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A Comparative Assessment of the Use of Spudcans and Caissons as the Foundations of Jack-Up Structures

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G. Vlahos, M. J. Cassidy

University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

B. Knowles

Maunsell Australia Pty., Ltd., Leederville, WA, Australia

Paper No. OMAE2005-67090, pp. 527-532; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4196-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


More than ever before, operators are advancing mobile jack-up units into deeper waters and harsher environments. Constraining their use is the capacity of the shallow foundations (typically inverted conical spudcans) to withstand the larger wave, wind and current loads of these environments. The use of foundation skirts (or caissons) is often touted as an alternative, though today only a small percentage of jack-up units use caisson foundations. One restraining feature is limited understanding of their behaviour when compared to conventional spudcan. This paper addresses this by comparing the results of push-over experiments of a three-legged jack-up with similarly sized caisson and spudcan foundations. The tests were conducted on a 250:1 scale jack-up on an overconsolidated clay sample. With improved understanding of the overall response of a jack-up platform with caisson foundations, operators should have greater confidence to use these footings.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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