more novel foundation systems which are being deployed to support Offshore Wind, Tidal and Wave Energy projects around the World and who will talk about a variety of projects they have been involved with, from large bore submarine drills, rock anchors and suction caissons to self-installing substations from Germany.  Finally we will wrap up with a session on new applications from existing technologies, at which we will hear from the European Space Agency on how Space tech is being applied in offshore renewables (and vice versa), the latest on floating LIDAR for offshore anemometry and a commercial power application from Wave Energy today, as well as the fascinating world and complexities associated with physical modelling and replicating the environmental conditions of seabed scour.

Chaired by Nick Murphy, Head of Operations, SeaRoc and Tony Hodgson, Global Business Development Manager - Renewable Energy, Fugro


Surveying  (Chaired by Tony Hodgson, Fugro)

10:00-10:05 | Welcome and Opening Remarks, Tony Hodgson, Global Business Development Manager - Renewable Energy, Fugro

10:05-10:30 | Quantifying Turbulence in Tidal Channels, Dr Fabian Wolk, President, Rockland Scientific Inc.

10:30-10:55 | Field-Proven Techniques in Target Identification and Tracking Using Sonar Technologies around Marine Current Turbines, Dr Pauline Jepp, Senior Software Engineer, Tritech International

10:55-11:20 | Advanced Passive Acoustics, from Pre-Installation to Maintenance of Offshore Renewable Installations and Habitat Monitoring, Luc Simon, Business Development Manager,  RTSys

11:20-11:45 | The Application of Marine Geophysical Methods for Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Detection, Anne Chabert, Chief Geophysicist, Fugro EMU

Innovations in Foundations (Chaired by Nick Murphy, SeaRoc)

13:00-13:10 | An Introduction to the Need & Economic Drivers for Novel Foundation Systems in Offshore Renewables, Nick Murphy, Head of Operations, SeaRoc

13:10-13:35 | Mono Bucket Foundations, Søren Nielsen, Director of Technology, Universal Foundation

13:35-14:00 | Innovative Foundation Installation Techniques for Offshore Renewables Projects, Michael McSherry, Marine Renewables Manager & Damian Callan, Technical Manager, McLaughlin & Harvey

14:00-14:25 | Suction Can Foundations and Self Jacking Installations, Jan Henning Günther, Lead Consulting Engineer, MAREVAL

14:25-14:45 | Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

New Applications for Technologies (Chaired by Nick Murphy, SeaRoc & Tony Hodgson, Fugro) 

15:00-15:25 | Developing Roles for Space Applications in the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector under the European Space Agency's Integrated Applications Promotion Programme (IAP), Callum Norrie, ESA IAP Offshore Energy Ambassador, European Space Agency

15:25-15:50 | NORCOWE FINO1 Validation Campaign: Study Overview & Results, Graham Howe, Director of Sales – Europe, AXYS Technologies

15:50-16:15 | Improving Data Availability and Accuracy of Offshore Environmental Monitoring While Also Reducing Cost & Complexity through Delivery of Reliable Persistent Power, Paul Watson, Director of Business Development UK & Europe, Ocean Power Technologies

16:15-16:40 | Taking the Plunge: Physical Modelling of Scour Under Combined Waves and Currents, Richard Whitehouse, Technical Director, HR Wallingford

This conference programme is CPD approved by IMarEST. Attendees are eligible for a CPD certificate, post event.

Presentations are subject to change




  • Nick Murphy


    Head of Operations


    Nick Murphy is Head of Operations at SeaRoc and SeaPlanner. He has been with the company since 2011 and is responsible for projects, hardware...

  • Tony Hodgson


    Global Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy


    Tony Hodgson is the Global Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy at Fugro.  He coordinates Fugro's business development activities in all...

  • Damian Callan


    Technical Manager

    McLaughlin & Harvey

    Having both technical and managerial roles in BT’s motor transport division, Damian joined McLaughlin & Harvey in 1997 as a Welder/Fitter. He quickly...

  • Anne Chabert


    Chief Geophysicist

    Fugro EMU

    Anne is Chief Geophysicist working within the Fugro EMU Geophysics department. She is responsible for overseeing the group’s geophysical operations...

  • Jan Henning Günther


    Naval Architect


    Jan Henning Günther is a lead consulting engineer with Hamburg-based company MAREVAL. He has been working in the offshore industry, since graduating...

  • Graham Howe


    Director of Sales – Europe

    AXYS Technologies

    Graham Howe is Director of Sales for Europe and the Middle East for AXYS Technologies. Having worked in North America, the Middle East and Europe he...

  • Pauline Jepp


    Senior Software Engineer

    Tritech International Ltd

    Pauline Jepp is a Senior Software Engineer and has been with Tritech since 2010. She is the lead designer and programmer for the SeaTec software...

  • Michael McSherry


    Marine Renewables Manager

    McLaughlin & Harvey

    Michael joined McLaughlin & Harvey as Marine Renewables Manager, having spent a number of years working within the Civil Engineering Sector on Marine...

  • Søren Nielsen


    Director Technology

    Universal Foundation

    Søren Nielsen has a M.Sc. from The Danish Technical University Mechanical Engineering/Project Management. He has experience in various management...

  • Callum Norrie


    ESA IAP Offshore Energy Ambassador

    European Space Agency

    Callum is an Ambassador for the European Space Agency Integrated Applications Promotion for Offshore Energy, which supports projects to provide...

  • Bill Shaw


    Commercial Director

    Bauer Renewables

    With over 25 years’ experience in construction, Bill joined Bauer Renewables in Spring 2012, where he took up the role of Commercial Director. His...

  • Luc Simon


    Business Development Manager


    After working as a European Collaborative Project Manager, Luc joined RTsys’ project at its very early stage. Since then, he has worked on the...

  • Paul Watson


    Director UK & Europe Business Development

    Ocean Power Technologies Ltd

    Paul Watson joined Ocean Power Technologies in August 2012 as Director of Business Development UK & Europe. After leaving the Royal Navy in 1999,...

  • Richard Whitehouse


    Technical Director

    HR Wallingford

    Richard is a Chartered Geographer and Technical Director at HR Wallingford with responsibility for the Fast Flow Facility. His main focus is on...

  • Fabian Wolk



    Rockland Scientific Inc

    Fabian Wolk has extensive scientific and technical expertise in oceanographic sensing systems, specializing in the measurement of turbulence and...


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