The Engineering Group of the Geological Society (Eggs) is about to launch a new working party to provide guidance on developing offshore ground models.
The new Offshore Engineering Geology, Geomorphology & Geohazards Working Party (OEGGG WP), will produce a report to provide guidance on the development and application of offshore ground models.
Focussing on the relatively shallow geology, the report will support engineering geological and geotechnical practitioners working in offshore hydrocarbon, renewables, linear infrastructure including pipelines and subsea cables, and offshore mining. It will reflect the change from onshore to offshore site investigation techniques and engineering applications.
The OEGGG working party chair Chris Martin (BP) said: “The offshore environment represents approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface. In recent decades there has been rapid advancement in offshore exploration, survey and development and there is both a need and opportunity to capture this work for the benefit of the geoscience community.
“This relatively unknown environment represents challenges to site investigation and characterisation, and these all require investigation, management and mitigation to help with the development throughout the whole life cycle of engineering projects.
“The Working Party will aim to integrate the wealth of academic and industry experience working in these challenging conditions into the public domain for the first time.”
When completed, it is hoped that the report will become an essential reference handbook for professionals and textbook for students.