CCCC SFT Technical Joint Research Team Goes to Norway for Exchange

From October 30 to November 1, 2018, the delegation of CCCC SFT Technical Joint Research Team went to Norway to participate in the annual Norwegian Science and Technology Week Conference. The delegation performed in-depth exchange with relevant international SFT research teams, mastered the latest international development information of SFT research, and showed international peers our research team and research progress, which were recognized by experts, scholars and institutions of all parties and achieved the expected effect.
       On the morning of October 30, the delegation met with Håvard Østlid and Bernt Jakobsen, who were experts in the field of SFT and structural engineering in Norway. The two experts highly recognized our research project and considered it to be the most perfect, systematic and demanding research project so far with complete research contents and clear research ideas and reasonable research methods. They said that such a project excited them, so they hoped that they would have the opportunity to participate in the team research through cooperation in the future; in addition, they expressed their great interest in participating in the international conference on SFT, which was expected to be held by us in March next year.

Visiting the Laboratory of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with Two Experts, Håvard Østlid and Bernt Jakobsen

On the afternoon of October 30, the delegation exchanged ideas with relevant research teams of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With relatively complete engineering disciplines, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology ranks top among the Norwegian universities of science and technology as a leading research institute for Norwegian SFT research. The members of the delegation discussed and exchanged ideas with the scholars of the School of Structural Engineering, visited the Structural Explosion Laboratory, the Pneumatic Laboratory and the Polar Ice Engineering Laboratory, listened to the introduction to the research projects of multi-functional floating infrastructures jointly conducted by Norwegian and Singaporean governments made by the SINTEF senior geotechnical engineer and exchanged ideas with professors and scholars of the Center for Advanced Structural Analysis and Research (CASA). CASA may provide a research and technology platform for the creation and development of intelligent, economical, safe and environmentally friendly structures and products based on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research methods of multi-scale testing, modeling and analysis in the industrial environment.

Exchanging Ideas with Pro. Torgeir Moan of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

On the morning of October 31, the delegation attended a seminar with the team of Professor Torgeir Moan, who is a top scholar in the field of global ocean engineering, an academician of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, an academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an academician of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and a senior consultant to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. He introduced the overall research conditions of pontoons and SFTs, and his research team showed the research results like pontoon tests and ship collision digital-to-analog calculation. Our representatives introduced the progress of the 2D physical model test and the overall physical model test scheme. After the meeting, the delegation visited the SINTEF Offshore engineering Laboratory led by Professor Gao Zhen from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
       On the afternoon of October 31, the delegation met with Professor Federico Mazzolani and Ms. Beatrice Faggiano, experts from the University of Naples Federico II. As a researcher in the field of steelwork in Italy, Professor Mazzolani has participated in all the research and design reviews of the Channel of the Strait of Messina. Since 1970, he has been the Chairman of the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) Committee playing a leading role in the preparation of European Union Standards and the Italian National Standards. After the two parties exchanged views on their respective overall conditions, Italian experts highly praised our team's research plan and scheme, especially the physical model test part, which was very distinctive, and was also the missing part of their research. Experts from the University of Naples Federico II said that they have cooperated with related parties of China and South Korea in SFT research, and they also expressed their willingness to further communicate with us and invited our team to hold and participate in academic conferences in the University of Naples Federico II.

Exchanging Views with Experts from the University of Naples Federico II

In view of the tight schedule, on the evening of October 31, the delegation exchanged views with experts from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Kjersti Kvalheim Dunham, General Manager of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration E39 project, the Project Manager in charge of the fjord project, the SFT Competent Project Manager and hydrodynamics experts attended the meeting and presented an overview of the E39 project and current progress. We introduced the overall conditions of the SFT research team and the construction conditions of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. During the three-and-a-half-hour meeting, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration experts showed keen interest in our research. The two parties conducted in-depth exchanges and heated discussions on each topic and corresponding extension issues, and asked many questions about the technical details of the Island & Tunnel Project of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration recognized our research team and research methods and pointed out that our research team had formed a competitive relationship with the Norwegian SFT research team; they hoped to closely follow our research process and research results, and share and exchange the research information with us; at the same time, they were very happy to accept our invitation to make a keynote report at the international conference in March of the next year, and agreed to explore the willingness to cooperate in jointly organizing the conference with us.

Exchanging Ideas about the Test Scheme with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Taking Photos with Experts from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration

On November 1st, the delegation attended the Norwegian Science and Technology Week Conference and listened to the special reports made by relevant research experts on floating structures, cross-sea engineering, urban planning, etc. During the conference, Mr. Jurek, the CEO of “Norwak Technology”, expressed his interest in the research of our team and his wish to attend the international conference held in March of the next year. “Norwak Technology” is a small-scale private consulting company with its subsidiaries distributed in both Korea and Norway. It has more than 30 years of experience in the safety and risk consulting of offshore oil platform and other offshore structures, and it has participated in many large projects, including many SFT research projects.
      During the lunch time, the delegation also had a brief exchange with a Korean expert, Haeng-Ki Lee, who is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a core member of the Korea Intelligent Underwater SFT System Research Center. The research center consists of nearly 10 units and is divided into 3 research teams, which have been funded by the special national funds of Korea. Professor Haeng-Ki Lee hoped that the research teams of both parties would exchange views further at the international conference in March of the next year.
       The trip to Norway for technical exchanges has broadened our international vision. Our research contents and methods, especially the physical model test methods, had been recognized by international peers, which has enhanced the confidence of our team members in SFT research. In the field of SFT research, we are a late starter in the world, the current research is still underway, and the research results are limited; therefore, CCCC SFT Technical Joint Research Team will continue to study hard and learn from domestic and foreign peers, and try to achieve more practical research results before the International Conference on SFT to be convened in March of the next year.

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