Civil and Structural Engineering

At Woodside, civil and structural engineering encompasses the disciplines of civil, geotechnical, metocean and structural engineering.

Civil engineers support maintenance of existing onshore operating facilities. Civil engineers are also involved with developing process plant layouts, and with location and site selection assessments. They help define logistics support infrastructure for facility construction.

Geotechnical engineers are responsible for ensuring that the soil/rock interaction with onshore, nearshore and offshore infrastructure is appropriately safe and cost-effective to install and maintain.  Geotechnical engineers work across the opportunity life cycle: exploration, development, construction, production and decommissioning.  This involves desk studies, scoping the collection of geotechnical and geophysical site investigation data, geotechnical site characterisation, managing service providers and assuring their work.  Geotechnical engineers interface closely with a range of other disciplines, including: geohazards, structural and civil engineering, drilling, subsea and pipelines, and geotechnical operations.

Metocean engineers are responsible for establishing robust, extreme, and operating criteria, to ensure safe offshore developments and operations for Woodside. Metocean engineers work across all phases of oil and gas development and execute numerical modelling and field measurement campaigns to deliver the required criteria. Metocean engineers interface closely with a range of other disciplines, including: structural engineering, drilling, subsea and pipelines and seismic acquisition.

Onshore structural engineers support maintenance of existing processing plants, as well as the nearshore jetty and wharf facilities.  Onshore structural engineers also help plan marine facilities for greenfield projects and advise on technologies associated with modularisation designs for onshore facilities.

Offshore structural engineers are responsible for managing and providing technical input into design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of Woodside’s offshore facilities.  These facilities include offshore platform substructures and topside processing structures, on both fixed and floating facilities.  Structural engineers integrate geotechnical, metocean, process, mechanical, safety and environmental requirements to deliver an offshore structure which is buildable, functional and reliable.