Britta Bienen

Associate Professor, BEng Napier, Dipl.-Ing. Aachen, PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 1016 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
20022020

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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

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 offshore energy industry, focussing on offhore wind. Collaborators include academics at the University of Oxford, Cambridge, Bologna, Perugia, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, National University of Singapore, Charles University Prague, Oceans Univeristy China and industry colleagues at Lloyd's Register, NGI, Orsted, Vattenfall, Gusto MSC, DNV GL.

Teaching overview

14 PhD students (5 completed), 4 Master students, 6 Honours students and a number of visiting PhD students from international collaborators 

I coordinate and teach 'Offshore Geomechanics' (Option in Master of Professional Engineering), am involved in teaching the first year engineering unit 'Introduction to Professional Engineering' and have previously taught in 'Introduction to offshore engineering' (3rd year unit), 'Engineering structures' (1st year unit), 'Applied geomechanics' (3rd year unit) and 'Engineering structures' (1st year unit).

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)

Research expertise 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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Research Output

Effect of the ordering of cyclic loading on the response of suction caissons in sand

Luo, L., O'Loughlin, C., Bienen, B., Wang, Y., Cassidy, M. & Morgan, N., 30 Jun 2020, In : Geotechnique Letters. 10, 2, p. 303 8 p.

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    Characterisation of UWA superfine silica sand

    Chow, S. H., Roy, A., Herduin, M., Heins, E., King, L., Bienen, B., O'Loughlin, C., Gaudin, C. & Cassidy, M., 25 Sep 2019, (Unpublished) 29 p.

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    Combined loading capacity of skirted circular foundations in loose sand

    Fiumana, N., Bienen, B., Govoni, L., Gourvenec, S., Cassidy, M. J. & Gottardi, G., 1 Jul 2019, In : Ocean Engineering. 183, p. 57-72 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Observations during suction bucket installation in sand

    Ragni, R., Bienen, B., Stanier, S., O'Loughlin, C. & Cassidy, M., 21 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. 20, 3, p. 132-149

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    Projects

    Prizes

    Geotechnical Research Medal, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK

    Gaudin, Christophe (Recipient), Bienen, Britta (Recipient) & Mark Cassidy (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Award

  • John Booker Medal

    Bienen, Britta (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Honorary award