Physical Modelling

Engineering, model making, testing, post-processing and analysis of results...

Our Services

  1. Tests protocol engineering
  2. Scale models making
  3. Basin operations
  4. Post-processing and analysis of results
  5. Recommendations on the design of structures

Oceanide operates a unique combination of tests facilities in France including the deep water tests basin BGO FIRST (waves, wind, current), a wave flume and a shallow water wave tank. These facilities allow for the following studies:

  • Impact of marine environment on the structures installed at sea and associated response of the structures (marine renewable energy converters, oil&gas platforms, ships...),
  • Stability and hydraulic performance of coastal developments (rubble mound breakwaters, caissons, beaches, pipelines...),
  • Hydraulic and morphodynamic impact of these structures / facilities on the environment (coastline changes, currents and waves changes...).

Marine Renewable Energy


Client Project
IDEOL Wind turbines on a floating support
SAIPEM Castoro-Vento - Wind farm installation vessel
OCEANLINX Blue Wave OWC (Wave Power Machine)
NENUPHAR Vertiwind vertical axis offshore wind turbine
EDF | Eiffage Wind turbine Gravity Base Structure - Fécamp wind farm



Client Project
HEEREMA Aegir pipelay vessel
PETROBRAS | SBM Tupi 4 (Cidade de Ihlabella) FPSO
TOTAL | DORIS Engineering Moho Nord FPU
STATOIL | Gusto MSC CAT J CJ70 jack-up
STATOIL | Aker Solutions Transocean Artic semisubmersible



Client Project
TOTAL | DORIS Engineering Usan FPSO
STATOIL CAT I Turret moored drillship
BUMI | ARMADA | Principia Equatorial driller barge
EXMAR | DORIS Engineering CPTL 137B Farwah FPSO
TOTAL | DORIS Engineering Moho-Bilondo FPU



Client Project
HEEREMA Ekofisk Jacket transportation
TOTAL | HOE Moho-Nord TLP transportation
ENCANA | SBM Deep Panuke PFC transportation
HHI Ummshaif heavy topside transportation
HEEREMA North Rankin topsides transportation

Marine Operations


Client Project
BP | Aker Clair Ridge jacket launching
TOTAL | Aker Frigg decommissioning- DP2 jacket reversed launching
WOODSIDE | Saipem Browse LNG breakwater installation
STATOIL | Technip Asgard Subsea compression modules installation
ALLSEAS Topsides removal/installation tests with Pioneer Spirit vessel

Risers, off-loading lines and buoys


Client Project
MURPHY | SBM Kikeh gravity actuated off-loading pipe
SHELL | Technip Prelude FLNG water intake riser
SHELL | SBM Bonga off-loading buoy
TOTAL | DORIS Engineering Girassol FPSO riser tower
SWRP Capping stack installation on a wellhead during blowout



Client Project
EDF | Eiffage GBS for Fecamp offshore wind farm

Offshore fish farm


Client Project
Norway Royal Salmon / Aker Solutions Semi-submersible offshore fish farming concept

Breakwaters and port developments (3D tests)


Client Project
GPMD Dunkerque LNG Terminal
Region LR Grand Port project, Port-la-Nouvelle
PRINCIPAUTE DE MONACO | DORIS Engineering Condamine port extension project
Région Corse Revamping of the port of Bastia
Saipem Tanger Rho-Rho breakwater

Breakwaters and port developments (2D tests)


Client Project
Saipem Tanger Med I et II – caissons and rubble mound breakwater
Saipem Arzew - caissons
EGIS Ports Offshore extension of Monaco, Anse du Portier – Jarlan caissons
CCI Nice Airport south area – shore protection
CG06 Protection against marine submersion of road RD98 - Geotubes and gabions

Morphodynamics, scouring


Client Project
PETRO CANADA | Doris Engineering DE RUTYHER GBS - Anti scour protection
MARITEC Tabarka beach protection against erosion study (Tunisia)
EDF | Eiffage Gravity support for Fecamp offshore wind farm - Scour Protection
Mairie de Hyères Tombolo of Giens morphodynamics study
Mairie de St Cyr Les Lecques beach protection against erosion study

Submarine Pipelines


Client Project
GEOCEAN Outfall of Tetouan harbour, Tunisia
BOUYGUES TP Outfall of El Hank in Casablanca, Marocco
EDF | Wood Group Kenny JIP Cability : stability of offshore wind turbines power cables
TOTAL | Principia Browse LNG pipeline bundle



Client Project
GIS HYDRO (ECM / CNRS / SeaTech) Hydro-elastic barge
FUI Bilboquet wave energy converter
EUROPE (FP7) TULCS : Tools for Ultra Large Container Ships
ADEME Wind turbine on a TLP
SBM Sloshing in large moonpools (best paper award at OMAE 2014)