Offshore Wind Interactive Training


Offshore Wind

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Ruth Heffernan Marsh

Ruth Heffernan Marsh

Principal Engineer/Project Manager, Offshore Wind North America


To attend this course:

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This interactive and intensive 3-day online training course will be led by our experts and cover topics across the offshore wind project lifecycle including:

  • Industry & Project Lifecycle 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, April 27 

Day 1: Industry and Project Lifecycle Overview

9:30 am – 5:00 pm  

Introduction to the Course

  • Introduction to the course and DNV GL team
  • Overview of the 3-Day interactive 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

Offshore Project Lifecycle: Feasibility

  • Overview of Site & Site Characterization 
  • Leasing, Permitting 


Offshore Project Lifecycle: Development

  • Overview of project design

Offshore Project Lifecycle: Engineering

  • Overview of Financing/Cost modeling, Project Certification, Marine warranty

Offshore Project Lifecycle: Construction

  • Overview of Ports and vessels, Construction, Electrical/transmission 

Offshore Project Lifecycle: Operation

  • Overview of Safety, compliance, and training,  Operations and maintenance, Monitoring 

Offshore Project Lifecycle: Decommissioning

  • Decommissioning overview

Offshore wind in the US

  • Key challenges to building an industry
  • Lessons learned from Europe

Roundup, discussion, and close

Wednesday, April 28 

Day 2: Site, Permit, Finance and Construct

9:30 am – 5:00 pm  


Siting and site characterization I&II

  • Geophysical and geotechnical surveys and implications
  • Wind resource assessment 
  • Met-ocean studies (water levels and waves)


  • Determination of zones
  • 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 process
  • Stakeholder/regulatory agency engagement
  • Typical consenting conditions



  • Financing mechanisms
  • Debt v Equity
  • Players within project financing
  • Financing timeline
  • Evaluating risks for project financing
  • Similarities/differences to onshore wind financing
  • Key lessons learned (Europe and US)

Ports and vessels

  • Overview of port requirements 
  • Vessels – considerations for design, construction, and operations
  • Vessels for US offshore wind farms
  • Vessels trends and innovations

Construction logistics and management

  • Factors involved
  • Installation vessels
  • Typical logistics for different types of OWF and locations
  • Construction strategies and planning, key delay factors
  • Coping with uncertainties 
  • Discussion of case studies


  • Cable route selection
  • Burial methods
  • External protection
  • Sand waves
  • Cable installation & Pull in

Procurement strategies

  • Scope of contracts
  • Advantages and disadvantages of contractual strategies
  • Major players

Roundup, discussion, and close

Thursday, April 29 

Day 3: Design, Electrical, Operate and Decommission

9:30 am – 5:00 pm  


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 
  • Trends and innovations in foundation and turbine design  

Electrical balance of plant and transmission

  • Electrical balance of plant configurations 
  • Offshore transmission strategies and challenges
  • Grid interconnection and brief discussion of RTOs/ISOs
  • Future trends including energy storage


Safety, compliance and statutory training

  • Safety features / safety design
  • Inspection / compliance verification
  • Statutory training 
  • Compare/contrast different regimes in Europe/US

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 & access solutions

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


  • What is monitored and why (e.g. continuous SCADA and CM, surveys, scour, NDT, visual inspections)
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Compliance with consent and leasing conditions


  • Overview of regulations worldwide 
  • Decommissioning processes and logistics
  • Decommissioning costs
  • Key challenges

Roundup, discussion and close