Lloyd's Register Foundation Chair on Offshore Foundations, Associate Professor
University of Western Australia
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Britta is an Associate Professor, specialising in offshore geotechnical engineering, and currently holds the Lloyd's Register Foundation Chair on Offshore Foundations at UWA.
Her research activities span offshore geotechnical engineering applications from shallow to deep water. These relate to the oil and gas and increasingly the renewable energy industry. Her research combines experimental and numerical approaches to develop practical prediction methods for offshore foundations. Britta collaborates widely, both with academia and industry and is actively involved in the development of international guidelines.
Current research interests focus on challenges related to foundations for offshore wind turbines: The effect of the installation process on the in-service performance of monopiles, installation strategies for suction buckets in layered soils and the subsequent in-service performance of the foundations, rapid shearing of saturated sand and the impact of this fundamental geomechanical problem on the wave heights that jack-up wind installer vessels can operate in.