Site Evaluation, Desk Studies and FEED
Geotechnical input at the planning and initial stages of the project is imperative if the geotechnical risks are to be effectively managed.
Desk studies are a significant element in the development life cycle and allow the feasibility and suitability of a site or number of sites to be determined at an early stage prior to significant resource expenditure and commitment. Desk studies are particularly important where previous installation and construction experience is limited.
FEED (Front End Engineering and Design) encompasses the conceptual design and engineering scoping for the various phases of the project. FEED is typified by cyclic iteration through a number of design scenarios which are successively refined and which often require multi-disciplinary engineering involvement. The activities commonly covered within FEED include seabed characterisation, geotechnical parameter selection, geohazard assessment, preliminary foundation design, constructability studies (trenching, pipeline burial, foundation installation), pipeline geotechnics for route optimisation.
SEtech are experienced in all aspects of site evaluation and have a track record in delivering desk studies, FEED studies and seabed risk management assessments. SEtech adopt an holistic approach which is developed on a robust engineering and solution-centric approach. We are able to access an extensive range of data including a compendious in-house database of geotechnical data.
An important output from the site evaluation is the scoping and specification of additional survey (geophysical and geotechnical) to support the design process and project implementation.