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Offshore wind for professionals April 2019 (English)


Offshore wind for professionals April 2019 (English)

In this 2 two-day course participants will learn the first principles of the offshore wind energy industry.

Course 1: Design
Level: Professional
Date: 02-03 April 2019
Seats: 15-20 participants max.

Course 2: Execution
Level: Professional
Date: 04-05 April 2019
Seats: 15-20 participants max.

Tokyo Bayside Building
3-33-17 Kaigan, Minato-ku Tokyo
〒108-0022, Japan

Academic Discount (25%): Available (limited seats)
Simultaneous translator from English to Japanese: Available

After the course, participants will be provided with their own online learning environment that contains all the course slides, calculation sheets and other additional study materials.

Ken Kitazato

4 and 5 April 2019
€1750 (equivalent to +/- 230.000 JPY) (equals one course)

For the Japanese version of the website / 日本語のウエブサイトはこちら:






Japan has the world’s eighth-largest exclusive economic zone, with abundant seabed resources and wind available. This potential is largely unused. Japan wishes to utilise this potential as part of the nation’s growth strategy. Therefore, Japan aims to increase the number of offshore engineers to 10.000 by 2030 to serve a 50 trillion yen market. Currently, only 2.200 offshore engineers work in this sector, because of the shortcoming in knowledge and education in the offshore industry. To realise this increase in engineers, the Ocean Innovation Consortium was launched in 2016, cultivating human resources involved in offshore development. One of the vehicles to address this challange is by providing professional engineering courses. With its experience in Europe and expertise on topics ranging from EPC contracting, transport & logistics, design of windturbine foundations and floating foundations, DOB-Academy is well-prepared to educate and motivate the (young) professionals in Japan.



This course has been developed for professionals or academics new in the offshore wind industry and for those who want to increase their understanding and built upon their experience. It is effective for engineers who would like a thorough understanding of the driving principles for the design and execution of wind farms. It is also valuable for managers who would like to strengthen their understanding of the playing field and the key considerations for the engineers.

  • Design course

Specifically, the design course is effective for engineers involved in the early phase of an offshore wind farm, in which the components are selected and the layout is determined based on site characteristics and tender criteria. Furthermore, it is valuable for investors, bankers and executives who wish to gain insights in the influence of design considerations in the feasibility, risk and output of an offshore wind farm.

  • Execution course

Specifically, the execution course if effective for engineers, supply chain managers, planning engineers and logistical officers who would like to thoroughly understand the key considerations and associated risks for transporting and installing the components of an offshore wind farm. Furthermore, it is valuable for executives, managers, investors and insurance parties who wish to gain insights in the key risks, cost drivers and limitations governing the execution phase of an offshore wind farm project.



At the DOB-Academy, we believe that the inevitable transition to renewable sources of energy can only be successfully achieved with properly trained and driven people. We believe that with the right tools, we can empower others to make this transition. We are confident that by creating clear and compelling courses, we can empower engineering excellence.

DOB Academy houses its own wind experts, whom are trained to create and give lectures. Our graphical department guarantees a visually compelling story, supported by video and animation designed and produced by our in-house studio. The knowledge that is not available in-house, is acquired by our well spread network in the North Sea area, creating the right environment to experience the world of offshore wind.



[Design] Course 1: 02-April-2019

Background offshore wind

Design considerations

Data collection and processing

Workshop: Site Data

Workshop: Design your own rotor

Workshop: Wind turbine selection


[Design] Course 1: 03-April-2019

Wake effects

Offshore power networks

Workshop: Power network design Introduction to support structure design

Workshop: Monopile optimisation

Floating support structures


[Execution] Course 2: 04-April-2019

European drivers for offshore wind

Wind farm lifecycle

Tendering Components and supply chain

On and offshore transports Ports

Workshop: seafastening Installation logistics


[Execution] Course 2: 05-April-2019

Failures Operation and maintenance


Costs versus income

Project: Project value calculation


Trends and future innovations



Design Course:

  • Understanding the rapid growth and development of the offshore wind energy industry.
  • Gain a basic understanding of key design parameters in the design of offshore wind turbines and their foundations.
  • Understanding how wind is converted into electricity, how this electricity is transported to consumers and how a business case can be built for this.
  • Understanding the impact of the different design parameters  in the wind farm lay out design including, wake effects, cable transmission losses and bathymetry.
  • Gaining insight into the life cycle of a typical wind farm including design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance.

Execution Course:

  • Understanding the rapid growth and development of the offshore wind energy industry.
  • Gaining insight into the life cycle of a typical wind farm including design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance.
  • Acquiringing knowledge about the tender preperation procedure.
  • Identifying the components to be transported and installed and understand how synergies can be created between these components to increase the efficiency of the operation.
  • Understanding the need for a well developed maintenance strategy based on a better understanding of failures and comprehend how insurances can help mitigate some of these risks.
  • Understanding the dynamics of contracts and how these can limit your operation or open up new opportunities.




“DOB-Academy has a very good overview of the engineering aspect necessary for offshore WTGs. Japanese engineers are not familiar with it, which makes the courses insightful and suitable for guidance for our start-ups. Furthermore, there is good coverage of what is necessary for offshore WTGs. Not only the engineering aspect, but they also explain contractual aspects, project management tools, and other factors that are necessary when working with European contractors. DOB-Academy’s way of teaching allows every participant to be involved, I really liked the quiz in the beginning of the seminar as well as the group work during it. It allowed the exchanging of ideas with others and offered much inspiration.”
H. Shimizu (Kajima Corporation)

“As a civil engineer with the main responsibility within JGC Cooperation as construction manager for oil and gas plants, I was hesitant to touch upon the (electrical) engineering aspects regarding offshore wind energy. However, thanks to the course DOB-Academy offered, I now comprehend the basis of the designing phase to such a degree that I am able to communicate with my colleagues on it. Besides that, the courses are interesting and enjoyable to participate in!”

T. Yamamoto (JGC Corporation, Construction Technical Manager, Wind Power Project Office)

“The DOB Academy led introduction to offshore wind course – and various related follow-up sessions – are extremely value adding for introducing new team member to the ever-expanding offshore wind industry. The courses are structured along the wind value chain and held by various experts in sub-topics. The interactive nature of most of the sessions are another differentiator – gamification makes things lively and helps to retain knowledge!”

J. Veldhoven (CP Manager Wind, Shell New Energies)

“Well experienced teachers from Green Giraffe” – Anna Diedrichkeit (Product Mgm. Center of Excellence GE)

“Agenda based on demands of the audience instead of curriculum; very knowledgeable speakers; Dynamic course.” – Michèl Spiering (Tender manager van Oord)

“The course provides valuable insights in the financial aspects of offshore wind energy projects and is delivered in an dynamic and interactive way. I would recommend this course to anyone that wants to increase their understanding of the financial aspects of offshore energy projects.” – Frank Koopman (Director Marine Site Characterisation Fugro)