With almost four years at Wood Thilsted under her belt, Neha has been influential in the development and innovation of project management tools that have become the standard for WT concept/FEED projects. Not only that, on recent projects, Neha’s strong contribution to their advanced concept/FEED phases and bids for their detailed design, was instrumental in WT being awarded the projects.

Neha is an Offshore Structural Engineer, moving toward Project Engineer roles. Neha transitioned from oil and gas to the world of offshore wind in 2018 when she joined Wood Thilsted, undertaking numerous detailed studies and designs related to primary and secondary structures. These notably included: MP accidental ship impact assessments; a comprehensive TP-less concept study; grouted connection study; and the multifaceted design of jacking support assemblies - a critical component for TP installation levelling prior to grouting of a MP/TP connection. Neha subsequently assumed a joint role as PM and Structural Engineer for the advanced concept/FEED phase for two large offshore wind farms in the USA.

These projects are ground-breaking in their contribution to the USA’s renewable energy industry, as well as setting new standards for design of foundations for offshore wind, going deeper and supporting larger turbines than before. Neha’s contribution has been crucial to the success of these projects, both for Wood Thilsted, and for the client, a large renowned US developer. She has skilfully and tactfully maintained the balance of risk and reward for WT and has managed the pathway through a complex, dynamic and expedited design process for the client. In the process of this work, Neha has developed project management and tendering tools that have since influenced the standard for Wood Thilsted, and whilst building an excellent relationship with our client, she delivered high quality foundation designs on both USA projects. Neha’s inherently strong contribution to both projects and to WT’s proposal for their detailed designs, was instrumental in WT being awarded the projects.

One technical challenge Neha faced was the coupled use of large capacity WTGs in unprecedented water depths, with the tower specifications and load profiles changing during the projects. To incorporate and analyse the impact of these modifications, Neha constructed detailed correspondence which explicated changes to the loads and provided designs to bound and quantify the uncertainty. This enabled the client to make a commercially informed decision on which WTGs to proceed with. Neha then orchestrated WT’s first studies of a slip joint connection, which were also a nascent concept for the client, and supported them in determining T&I risks during offshore operations and costs. The client emphasised these were extremely valued and assisted innovation within the client team.

Dedicated to innovation and improvement, Neha organised and led both a comprehensive concept close out and lessons learnt workshop maximising knowledge share, showcasing our work and elevating our relationship with the wider client team.

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