Power and renewables
Offshore Wind Interactive Training


Offshore Wind

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Ruth Heffernan Marsh

Ruth Heffernan Marsh

Principal Engineer/Project Manager, Offshore Wind North America


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Offshore wind online training course overview
Offshore wind online training course agenda

This interactive and intensive three-day online training course is led by DNV's offshore wind experts experts and covers topics across the offshore wind project life cycle including:

  • Industry & Project Life cycle Overview
  • Site, Permit, Finance & Construction
  • Design, Build, Operate and Decommission

Please view the full daily schedule below.

Contact us:

Ruth Heffernan Marsh

Ruth Heffernan Marsh

Principal Engineer/Project Manager, Offshore Wind North America


To attend this course:



Offshore Wind Interactive Training

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 

Day 1: Industry, Overview, Lease, Permit

9:30 am – 5:00 pm  

Introduction to the course

- Introduction to the course and DNV team

- Overview of the training program

Industry status

- Brief history of offshore wind, current and projected status

Elements of an offshore wind farm

- An overview focusing on the latest technical developments 

- Turbines, foundations, cables and offshore substation

Overview of the offshore project lifecycle

- Overview of the entire project lifecycle and activities for each phase

- Project timeline


Siting and site characterization I

- Geophysical and geotechnical surveys and implications

Siting and site characterization II

- Wind recourse assessment

- Met-ocean studies (water levels and waves)


- Determination of leases

- Size of zone/phased development

- Typical lease conditions

- Case study (NY Bight lease areas)


- Use of design envelopes

- Examples of deviations and iterations during permitting

- Stakeholder/regulatory agency engagement

- Typical consenting conditions

Roundup, discussion and close

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 

Day 2: Design, Construct, Electrical

9:30 am – 5:00 pm  

Introduction: What did we learn yesterday?

- Introduction to Day 2

Detailed project design I

- Design process overview

- Key design drivers

- Discussion of holistic approach

- Level of project design in consent application

Detailed project design II

- Design selection and their drivers (e.g. foundation types, micro-siting)

- Structural design, detailed design for manufacture

- Trend and innovations in foundation and turbine design


Construction logistics

- Factors involved

- Installation vessels

- Typical logistics for different types of offshore wind and locations

Ports and vessels

- Overview of port requirements

- Vessels - considerations for design, construction and operations

- Vessels for US offshore wind farms

- Vessel trends and innovations


- Cable route selection

- Burial methods

- External protection

- Sand waves

- Cable installation & Pull in

Electrical balance of plant and transmission

- Electrical balance of plant configurations

- Offshore transmission strategies

- Onshore transmission challenges

- Grid interconnection

- Discussion of RTOs/ISOs

- Integrating storage to projects and the grid

Roundup, discussion and close

Thursday, September 15, 2022 

Day 3: Finance, Operate, Decommission

9:30 am – 5:00 pm  

Introduction: What did you learn yesterday?

Construction management and lessons learned

- Construction strategies and planning, key delay factors

- Coping with uncertainties and managing change

- Discussion of case studies

Operations I: O&M Strategies

- Overview of operations and maintenance (O&M) activities

- O&M strategy development: key factors

- Outcomes of O&M optimization modelling

Operations II: Vessels and access solutions

- Latest developments in vessels for all aspects of O&M (crew transfer vessels, motherships, helicopters and jack-ups)



- Financing mechanisms

- Debt v equity

- Players within project financing

- Financing timeline

- Evaluating risks for project financing

- Similarities and differences to onshore wind financing

- Key lessons learned (Europe and US)

Procurement strategies

- Scope of contracts

- Advantages and disadvantages of contractual strategies

- Major players 

Safety, compliance and statutory training

- Safety features/safety design

- Inspection/compliance verification

- Statutory training


- What is monitored and why (e.g. continuous SCADA and CM, surveys, scour, NDT, visual inspections)

- Environmental monitoring and compliance with consent and leasing conditions


- Overview of regulations worldwide

- Decommissioning processes and logistics

- Decommissioning costs

- Key challenges

Offshore wind in the US

- Key challenges to building an industry

- Lessons learned from Europe

Roundup, discussion and close