Fixed Pile-Supported Steel Offshore Platforms

by Peter W. Marshall, (M.ASCE), Civ. Engrg. Advisor; Shell Oil Company, Two Shell Plaza, P.O. Box 2099, Houston, Tex. 77001,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 6, Pg. 1083-1094

Document Type: Journal Paper


Offshore construction as we know it today began in 1947 with the installation of the first steel template-type structure in the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty years later there were over 2,000 such structures, and the technology had matured in the sense that much of the pioneering had been done, and the pattern was pretty well set for what are today's routine structures. The basic technology is outlined to provide one designer's perspective from which recent developments can be appreciated. This present state of practice is codified in API RP 2A. The outline cites 197 landmark papers from among the over 2,600 which appear in the Preprints/Proceedings of the Offshore Technology Conference, as well as 88 other key reference from other sources.

Subject Headings: Offshore structures | Offshore construction | Piles | Steel | Offshore platforms | Steel construction | Steel structures | Gulfs | Gulf of Mexico

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