Safe design: multi-purpose offshore platforms

Inherently safe design for multi-purpose offshore platforms

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

The feasibility/development of multi-purpose offshore platforms (MPOPs) to harness blue growth has gained increasing attention. MPOPs have significant potential in economizing capital and operational costs for the offshore energy and aquaculture industry through concerted spatial planning and infrastructure sharing.

The safety performance of an offshore installation originates from decisions taken in the different stages of the project lifecycle. Inherently Safer Design (ISD) is one of the most effective risk reduction strategies for achieving safer and sustainable operation of offshore installations. Among the possible risk management strategies, the implementation of the inherent safety approach in conceptual design and front-end engineering and design (FEED) stages can reduce design and safety management costs. Because in these stages, the degrees of freedom available for system modification is higher and may simplify the requirements for engineered safety devices and related procedures. The inherent safety approach is pointed out as a cost-effective strategy to address the underlying hazards in the early stages of a project in the process and chemical industry.

This project aims to develop a holistic framework for designing inherently safer MPOPs by applying inherent safety principles and incorporating a range of layout optimization algorithms. This research project will address the following objectives:

  • To develop a comprehensive methodology to analyze the practical applicability of inherent safety principles to MPOP installations,
  • To propose and analyze inherently safer layout optimization techniques for MPOP installations,
  • To perform a comprehensive risk assessment of the proposed MPOP installations envisaging a range of worst-case scenarios, and
  • To develop a risk mitigation strategy for the operational capacity of MPOP installations after the implementation of ISD principles.

Therefore, the numerical based framework can contribute to safer design and operation of MPOP installations related to the Blue Economy projects.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Til Baalisampang


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must have a First-Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be proficient with CFD software
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Priority will be given to those who got the first-class honours for his/her bachelor’s degree and master by coursework course with research components and/or publications
  • Applicants must have in-depth knowledge of offshore structures, hydrodynamics and safety engineering

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Til Baalisampang, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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