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Great mix of attendees

Published:  29 April, 2021

The Society for Underwater Technology’s (SUT’s) first virtual introductory course on Offshore Wind Renewable Energy, developed in conjunction with Cranfield University, will be held in just over a week (the mornings of 5 and 6 May).

Registrations, from the UK and overseas, for the inaugural course, include a broad range of people reflecting the SUT’s aim to attract both professional non-engineering staff and engineers/ technical staff new to the sector or making the transition from another industry. Registration and course details are at

As Cheryl Burgess, SUT’s chief executive (pictured) explained:

“We are delighted by the response. Those already booked onto the inaugural course include a military officer planning a career move; an academic; business development and sales specialists; a PR consultant; an environmental manager; geologists, geophysical and geotechnical specialists; and engineers - primarily from the offshore oil and gas industry - specialising in subsea engineering; mechanical engineering, decommissioning, coastal engineering; and a student about to graduate.

“This is just the mix we had been hoping for. We ask applicants to explain why they will be attending, and the majority put it very simply: “I want to know more about offshore renewables both for professional development and future employment prospects”. We are looking forward to even more applications in the coming days.

“I would like to thank Dave Brookes, Past President and Director of our Learned Society, for this hard work in developing this course.”

Presenters over the two days are Judith Patten MBE, President SUT and Project Director, All-Energy; Miriam Noonan, Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult); Kat Route-Stephens, Senior Consultant, MarineSpace; Partrac (speaker tbc); Phil Hart, Professor and Director Energy and Power, Cranfield University; Mick Cook, Director, MCL and SUT, past chair SUT OSIG Committee; Dave Brookes, Past President and Director, SUT; Elaine Greig, CTO, Renewables Consulting Group, and Una Brosnan, Offshore New Markets Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power; Co-chair Friends of Floating Wind; and a RenewableUK Board Member.

Down to detail

The Offshore Wind Course comprises eight modules over the two days. Following a brief introduction, Day 1 looks at ‘Wind and the Net Zero Challenge including Deepwater Floating Potential; ‘Planning, Environmental Studies and Approvals’; ‘MetOcean/Weather: UK and NW Europe Focus Including Deepwater for Floating Technology’; and ‘Fixed Bottom Offshore Structure Design and Integrity’.

Day 2 begins with ‘Offshore Site Investigation and Seabed Site Foundations’; followed by ‘Construction and Cables’; ‘Floating Wind Structures’; and ‘Completion, Post Installation and Ongoing Operation’. Fuller details on the content of each module and background to the speakers is at

Presentations by experts will fill four hours on each morning, with time set aside on both days for questions and discussion. Course fees are £325 for SUT members (EEEGR, OES and EIC members also benefit from the discounted rate) and £415 for non-Members (excluding VAT where chargeable). CPD credits will be available.

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