Safe and sustainable resources development in the ocean

Oceans is a multidisciplinary research area with expertise in metocean dynamics and ocean forecasting, offshore geotechnical engineering, offshore fixed and floating structural engineering, hydrodynamics and structure interaction, gas processing, and asset management.

Researchers in this discipline work closely with the Oceans Graduate School and Oceans Institute across the resources, defence and agriculture industries.

Research opportunities are available for students. If you would like to submit an expression of interest for a research opportunity, fill out our form or email us with any questions.

The group seeks solutions in the following areas:

  • Safe and sustainable design of offshore and coastal ocean facilities, such as coastal defence, fixed and floating structures for oil and gas and renewable energy, pipeline and seabed infrastructure.
  • Ocean forecasting, operational and environmental management.
  • Design and management of facilities associated with expanding offshore industries, including defence and offshore aquaculture.

Current projects

Current projects of the research discipline include the following:

  • Design, operation and asset management of FLNG and other Australian floaters
  • Safe and efficient cyclone prediction and responses for offshore facilities
  • Deployment of renewable energy devices offshore Australia (including for remote energy to subsea oil and gas systems)
  • Design and asset management of subsea facilities: subsea facilities, pipelines, risers, flow assurance
  • Environmental effects: offshore spill monitoring and responses
  • Environmental effects: rigs to reefs; efficient asset decommissioning

Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems


COFS carries out fundamental research at an internationally recognised standard of excellence in the areas of the mechanics of seabed sediments, offshore geohazards and of offshore foundation and engineering systems.

Find out more

Contact Associate Professor Britta Bienen