Britta Bienen

Dr, BEng Napier, DipIng Aachen, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M053), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley

    Australia

  • 579 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
20022018
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Personal profile

Biography

Britta’s research activities span offshore geotechnical engineering applications from shallow to deep water and relate to both the oil and gas and the renewable energy industries. Britta joined the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) in 2008, was appointed Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Assistant (now Associate) Professor in 2010 and has been an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow since 2011. Britta undertook her PhD research (Three-dimensional physical and numerical modelling of jack-up structures on sand) at COFS and was awarded the degrees of ‘Diplom-Ingenieur’ from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and Bachelor of Engineering from Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.
Britta was part of the InSafeJIP project team that developed the international guideline ‘Improved guidelines for the prediction of geotechnical performance of spudcan foundations during installation and removal of jack-up units’. She has been a member of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) committee since 2009.

Funding overview

M.J. Cassidy, B. Bienen, S. Draper, J. Li, S. Chow, 2016-2018, LRF Chair and Centre of Excellence for Offshore Foundations, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Funds approved: $968,760.

Britta Bienen, Mark Cassidy, 2014-2016, 'Behaviour of suction buckets in layered soils', Lloyd's Register, Aberdeen, UK, Funds approved: $95,550.

Britta Bienen (UWA); Sascha Henke, Tim Pucker (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany), 2012, 'Unlocking the Mechanisms Governing Foundation Penetration into Carbonate Sand', UWA Research Collaboration Award, Funds approved: $10,000.

Britta Bienen, 2011, 'Centrifuge Modelling of Pile Installation', Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, Funds approved: $93,690

Britta Bienen, 2011, 'Centrifuge modelling of pile foundations under cyclic lateral loading from varying directions', Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, Funds approved: $40,000.

Britta Bienen (ARC APD), Mark Cassidy, 2011-2014, 'Predicting the foundation performance of offshore jack-up drilling rigs in intermediate soils'. ARC Discovery Project, Funds approved: $330,000.

Britta Bienen, 2010, 'A load capacity model for the foundations of mobile offshore platforms on clay relevant to the offshore industry', UWA Research Development Award, Funds Approved: $29,355.00.

Britta Bienen, Mark Randolph, David White (UWA); Jürgen Grabe, Jan Dührkop (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany), 2009, 'The use of winged piles to optimise the foundations for offshore energy production', Group of Eight DAAD German Research Cooperation, Funds Approved: $5,500.00 plus Euro 6,800.

Christophe Gaudin, Mark Cassidy, Britta Bienen (UWA); Okky Purwana, Matthew Quah (Keppel Offshore & Marine Pte Ltd, Singapore), 2009-2012, 'A novel foundation to extend the operation of mobile structures into deeper water', ARC Linkage Project, Funds Approved: $175,000.00.

Current projects

Current projects include:

• Effect of installation on subsequent response of offshore foundations under lateral loading

• Behaviour of suction buckets in layered soils

• Combined VHM foundation capacity in layered soils or following consolidation

Industrial relevance

My research investigates various aspects of offshore geotechnical engineering, including large deformation problems, consolidation and cyclic loading. These relate to applications such as jack-up drilling rigs and offshore wind farms.

Teaching overview

I have taught the jack-up sections of CIVL3170 'Introduction to Offshore Engineering' and CIVL4122 'Offshore Geomechanics'.

Research

Offshore geotechnics
Centrifuge modelling
Numerical modelling
Soil–structure–fluid interaction
Development of foundation–soil interaction models
Offshore foundations under combined loading
Mobile jack-up platforms and their spudcan foundations
Foundations for offshore wind energy installations

Languages

German
English
some French
some Dutch
some Spanish
(Latin)

Keywords

  • Offshore geotechnics
  • Centrifuge modelling
  • Numerical modelling
  • Soil–structure–fluid interaction
  • Development of foundation–soil interaction models
  • Offshore foundations under combined loading
  • Consolidation effects
  • Mobile jack-up platforms and their spudcan foundations
  • Foundations for offshore wind energy installations
  • Subsea foundation analysis and design

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Projects 2009 2018

Research Output 2002 2018

Post-preload undrained uniaxial capacities of skirted circular foundations in clay

Fu, D., Gaudin, C., Tian, Y., Bienen, B. & Cassidy, M. J. 1 Jan 2018 In : Ocean Engineering. 147, p. 355-369 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clay
Consolidation
Shear strength
Geometry
Costs

Stability and efficiency studies in the numerical simulation of cone penetration in sand

Fan, S., Bienen, B. & Randolph, M. F. 2018 In : Géotechnique. 8, 1, p. 13-18

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Cones
Sand
penetration
sand
Computer simulation

Suction caissons in dense sand, part II: vertical cyclic loading into tension

Bienen, B., Klinkvort, R. T., O'Loughlin, C., Zhu, F. & Byrne, B. W. 5 Feb 2018 In : Géotechnique. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Caissons
caisson
cyclic loading
suction
Sand

The response of suction caissons to long-term lateral cyclic loading in single-layer and layered seabeds

Zhu, F., O'Loughlin, C., Bienen, B., Cassidy, M. J. & Morgan, N. Aug 2018 In : Géotechnique. 68, 8, p. 729-741

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Caissons
caisson
cyclic loading
suction
Sand

Advanced approaches for coupled deformation-seepage-analyses of suction caisson installation

Stapelfeldt, M., Bienen, B. & Grabe, J. 2017 Offshore Geotechnics; Torgeir Moan Honoring Symposium. ASME International, Vol. 9, p. V009T10A004 OMAE2017-61378

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Caissons
Seepage
Pore pressure
Centrifuges
Water levels