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University of Western Australia

Britta is an Associate Professor, specialising in offshore geotechnical engineering. Current research interests focus on challenges related to foundations for offshore wind turbines: The effect of the installation process on the in-service performance of monopiles, installation strategies for suction buckets in layered soils and the subsequent in-service performance of the foundations, rapid shearing of saturated sand and the impact of this fundamental geomechanical problem on the wave heights that jack-up wind installer vessels can operate in.

Britta’s research combines experimental and numerical approaches to develop practical prediction methods for offshore foundations. Britta collaborates widely, both with academia and industry and is actively involved in the development of international guidelines (ISO, InSafeJIP, J-REG JIP).

Britta was awarded degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK, and UWA, Australia. Britta joined the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) in 2008, was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2014) and was appointed Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Chair in Offshore Foundations, leading this CoE 2018-2020. Britta is the 2020 John Booker medal recipient, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science, for her contributions to the development of practical predictive methods for soil-structure interaction problems, grounded in sound geotechnical science. She currently serves on the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts (2021-2023).

Current projects include:

- Understanding vibratory piles in sand: installation and lateral response (ARC DP)
- Solutions for rapid penetration in sand for offshore energy installations (ARC DP)
- Design guideline for suction caissons supporting offshore wind turbines (ARC LP)
- Australia-China Joint Research Centre of Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Harnessing (DIIS)

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Joined 15.9.2017

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