The Conference addresses developments in applications of the Platform’s technologies to the offshore oil, gas and windfarm industries.
City, University of London hosted the 19th International Conference on the Jack-Up Platform from 5th to 6th September.
Executive Dean of the School of Science and Technology, Professor Rajkumar Roy, opened the conference, which usually consists of a series of lectures given by recognised experts from across the world with representatives from leading international organisations, including the designers, operators and regulators of the Jack-Up Platform, such as DNV, BP, Bureau Veritas, GustoMSC, Global Maritime, Geo Oceanics, Calypso, Geo, 3Dent Technology and Jan De Nul.
Jack-Up Platforms are used for the exploration and operation of offshore oil and gas fields, for servicing fixed platforms, and for installing and servicing wind farms. The Jack-Up platforms are found in dynamic settings in terms of their response to being built in harsh environments, and in their changing role as platforms - increasingly used for long term deployment in oil and gas sectors and very short term deployments in the renewable energy sectors.
As a consequence, there is a growing body of literature for offshore structures but there are several areas of behaviour relating to the Jack-Up platform which are not well understood.
Professor Yan says “these platforms contribute to a significant part of offshore engineering activity around the world”.
“Since the first Conference held at City in 1985, successive conferences have been a great success. The conferences have proved to be an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of recent developments in the offshore oil and gas and wind farm industries related to Jack-Up technologies. They have also contributed to the development of standards and codes of practice. This year, Jack-Up applications to offshore wind installations, were the main focus of the Conference following the increasing demand on offshore wind farm development and maintenance”.