Bottom Founded Structures

Even today, the majority of new structures built in the sea are of this type. Their most common form is a steel truss structure supported by hollow steel piles driven into place just after the structure has been installed on the sea bed. There are a few thousand of these structures already in use around the world in water depths of up to about 500 meters.

A relatively new activity is the development of a single steel monopile structure to support wind turbines placed in offshore wind farms. Although these structures usually are of modest proportions, their design is just as challenging.

The core curriculum for bottom founded offshore structures consists of 3 subjects totaling 16ECTS. Including this into the offshore core curriculum gives 91ECTS including the thesis. This leaves 29 ECTS for elective courses. The core bottom founded offshore structures subjects are as follows: