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"We are committed to a cleaner, greener, brighter future."

#earthday2021

This #earthday we have caught up with Danny Bonnett, Director here at WT, about the business's future plans and his personal journey to carbon-neutral living.

What are we doing at Wood Thilsted?

Here at Wood Thilsted, our leading role in designing the global energy transition is important but just as important is the way that we as a business and our people work.

So, this Earth Day, as part of our commitment to protecting the planet, we are working with Treedom to plant a tree for every employee in the business - and a few more just because you can never do enough. We’ve carefully selected Treedom due to their strict standards, focus on biodiversity as well as social and community justice. 

This is just the beginning for Wood Thilsted as between now and the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in November we will be working to put our plans in place supporting the wider global journey to carbon neutrality. I’ll be applying some of my personal experience to this work so keep your eyes open for updates throughout the year.

What have I and my family done?

Over the last 5 years my family of four have made a conscious effort to adapt our ways whilst obviously still making the most of life??– carbon free doesn’t mean fun free. Some of it is easy some of it is a little more difficult. I’m going to shamelessly steal the 10 areas New Civil Engineer broke this down into and surveyed for their August 2020 piece.

  1. Live car free. Only 18% of people felt this was an easy task. My advice is take public transport whenever you can, especially when in close proximity to or in an urban area. We lived car-free in London for 5 years, but we do need one in the country. This is where no. 2 comes in.

  2. Shift to an electric car. Again only 24% of people thought this was an easy switch but this is one area I would encourage more people to investigate. We made the switch five years ago, initially running an electric run-about in parallel with a slightly larger petrol car. We soon found this wasn’t necessary and upgraded our electric vehicle to a larger one, whilst trading in the petrol one. I am sure some of you will be raising cost, range anxiety and inconvenience. In response I’d respond and say you can now get hold of second-hand electric cars more and more easily, there are charging points at all major service stations in the UK, and from personal experience I can tell you for our local commutes we often go for a week between charges.  When travelling further afield we  plug-in every 2 and half hours (a 30mins charge normally gets us 75% full). This is something we all need to do for a rest, comfort break and/or drink.

  3. Take one less long-haul flight a year. Interestingly 50% of people felt this was relatively easy to do and it will have one of the biggest impacts on your carbon footprint. Our family gave up flying for leisure purposes in 2006. We use trains wherever possible, combined with our electric car, and we’ve holidayed in France, Spain, Denmark and Italy. I’m confident that as my children get older, they will find the joys of travel further afield through more sustainable means.

  4. Purchase or produce your own renewable energy. Slightly surprisingly, 53% of people felt this would be a difficult task. My message would be it just takes a few minutes to sort, and it really is a doddle. If you are live in the UK or parts of Europe you are lucky as we have some of the highest levels of renewable energy available (thanks in good part to offshore wind). Consumer demand drives energy markets so it’s important to play your part and switch through one of the many companies now available. You might even save money if you’re clever. We also undertook a home energy project which I’ll took a bit more about below.

  5. Use public transport more. I talked about this above. For those living in cities it’s pretty easy. In rural areas I would say cycle when you can, a lot of things are still only a few miles away and often as quick or only a little slower by bike. This is great for health and mental wellbeing. When travelling between areas, take a train where you can and of course when these aren’t convenient or don’t work you can fall back on your electric car.

  6. Refurbish/renovate your home to improve energy efficiency. This is one of biggest things we can now all start to think about as we look to put the squeeze on carbon. We undertook an energy project on our house a few years back, installing solar panels, a wind turbine, heat pump, energy efficient heating and very importantly for the UK, wood fibre board insulation with lime plaster. It sounds a lot but it just requires a little planning and some determination.  Spread it out over time and enjoy the journey. Sounds expensive? It doesn’t have to be, but of course the costs and paybacks for the different aspects vary. You can implement it in parts, especially if the energy coming into your home is already from renewable sources. 

  7. Switch to a vegan diet. Let’s be honest this isn’t going to be easy for everyone but we need to start looking at the amount of meat we eat. My advice would be start part-time and you’ll soon find that it’s not as tricky as you imagine. My daughter started by suggesting she did ‘Vegadvent’. Obviously cooking different meals for different people in a single household can be time consuming, so we decided we’d all give it a go as a family. It taught us the basic principles and although some people in the house are still meat eaters that’s normally saved for when we go out. Voila! Reduction in your carbon footprint while still getting to enjoy the things you like.

  8. Install a heat pump. Previous to starting on our home energy project, we had a pretty old-fashioned oil boiler. As we were off the UK gas grid, the options for heating were biomass or heat pumps. Heat pumps are amazing things as they generally give out 5 units of heat for every unit of electricity. They act as an energy multiplier and come in two main varieties; ground source which is the most efficient and air source which is similar to a reverse air conditioner. If you add solar panels or a wind turbine to a heat pump set up so the energy coming is produced onsite, then you are onto an absolute winner. However, even with renewable energy bought from the grid this will be a vast reduction in your footprint. We had the luxury of having solar panels, a wind turbine and the space to install a ground source pump, which takes more space but increases efficiency. This combination, hooked up to a battery, means we can draw energy directly at the start of the day and what we need at the end of the day from the battery. Any excess can be sold back to the grid. All neatly controlled and monitored from my phone app.

  9. Use more energy efficient appliances. This is a simple one for anyone. Pay attention to the energy labels and replace anything that is old or broken. It will actually be better for the environment.

  10. Shift to renewable based heating. I’ve pretty much covered this under heat pumps. The only piece to mention is biomass. It’s also an option, which we looked at, and can work well as it can be fairly closed loop but you do have to bear two things in mind. You still need to get the biomass delivered and store and it can have an impact on air quality.

Well, that’s my family’s journey. It takes a little time and thought and some money to set-up but you will really learn to understand the impact everything has on our environment and over time you will see more than a return on that investment. Importantly, it means you can enjoy the things you enjoy with less guilt, as you and your family will be doing your bit for the journey to carbon neutrality. If you have any questions about my journey towards carbon neutrality drop me a line and once more Happy Earth Day!


Danny Bonnett, Director

"Offshore Wind is poised to take off on a global scale — but it won’t be easy".  An interview with the WT team on the expanding market.

Ahead of the first virtual IPF event, we dig a little deeper into WT's role within the expansion of the industry.

IPF 2021, the most important annual U.S Offshore Wind event, is focusing the first day of its virtual content on ‘expansion’; from the supply chain networks to integration, decarbonisation to global project updates. 

Some of the best minds in the industry will discuss the positive developments within the U.S and beyond; key market opportunities for industry and supply chain growth, as well as giving insight for how businesses can transform and play a vital role in this expanding industry. 

Here are some answers to the top questions Wood Thilsted is being asked leading up to the beginning of the IPF events:

Q. Let’s drive straight in. As we all know, the global energy transition is a pathway away from fossil-based to zero-carbon energy. What are the three biggest contributions Wood Thilsted are driving to make this energy transition into reality?

“Start with the big guns! Well, first thing’s first; our biggest contribution is the wicked-smart team here at Wood Thilsted. We care about the future of our planet and our expertise are second-to-none. Our power is in the passion, dedication, knowledge and intelligence behind what we do. We are confident to say we believe we are the best at what we do – providing the most cost efficient, intelligent, and sustainable Offshore Wind project designs. 

We’re able to engineer foundation solutions with less materials - our optimised designs are more efficient and offer huge financial benefits. The overall costs and margins for Offshore Wind projects have come down dramatically from what they used to be, making it even more critical that we have best talent to ensure accuracy and there is no room for errors to be made.

In at two, (though in no particular order here!) is our adaptability and agility in this changing market and evolving world. We can respond to our clients changing needs with the technology we use and how we work with them as a single team. Projects evolve more effectively because we are more efficient and work as a thoroughly integrated team. We are here and able to support clients and deliver client success.

Finally, and by no means least, our biggest contribution is our ability to grow with the market. Our team has grown by 50% in the past 12 months, we have active projects across 4 continents, and we are expanding as the market expands - at pace!! Our end goal? To deliver our best-in-class services to as many projects as possible. Our expertise in designing foundations for wind farms in Europe can now be applied to markets globally which contribute to driving down costs of Offshore Wind and enhance the proliferation of it.”

Q. This new way of thinking is going to transform the energy market forever - how does it feel to be part of such a huge global change?

“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime - how many people can say their day job can have such an impact for our collective future? When you discover what Offshore Wind can do and what it means for transforming our global energy production, your passion is unleashed! You get up every day, work the problems, create, design or consult, to bring this technology to the forefront and solve the energy crisis. 

We have had staff move continents to be part of our story, to share their talent with the progressive and adaptive industry. It’s powerful to be part of such a collective movement and see what combining our minds can achieve. Wood Thilsted are firmly a part of the story and solution for reducing energy-related CO2 emissions in order to limit climate change. It feels nothing short of total fulfilment that we are making a difference to meet the global targets for the great energy transition.”

Q. Wood Thilsted is a key player in the transformation of the global energy sector - how are you leading the conversation in Offshore Wind? 

We are at the very frontier of the market, from both the scale of what we do, the technology we use and our expertise in how we engineer. 

We are currently delivering the largest project in the world, with the biggest turbines (from GE) in the market. We are the key problem-solvers from projects in Japan to North America, not to mention we are able to take on the most technically challenging areas - working in seismic areas and dealing with tropical cyclones, for example. We are doing more to improve our communications not just within the industry, but outside it too, to educate, inspire and inform the conversations around Offshore Wind. 

Q: What key technologies or innovation do you anticipate being the most important in order to navigate energy demand peaks/changes, whilst the population and economy are still growing?

“The biggest challenges we will face, are with the areas of our economy which are the toughest to remove carbon from. Two we are particularly interested in looking at are aviation & homes. 

Now aviation contributes around 2% of the world's global carbon emissions, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It also predicts passenger numbers will double to 8.2 billion in 2037. This is a huge rise and will no doubt put strain on our emissions. What we must do is find a way we can power planes using renewable energy. 

As for household heating, there are both global and local goals in place. Take the UK’s “Green Power Pledge"; delivering the ‘promise to power every home with Offshore Wind by 2030’. This is a great target to have, but in order to reach the Prime Minister’s target of 40 gigawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030, (which will power all the homes in the UK), the pace and scale at which projects are being built needs to get a move on. And that is just one country alone, let alone the global shift we need to act on collectively. 

So, let’s imagine the above can be solved, there is still one of the biggest challenges we face in the industry, bringing the power to the shore and to the grid. 

Real results will be achieved by combining battery storage with Offshore Wind to stabilise power delivery and allow renewables to completely take over from fossil fuels for global power generation. Until recent years, batteries and other energy storage systems were not large enough to bridge the mismatch between supply and demand. Advances in battery technology have solved this problem. Combining that technology with the capability of large wind farms to regulate output and even provide black-start in the event of an outage, gives grid operators the tools to fully remove fossil energy from the picture. 

More economical technology is coming online, and its powerful impact on the markets will no doubt be proven.”

Q. And last but by no means least, why Offshore Wind?

“It is one of the only renewable energy options which can deliver energy of utility scale and is generated in close proximity to heavily populated areas.

Offshore Wind technology is becoming increasingly mainstream. If we look back to 2009, it represented only 1% of global wind generation capacity, a figure which had grown to 10% by 2019. 

Now at Wood Thilsted, we are able to get more turbines in the water; faster, cheaper, better. Sustainability is absolutely at the forefront of our minds as a business and the services we offer, but it goes beyond recycling paper or turning off the lights - it’s about bringing down the cost of renewable energy and putting the world on a much better footing so business can adopt it faster. 

We are designed for the Offshore Wind business - unlike other companies we have no fossil fuel division - we are 100% focused on Offshore Wind. We are the experts in our field, so we are truly contributing to the advancement of this industry and the transformation of the planet.”

Interview contributions by:

Christian LeBlanc Thilsted, Director & Founder

Alastair Muir Wood, Director & Founder

Matt Palmer, Director, President & CEO WT USA

Hannah Abend, Director

Welcome Jon Collins

March 4, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Jon Collins is joining WT from DNV where he has been instrumental in developing their short-term day ahead forecasting services, digital twin capabilities, and the energy yield tool WindFarmer Analyst. Jon will join CarlaRibeiro’s Energy and Climate Analytics department and, together with Bruna de Queiroz, will further develop the company’s wind resource yield and metocean capabilities to better serve our clients in achieving significant reductions in LCoE for their projects.

Wood Thilsted USA office opens with the appointment of Matt Palmer and Hiram Mechling

January 1, 2021

Wood Thilsted is delighted to welcome Matt Palmer and Hiram Mechling to the WT team. They will be the first employees of WT’s new USA entity Wood Thilsted Partners, Inc. Matt has been involved in the offshore wind business in the US for almost 20 years, served as Engineering Manager for Cape Wind, and most recently was Vice President and Offshore Wind Manager at WSP USA.


Hiram has extensive experience as an offshore wind foundation engineer and project manager. His credentials as project manager or lead structural engineer for US offshore wind projects include Dominion’s VOWTAP (predecessor to CVOW), Fishermen’s Energy Atlantic City Wind Farm, and Deepwater’s Block Island Wind Farm. At WSP USA, Hiram was Supervising Structural Engineer and Operations Manager for Offshore Wind. Hiram will continue to serve as Senior Project Manager and professional engineering of record (P.E.) for Vineyard Wind’s WTG foundation design. 

Both are Professional Engineers (P.E.) in the US, have been heavily involved in the US offshore wind standards development process, and bring deep knowledge of US requirements. Matt and Hiram will be President and Vice President of WT USA, respectively.  2021 will be a very exciting year in US offshore wind and we at Wood Thilsted look forward to the contributions our Team can make in the US with Matt and Hiram’s leadership.

Carla Ribeiro joins to lead WT's Energy and Climate Analytics department

25th November 2020

We are very pleased to announce that we have been joined by Carla Ribeiro. 

Carla is an industry reference in wind resource assessment and site conditions, as well as an experienced leader of multidisciplinary expert teams. She has been operating for 16 years within the wind industry, in several regions across the world.   
Carla joins us to expand and develop our capabilities in Site Conditions and Energy Production Assessment, both for the offshore and onshore environments. “It is paramount that Wood Thilsted addresses all our customer’s needs and becomes the ‘one-stop-shop’ for development support the market is demanding” says Alastair Muir Wood “We are very fortunate we can count on professionals of Carla’s calibre to push the boundary of our capabilities. Her Energy and Climate Analytics department will be a unique combination of wind and marine data expertise, which will be unparallel in the industry”. Carla’s background is in Environmental Engineering, Climate Physics and Renewable Energy. She has also been a member of the IEA task 19 for the development of wind projects in cold climate.

Low Carbon Transition,

A word from our Director, Danny Bonnett

On the 3rd of November we were treated to the Institution of Civil Engineers presidential address.  The ICE President for the year is Rachel Skinner, a practicing civil engineer, working for WSP.  I thoroughly recommend that you watch her address, following the link below.  The theme  for the address is Net Zero Carbon, and this will be her focus in leading the ICE over the coming 12 months.


At Wood Thilsted, we've been thinking hard about how to play our part, as effectively as possible, in the LOW CARBON TRANSITION.  

  • We've sharpened our focus on offshore wind, extending our services with the aim of covering all the engineering skills a client would want from their consultant as they deliver their offshore wind projects.  An example of this extension of our service offering, is our ability to now undertake energy yield analysis, supporting site wide layout optimisation.  

  • We have always majored on very efficient foundations and structures, and now we're quantifying the embodied energy and the embodied carbon in our designs too.  Through quantification, we enable a progressive reduction of these metrics on a per unit of electricity basis.

  • And……


….to ensure that we keep delivering solutions that make sense in the BIG PICTURE, we've been looking for the right metric to keep us on track well into the future.  To do this, we're adopting Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI) which measures the overall effectiveness of the projects that we work on.  As an example of how this works:


EROEI =                        (Sum of lifetime energy output from the wind turbine) 

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                      (sum of energy input into extraction, manufacture, transport, installation, operation, decommissioning of the wind turbine)


This ratio should be positive for energy producing assets, and it allows us to compare the effectiveness of projects with dissimilar support structures (e.g. floaters, jackets, monopiles), different turbines, and in different parts of the world.  EROEI is a great tool for renewables projects, where we expect a large surplus of energy exported, compared to energy input into manufacturing and construction. 


If you'd like to find out more about this, or any other part of the work we do at Wood Thilsted, then please reach out.  In the meantime, I strongly recommend you watch Rachel's speech, if you can find the time.


https://www.ice.org.uk/eventarchive/ice-presidential-address-2020

WOOD THILSTED celebrates 5th birthday

November 3, 2020

On 3rd November 2015, exactly 5 years ago, WOOD THILSTED was established by Alastair Muir Wood and Christian LeBlanc Thilsted. They were following their dream to establish an international consultancy company to deliver world-class engineering services to the offshore wind industry.  It has been quite a journey: Through continuous technical developments, organisational updates and office openings to keep pace with our global expansion and annual doubling of staff. All this, while winning contracts, delivering projects, and going the extra mile to support our clients.  

Today, we are more than 85 world-class engineers, across Europe, Asia and USA, delivering offshore wind projects globally. Among our larger projects are the Akita Port project - the first large-scale offshore wind farm in Japan; the Vineyard Wind project - the first large-scale offshore wind farm in USA; and the world’s largest offshore wind farms in UK. In 2021 alone, we will deliver the detailed design for 3GW of offshore wind farms which will generate renewable electricity to approximately 4 million households.

WOOD THILSTED would never have made it this far without our talented and amazingly passionate employees who always go to great lengths to raise the bar and deliver the extraordinary; and also not without our clients who have put their trust in us, awarding us large contracts, allowing us to develop and grow. Lastly, behind Alastair and Christian, their families have been incredibly supportive, allowing them to work endless nights and weekends to make all of this happen. 

We look to the future of continued growth - for WOOD THILSTED as well as the global offshore wind industry. Through excellent engineering, we will keep striving to optimise offshore wind farms with better and greener designs. To learn more about WOOD THILSTED, have a look at our new company brochure: Here

A trip to the Copenhagen Office

August, 2020

A trip to our Copenhagen Office reminds me that Offices still have value - how we untap that value in the UK is the question

Last week I took the new air bridges as an opportunity to visit our Copenhagen office which has been operating more or less as normal since May. The experience was odd after so long in lockdown in the UK, but showed there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

I saw in Denmark that the office didn't need to be covered in HAZMAT tape for everyone to still work safely at a distance. That we could still all sit around a white board (at a distance) and strategise in a way we simply wouldn't online. Knowing that employees were not facing the struggles of small flat working any longer was also a relief.

What this means for the UK, certainly not the end of our offices, however where they are, what we do with them and how they are best used is almost certainly going to change. I believe that Denmark benefits:

  1. Shorter, healthier and safer commutes

  2. FAR lower cost of office space meaning lower densities and better work environment

  3. We provide on site healthy lunch giving people a real moment in the day to socialise - something they lost being at home


Now to understand how to respond in the UK and not simply see the office as a cost to reduce.

Danish Government looks at a way out of lock down - A view from our Finance Director

March, 2020

Whilst we have always been able to get our workforce to work from home, juggling this with the requirement to also home school children can be challenging. At Wood Thilsted we have actively tried to support this through:

  • Removing ‘core hours’ and providing our staff complete flexibility on when they work through this period. Focussing on output, not on when and how work was performed.

  • Allowing staff to reduce workloads where home commitments become too much

  • Ensuring that our senior team make regular contact with our staff to ensure their wellbeing is maintained


Yesterday the Danish Government gave a glimpse to how #covid19 restrictions can gradually relaxed. For those people trying to juggle working at home full time with the requirement to also full time home school, their announcement provides some mild hope. By returning the youngest children back to school first, those children with potentially the higher dependency needs at home, allows employees to increase the separation of work and life once again.

WOOD THILSTED OPENS NEW OFFICE IN TOKYO

September 15, 2019

We are excited to announce that WOOD THILSTED has established a Branch Office in Tokyo, Japan following our positive experience in the Asian offshore wind industry in Taiwan.  Our branch demonstrates the commitment that WOOD THILSTED is making in supporting the rapidly growing offshore wind industry in Japan.

Japanese authorities have recently legislated a new law allowing for extensive development of offshore wind in the aim of achieving at least 10GW additional wind energy capacity by 2030. The offshore regions of Japan are challenged by restricted areas of shallow water, poorly understood geology and with the offshore structures and turbines being affected by earthquakes and typhoons. WOOD THILSTEDs local presence combined with industry leading support from offices in Denmark and UK will be key in providing optimized solutions to our clients in these exciting yet challenging conditions.


Lead Engineer and Branch Manager, Amir Shajarati will be heading the Tokyo branch, and has relocated from Copenhagen to Tokyo as of September 2019. Amir is looking forward to learn about the Japanese culture, and especially to support the rapidly growing market for offshore wind while attracting local talent to expand WOOD THILSTEDs new Japanese office.

WOOD THILSTED OPENS NEW OFFICE IN BRISTOL

February 1, 2019

Wood Thilsted have expanded a little further west with the opening of our Bristol office.  Located in central Bristol, it will be the home office for new recruits Luke Fussell, Graham Brymer and Will Beckinsale.   All 3 new recruits have a very strong track record in design for manufacture, installation and operation for renewable energy assets.  Skills within the office now include:

  • 3D modelling of complex assets and methodologies for assembly;

  • design risk assessments and reduction of physical risk through application of the CDM regulations;

  • structural design using analytical and numerical methods (finite element analysis);

  • project engineering and due diligence;

  • design of primary steel for jackets;

  • design and package management of floating support structures.

DANNY BONNETT IS JOINING WOOD THILSTED

January 1, 2019

We are very pleased to announce today that we have been joined by Danny Bonnett.
Danny is a highly experienced engineer and manager, with a passion for developing renewable energy projects. He has been operating for 10 years within the offshore wind industry, and over 20 years in the wider energy industry.  “I first worked with Danny on the Lincs project in 2009” says Alastair Muir Wood “It is great to be still working together 10 years later, and fantastic that he is joining our team”.
Danny joins us as a new Associate Director and will be opening a Bristol Office for Wood Thilsted in February 2019. Danny graduated in engineering at Cambridge University and is a Chartered Engineer. He is Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a member of their Expert Energy Panel.

Merry Christmas, to our partners, clients, colleagues and friends from all of us at WT.

December 20, 2018

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WOOD THILSTED OPENS OFFICE IN TAIWAN

August 1, 2018

We are very excited to announce that Wood Thilsted Partners has established a Branch Office in Taiwan. Taiwan’s offshore wind market is expected to expand to 5.5GW by 2025.

We have already supported our clients with geotechnical and structural engineering as well as geophysical and geotechnical site investigation management for several projects in the region.


Branch manager Johan Meincke relocated to Taipei earlier this year and is looking forward to support the rapidly growing market for offshore wind in Taiwan and Asia. Local presence combined with industry leading support from the offices in London, Copenhagen and Frederica will be key in providing optimized solutions to our clients in these very challenging markets.

WSP AND WOOD THILSTED AWARDED CONTRACT TO DESIGN OFFSHORE WIND FOUNDATIONS FOR VINEYARD WIND IN US

May 1, 2018

WOOD THILSTED AND WSP USA HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE CONTRACT TO PROVIDE DETAILED DESIGN OF FOUNDATIONS FOR VINEYARD WIND’S OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT.

Vineyard Wind will be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. and the largest offshore wind development in the country. The project will provide 800MW of electricity—enough to produce a reliable supply of energy for more than 450,000 homes in Massachusetts.

The design will be undertaken by a joint team that combines WSP’s capabilities and Wood Thilsted’s extensive expertise and capabilites in design of offshore structures. WSP will provide regulatory assistance and overall project management and Wood Thilsted will provide specialist knowledge in structural and geotechnical design of offshore wind turbine foundations.

We are excited to bring our world-leading expertise in design of monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines to the US. Delivering detailed structural design services for a project of this size has been one of our central aims, and it’s satisfying to fulfill it for Vineyard Wind.

Please see the full press release here.

A SUMMER ON BOARD WITH US – AN INTERN’S STORY

August 1, 2028

Today marks the end of my summer internship with Wood Thilsted and what a summer it has been! From site visits to delivering internal software, I have been lucky enough to gain a variety of experiences over the course of my placement. Since my first day, it became apparent that WT aim to streamline processes long-term, by creating replicable packages for future use. As a result I was able to expand my programming skill set, and improve my proficiency in MATLAB and Latex.

I was involved in compiling deliverables such as Geotechnical Interpretative Reports (GIR), which allowed me to further my understanding of Geotechnical data by analysing raw data based on the factual reports and building on the theory I have learnt through my studies. Other documentation I have helped to produce include: specifications as well design briefs to be used by our clients, which widened my knowledge of theory and methods that used in real-project applications.


A highlight of my internship was going on site in Greenwich where WT is involved in a redevelopment project. The new design district will comprise 16 buildings, all based on challenging ground conditions and next to or on top of the planned Silvertown tunnel. During my visit, I was able to see a CPT rig in operation. This had always seemed rather abstract to me when reading the process in textbooks, however after being able to see the readings coming out in real time and talking to the operator, I gained full appreciation of this advanced testing method.


In addition I was also invited to sit in on internal meetings and client visits to see the discussions which take place around the table. It was very interesting to see my colleagues to come up with further solutions that satisfy the client’s needs.


I also compiled a piece of internal software which determines pre-consolidation stress and the over-consolidation ratio of oedometer test data, something which eight weeks ago would have seemed very daunting to me, however through the experiences I have gained I can now see the benefits of investing the time to define a solution.


I wish to thank the team for all their ongoing support; as a result during the past eight weeks, I have felt like an integral member of the team and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


I was lucky enough to gain a fantastic understanding how WT deliver their onshore and offshore services, as well as numerous opportunities to access and contribute to on-going projects. As a result of my internship, I now have a hands-on experience of how geotechnical consultancy operates, whilst being given the chance to learn and strengthen my geotechnical skills, standing me in good stead for my final year in university and future career.


Rachel Hopson


Geotechnical intern in our London office, 3rd year Civil and Environmental Engineering student (MEng) at Exeter University 

WSP AND WOOD THILSTED AWARDED CONTRACT TO DESIGN OFFSHORE WIND FOUNDATIONS FOR VINEYARD WIND IN US

January 1, 2018

WOOD THILSTED AND WSP USA HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE CONTRACT TO PROVIDE DETAILED DESIGN OF FOUNDATIONS FOR VINEYARD WIND’S OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT.

Vineyard Wind will be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. and the largest offshore wind development in the country. The project will provide 800MW of electricity—enough to produce a reliable supply of energy for more than 450,000 homes in Massachusetts.


The design will be undertaken by a joint team that combines WSP’s capabilities and Wood Thilsted’s extensive expertise and capabilites in design of offshore structures. WSP will provide regulatory assistance and overall project management and Wood Thilsted will provide specialist knowledge in structural and geotechnical design of offshore wind turbine foundations.


We are excited to bring our world-leading expertise in design of monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines to the US. Delivering detailed structural design services for a project of this size has been one of our central aims, and it’s satisfying to fulfill it for Vineyard Wind.


Please see the full press release here.

PISA PROJECT WON THE FLEMING AWARD 2017

December 1, 2017

Each year the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) recognises excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project with the Fleming Award. The Fleming Competition is held by the BGA to commemorate the life and work of Dr Ken Fleming.

This year, the winning team was the PISA Project – Oxford University, Imperial College London, Ørsted, Carbon Trust and SOCOTEC UK (formerly ESG) representing the many companies involved in the Project.

Congratulations to Alastair Muir Wood, who provided the technical leadership for the international joint industry project, and the rest of the PISA team.

SIMONE HAS BEEN NAMED ICE PRESIDENT’S FUTURE LEADER 2017/18

November 1, 2017

Every year, the ICE president chooses between six and eight of the brightest and most motivated graduate and technician members to be on the Future Leaders’ Scheme.

This year Professor Lord Robert Mair has chosen a diverse group of eight young people. Among them is Simone, WT’s geotechnical graduate engineer. In the next year Simone will work on a project that is an integral part of the ICE’s Business Plan and will have an impact on the industry.

Learn more about the scheme and this years ICE President’s Future Leaders here.

WE’VE MOVED!

April 1, 2017

Business is growing and Wood Thilsted Partners just opened a new CPH office!

The new address of our Copenhagen office is:

Toldbodgade 51B. 2.
1253 Copenhagen K
Denmark

 

Wood Thilsted Partners Limited

REGISTERED IN ENGLAND : 09853253

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