Honorary research professor publishes new book on offshore structures

Jul 19th, 2013

By Jackey Locke

Honorary research professor publishes new book on offshore structures

Dr. Arisi Swamidas, an honorary research professor with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has teamed up with former colleague, Dr. D.V. Reddy, a professor of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering and director, Center for Marine Structures and Geotechnique at Florida Atlantic University, to publish a book on offshore structures.

The new book, titled, Essentials of Offshore Structures: Framed and Gravity Platforms, examines the engineering design and analysis of offshore drilling platforms for exploration and production. The book provides both theory and application of principles related to structural, fluid and geotechnical mechanics of offshore structures. It makes available a multitude of “solved problems” and “sample problems to solve” which gives readers and students a strong understanding of steel-framed and base-supported concrete gravity offshore structures. The book highlights engineering applications for offshore structural design, research and development. Through worked examples and designs, it is also useful to engineers and scientists in the offshore industry.

Key features of the book include fundamental theory, solutions, applications and useful visual illustrations of offshore structures; samples of current structures along with typical older designs; illustrations of holistic behavior of offshore structure components; analytical methods in force modeling for wind, wave, current, ice and seismic forces; seabed soil characteristics, materials, corrosion, risk analysis, design codes; and sample problems.

Dr. Swamidas has held professorships at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has taught offshore structures for more than 20 years and acted as a consultant to a number of companies. His research interests are in the area of dynamics of offshore and onshore structures. He has authored over 210 technical papers and reports.

Dr. Reddy has held professorships at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; Memorial University of Newfoundland; and the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has taught courses on offshore and coastal structures for over 30 years. His research interests are in the areas of marine structures, materials, and geotechnical engineering, with a particular focus on concrete technology and computational and analytical mechanics.

The new book, which has been published by Taylor and Francis Group of Publishers, also has an accompanying Solutions Manual. It will serve as a valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners in the field of offshore structural engineering.