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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

 

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