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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Britta is a 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).

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).

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.

Funding overview

I have raised funding from a variety of sources, including the Australian Research Council, industry and overseas funding agencies with international collaborators. I held the Lloyd's Register Foundation Chair of Offshore Foundations and led this Centre of Excellence (with three CIs and five PhD students, 2018-2020). 

Current projects

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)

Industrial relevance

My research addresses complex geotechnical challenges relating to the wind offshore energy industry. Collaborators include industry colleagues at Orsted, NGI, Fugro, Vattenfall, Equinor, DEME Offshore, Cadeler, Lloyd's Register, DNV GL and academics at the University of Oxford, Cambridge, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Weimar and many others.

Teaching overview

15 PhD students (9 completed), 4 Master students, 6 Honours students and a number of visiting PhD students from international collaborators 

I am the Program Chair of the Master of Ocean Leadership. I also coordinate and teach 'Ocean Engineering and Technology' (Master of Ocean Leadership) and the new 'Energy from Oceans' (2nd year unit) and have previously coordinated/taught 'Offshore Geomechanics' (Option in Master of Professional Engineering), 'Introduction to Professional Engineering' (1st year unit), 'Introduction to offshore engineering' (3rd year unit), 'Engineering structures' (1st year unit), 'Applied geomechanics' (3rd year unit) and 'Engineering structures' (1st year unit).


some French
some Dutch
some Spanish

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Oceans

Research expertise keywords

  • Offshore geotechnics
  • offshore wind energy
  • Foundations for offshore wind energy installations
  • Soil–structure–fluid interaction
  • Centrifuge modelling
  • Numerical modelling
  • Development of foundation–soil interaction models
  • Renewable Energy


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