SUT’s 3-day in-person Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Course open for registration

Continuing to build its international reputation for ocean and marine engineering and science training, the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) is holding its second 3-day in-person course on Offshore Wind Renewable Energy in Newcastle, 30 April-2 May 2024. The course, led by industry and academic experts, includes visits to key sites in the area including Equinor’s Dogger Bank O&M Base on South Tyneside; and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Blyth R&D Centre.

As Course Director Dave Brookes, a Fellow of the SUT, explained: “The course, with its emphasis on practical applications, is designed for three specific groups of individuals:

  • Professional non-engineers who would benefit from understanding the offshore wind energy industry
  • Engineers and technical staff who are new to this sector or making the transition from another industry
  • Technical staff in the sector who would benefit from broadening their understanding of the sector.

“Once again we have an inspiring line-up of speakers from BP, ERM, Newcastle University, Pace Geotec and Partrac with others to be announced shortly on our Learned Society’s website and emailed to those who have already expressed an interest in attending. Naturally course numbers are limited to ensure maximum benefit to delegates.”

The topics being covered over the three days are:

  • Wind and the Net Zero Challenge including Deepwater Floating Potential
  • Planning, Environmental Studies and Approvals
  • Metocean/Weather: UK and NW Europe Focus including Deepwater for Floating Technology
  • Fixed Bottom Offshore Structure Design and Integrity
  • Offshore Site Investigation and Seabed Site Foundations
  • Construction
  • Cables
  • Floating Wind Structures
  • Operations and Maintenance Field Study including Turbine Operations, Equinor

Registration and details of fees can be found here. The SUT member price applies to members of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR); Energy Industries Council (EIC); Global Underwater Hub (GUH); International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); NOF, and the Offshore Engineering Society (OES). SUT membership information can be seen here. The SUT membership year runs from 1 July until 30 June, so currently half rates apply for new members.

SUT’s Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Course was originally created as an online course during the pandemic and attracted delegates from every continent. “It was much appreciated at the time, but of course the visits to key sites we are now able to undertake are the cherry on top of the proverbial cake. We look forward to holding the course at other key offshore wind regions in the future and can also undertake in-house courses for interested organisations,” explained Dave Brookes.