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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on non-deterministic approaches to geotechnical design that prioritise system reliability. Students will be challenged to think about geotechnical risk, uncertainty and the estimated probability of failure in the context of offshore renewable energy structures. The unit will examine opportunities and risks associated with using techniques including data science (such as machine learning) and probabilistic and reliability based design methods, when applied to offshore geotechnical design for renewable energy structures. The students will learn how to utilise these analysis techniques to facilitate geotechnical decision making. Global experts from industry and academia will facilitate the student's learning in this unit, via a series of practical design scenarios.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) discuss geotechnical risk, uncertainty and estimated probability of failure in the context of offshore renewable energy structures; (2) discuss future trends in site characterisation for offshore renewable energy developments, based on data science techniques; (3) identify and appraise opportunities and risks associated with the use of data-centric methods utilising statistical and analytical approaches in offshore geotechnical design; (4) demonstrate how to undertake a reliability based geotechnical design of an offshore foundation for a renewable energy structure; (5) produce a reliability based geotechnical design to meet a specified limit state or target probability of failure for a given site characterisation dataset; and (6) use reliability based analyses to support decision making in consideration of development complexity, consequence of failure and risk ownership.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment and (2) project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Muhammad Hossain
Unit rules
Enrolment in
74550 Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy
Approved quota: 25—quota places will be allocated according to allocations for the Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy programme, noting that this unit is only offered within this programme. Quota places for the Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy programme will be based on merit, gender equity and diversity criteria, as described in the Ranking and Admissions criteria.
Contact hours
4 per week
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