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    Offshore renewable energy summer school
  • Offshore renewable energy summer school
  • Offshore renewable energy summer school
  • Offshore renewable energy summer school

Offshore renewable energy summer school

About this course

Type Classroom training
Level Specialist
Duration 10 days
Topic Energy

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An industry focused course that aims to expand and sustain a community of high-quality staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry.


The offshore renewable energy summer school is a two-week IMarEST accredited course hosted by HR Wallingford and is delivered at the end of year one of the Edinburgh / Strathclyde / Exeter Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) programme. The first summer school in this series was held at HR Wallingford in 2012, attended by post graduate students from the IDCORE programme. From 2013, the course has been open to bookings from other students and professionals with the added flexibility of attending either the full course, or selected modules. The summer school is designed to deliver an industry focused course that aims to expand and sustain a community of high-quality staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry.

Course content

Module 1 - Site selection and Environmental assessments and noise modelling (1 day) *Cannot be booked as an individual module

Site selection

Appropriate site selection is fundamental to the successful development of offshore renewables. Sites chosen must provide access to viable energy resources and also take into account other technical and environmental risks. The site selection module will familiarise attendees with an overview of the technical issues and risks when identifying and selecting sites for the implementation of wave, tidal and offshore wind projects. 

Environmental assessments and noise modelling

Environmental impact assessments are an integral part of projects, providing a systematic process for identifying, predicting and evaluating the environmental effects of proposed actions and projects. This module provides a background into them, what they encompass and why they’re undertaken. It then focusses on the process involved in conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment with examples of the key requirements and reporting structure. 

Module 2 - Flow and tide modelling using TELEMAC-2D (1.5 days)

A powerful insight into hydrodynamic processes can be gained through numerical modelling. TELEMAC‑2D uses a flexible mesh, which optimises computational efficiency whilst maintaining fine detail in the area of interest. This course will teach participants how to generate a model mesh, and set up, run and modify a TELEMAC-2D model. Two different simulations will be compared to predict the impact of changes in the environment. 

Module 3 - Waves and wave modelling using SWAN (1.5 days)

The design of coastal structures is typically reliant on prediction of wave conditions in shallow water. As waves transform from offshore they are modified by several processes dependent on the height and period of the waves and the water depth. The SWAN spectral wave model, is a reliable model for wave generation and transformation in relatively shallow water and is widely used within the industry for deriving operational and design wave conditions in coastal waters. This module will provide a summary of the theory related to wave transformation, and provide a hands-on introduction to setting up and running SWAN, including pre- and post-processing.

Module 4 - Wave forces on structures (1 day)

This module introduces the key issues of coastal processes and design methods for coastal structures, including seawalls, breakwaters, vertical walls, piers and jetties. Coastal ports and harbours are necessary infrastructure to provide access to offshore renewable energy farms. The key responses covered will be wave overtopping prediction and/or crest level calculation, and armour size determination. Simple methods to estimate wave loads will also be covered.


Module 5* - Maritime engineering (2 days) *Cannot be booked as an individual module

Maritime engineering faces the challenges of building in difficult conditions where waves, tides, currents, wind, ice and erosion all pose threats on the structural integrity of offshore structures. The main objectives of marine design are to achieve efficient economical structures that are resilient to these forces, using safe construction methods, materials and equipment which meet the requirements at minimum cost. This module will include an overview of marine construction, geotechnical, hydrographic and metocean data collection with a visit to Fugro’s offshore soil investigation laboratory in Wallingford. It will also cover foundation design and installation and scour protection methods along with dredging contracts, methods and procedures. 

Module 6 - Marine scour and sediment (1 day)

Scour is a physical process related to the movement of the seabed or riverbed sediment as a result of the flow of water around a structure. Scour is of a geotechnical nature as it relates to the reduction in ground level around a structure. This module will introduce the necessary methods for assessing and mitigating the risk of scour. Whether it is related to the foundation structures and the cabling necessary for in-field transmission and power export associated with offshore renewables developments or to pipelines, seawalls or breakwaters. 

Module 7 - Modelling hall and navigation simulator practical (1 day). This module must be attended in conjunction with Module 6.  

Module 8* - Full course assignment.

*Please note that these modules are only available to delegates booking on the full two week summer school, and cannot be booked individually.

Who should attend?

Students, engineers, regulators and consultants working in the offshore renewable energy sector.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course participants will have:

The summer school and each module are accredited by IMarEST for Continuing Professional Development; a certificate will be provided on completion of the course or the module(s).

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Dates and availability


Book modules separately

Course leader(s)

Richard Whitehouse

Richard Whitehouse

Chief Technical Director (Sediment Dynamics)

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The mix between practical exercises, trips to facilities and lecturing was very good. No subject was over-long … I feel that I have learned a lot, while having an enjoyable experience.”

“The practical element was truly interesting and fun, giving a glimpse into the problems faced for the installation and operation of marine renewables and cabling.”

“Very good overall, good balance of lectures, tutorials and practicals. Excellent practical assignment at end of course.

Past delegates

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