MSc Offshore & Dredging Engineering
Since 1922 Dredging Engineering and since 1975 Offshore Engineering courses are given at the Delft University of Technology. In 2004 these two specialisations merged and formed the new MSc programme Offshore Engineering, a two-year curriculum leading to the MSc degree in Offshore & Dredging Engineering. Offshore & Dredging Engineering is multidisciplinary and is a cooperation between Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology.
Offshore & Dredging Engineering
Degree: Master of Science in Offshore & Dredging Engineering
Credits: 120 ECTS, 24 months
Type: Regular study programme
Language of instruction: English
Offshore & Dredging Engineers make structures such as fixed and floating platforms for the oil and gas industry. They also design subsea pipelines and other subsea equipment for this sector. An important feature is the design of dredging equipment for land reclamation, maintenance and the recovery of embedded minerals in deep-sea locations. Another application of offshore engineering is the design of offshore wind farms. Offshore & Dredging Engineers are the people who design facilities for the 70% of the earth’s surface area that is not land.
The offshore & dredging industry is a relatively young, international industry, which has expanded globally in the last fifty years. Almost all new offshore & dredging engineers work in the private sector. The offshore & dredging industry’s relative ’youth’ means that problems often arise that have never been encountered before. This means that offshore & dredging workers (and students of offshore & dredging engineering) must possess a great deal of ingenuity and demonstrate initiative in addressing and resolving problems.
The programme consists of four specialisations: Bottom Founded Structures, Arctic & Wind; Floating Offshore Structures; Structural Design & Analysis and Dredging Engineering, Trenching & Deepsea Mining.
Students with a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering can enrol in this programme. Students with a different background should first consult the staff of Offshore Engineering to explore the possibilities.
Bottom Founded Structures, Arctic & Wind
Bottom Founded Structures, Arctic & Wind include the fixed tower structures with a piled foundation, but also other structures such as jack-up structures in their elevated operating position or even monopole structures now being used for offshore wind energy applications. Of the roughly 9000 offshore structures in place around the world, a majority is of the fixed type, and even today the majority of new offshore structures being built is of this type.
Dredging Engineering, Trenching & Deepsea Mining
The Dredging Engineering, Trenching & Deepsea Mining specialisation involves the design of equipment for moving solids from, to, or over the bottom of the sea in water depths where offshore engineers normally work. The design of more conventional dredging equipment is discussed more or less along the way. This specialization will always be included in any programme focused on deep seadredging.
Floating Offshore Structures
There are many types of floating offshore structures. Ship-type vessels are used commonly to support drilling rigs in deeper water - often at more remote locations. Semi-submersible platforms are used for this purpose as well and to support many other activities for which a relatively stable operating base is needed. More recent developments include tension leg platforms - a sort of tethered semi-submersible - and spar platforms.