A SILENT METHOD FOR INSTALLING OFFSHORE WIND TURBINE FOUNDATIONS

MISSION

GBM Works mission is to contribute to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development by offering innovative solutions for energy production infrastructure of the future, starting with energy production at sea. An important starting point is the quality of life for people and nature in general and for the organisation in particular.

As a bold goal, GBM Works has defined that by 2025 it will have introduced an established method of installing monopiles in the sea, without negative consequences for the environment. The aim is that this method is more efficient than the current methods, so that more renewable energy can be generated with the same investment.

The young organization works in an environmentally conscious way, with respect and in harmony within and outside the organization, has an eye for the personal development of colleagues, a good work/private balance and is open to the ideas of others.

The team wants to distinguish itself by working in a solution-oriented, practical way. With an original core of technical knowledge, it looks for opportunities to increase knowledge and to achieve results with entrepreneurial enthusiasm and perseverance.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Conventional methods

Conventional installation techniques involve the use of an hydraulic hammer which has the following downsides which are negated by using a GBM Vibrojet® ...

  • Piling operations using a hydraulic hammer and noise mitigation are complex, time-consuming and therefore prone to delays in bad-weather conditions.

  • Each hammer blow creates high noise levels that are harmful to marine life. Several European governments have introduced regulations that result in the mandatory use of expensive noise mitigation such as bubble curtains.

  • The impact of the hydraulic hammer on the top of the pile causes severe fatigue damage to the foundation pile, leading to overdesigned, heavy and thus more expensive monopiles.

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Technology principles

New installation methods for pile driving are highly required in the market. Traditional hammering creates harmful noise and faces physical limits in the everyday larger foundations.

GBM Works developed new methods. Silent, efficient and able to scale up.

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Offshore equipment

With the advance of 10+ MW wind turbines and increasingly strict noise standards, the existing pile-driving method with hydraulic hammers for monopiles is under high pressure. 

 

Extra measures are needed such as bubble screens or a wall around the monopile. They are expensive and time consuming to install. The pile is also damaged by the hydraulic hammer, which means that larger piles are needed than actually necessary. 

 

GBM Works has developed the Vibrojet®, a machine to install monopiles in a silent and fast way.

 

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Nearshore and Infra foundations

The installation of combi walls in sand and clay soils traditionally involves pre-drilling and post-drilling. A time-consuming process, and a logistical puzzle that regularly drives up the cost of the entire installation. With GBM's Vibrojet®, the installation process is simplified. Thus, many costs can be saved.

 

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Consultancy & Test facilities

GBM Works developed its Fluidflow® software based on theoretical knowledge and execution of scale testing at own laboratories in Utrecht. The model, built in cooperation with science institutes and partners Deltares and TU Delft, is constantly further validated for all type of soils.

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OUR NEXT STEP

We are currently developing our new prototype to further validate the Vibrojet®-technology and aim to install our first pilot foundation in 2021.
 
If you want more information on our new technology, send us your contact details at info@gbmworks.com.
 
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ABOUT

At the intersection of water and soil there are many technical issues at play, certainly with (increasingly) stricter environmental requirements in mind. GBM Works has gained expertise and developed simulation models like Fluidflow that enable the company to add value to issues such as:

1.    Foundation techniques in the inshore and infra market, e.g. for mooring piles, combi walls, etc.

2.    Decommissioning projects for off-shore installations

3.    Consultancy for the design of installations on aspects such as driveability, load-bearing capacity, etc.

Because the overall aim of GBM Works is the development of a revolutionary technology with unprecedented consequences for the entire offshore industry a lot of research is performed. GBM Works' head office is located in Utrecht, in the former energy plant of Eneco. Part of the production space has been made suitable as a laboratory test location for GBM Works.

 

Ben Arntz is the original inventor of the GBM Vibrojet® technology and the founder of GBM Works. He saw the need for a silent piling solution while working as a student intern in the offshore industry in 2014. Ben has been developing the technology since mid-2016 using his expertise in design based mechanical engineering and his extensive offshore background.

 
 

Meet our Team

Govert Meijer

Director

It inspires me enormously to make a contribution with a lot of young, talented people at GBM Works to an improved living environment for humans and animals.

By structuring and financing a new organization, I can make extensive use of the experience I have gained over the past decades as an entrepreneur in the offshore industry. I really like to make, create and innovate and I look forward to all the international contacts that we will undoubtedly gain in our journey.

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Ben Arntz

Founder & Director

When I understood during my internship at Heerema what the impact on the environment was installing structures at sea,

I knew I wanted to come up with solutions for that.

Since then I have learned how conservatively the current market responds to innovative concepts. In a world that has to change much faster than it is nowadays. It makes me determined to realize my dream with our team.

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Margreet Sluimer

Financial Control

As a financial controller I have always looked for an environment of young people. My drive to control things and structure them in such a way that others can thrive makes GBM Works a great working environment for me. I enjoy the contribution that I can make in this financially exciting time where money from the government and investors needs to be managed properly.

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Sanne Blok

Product Development Engineer

I graduated from Delft University of Technology at GBM Works on the prediction of carrying capacity of monopile foundations at sea, installed with the Vibro-drill.

I enjoyed working here so much that I decided to continue working at GBM Works, helping to get this innovative foundation technique certified. I am given the freedom to deepen my knowledge and, in cooperation with the university, to publish an article on the experience gained. The dynamic environment of a startup and the composition and vision of the team make it the perfect start of my career for me.

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Leonard van der Bijl

Product Development Engineer

For GBMs Vibro-drill, it must be demonstrated that the machine can lower itself to the desired depth through the inside of the monopile together with the pole, and that the machine can then also maneuver itself upwards again. During my graduation work I have been concerned with the modeling of these movements. It is great now as an engineer to lead the project team that, together with selected industry partners, is preparing the final design of the machine step by step.

Meet our Board of Advisors

Meet our Team

Govert Meijer

Director

It inspires me enormously to make a contribution with a lot of young, talented people at GBM Works to an improved living environment for humans and animals.

By structuring and financing a new organization, I can make extensive use of the experience I have gained over the past decades as an entrepreneur in the offshore industry. I really like to make, create and innovate and I look forward to all the international contacts that we will undoubtedly gain in our journey.

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Ben Arntz

Founder & Director

When I understood during my internship at Heerema what the impact on the environment was installing structures at sea,

I knew I wanted to come up with solutions for that.

Since then I have learned how conservatively the current market responds to innovative concepts. In a world that has to change much faster than it is nowadays. It makes me determined to realize my dream with our team.

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Margreet Sluimer

Financial Control

As a financial controller I have always looked for an environment of young people. My drive to control things and structure them in such a way that others can thrive makes GBM Works a great working environment for me. I enjoy the contribution that I can make in this financially exciting time where money from the government and investors needs to be managed properly.

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Sanne Blok

Product Development Engineer

I graduated from Delft University of Technology at GBM Works on the prediction of carrying capacity of monopile foundations at sea, installed with the Vibro-drill.

I enjoyed working here so much that I decided to continue working at GBM Works, helping to get this innovative foundation technique certified. I am given the freedom to deepen my knowledge and, in cooperation with the university, to publish an article on the experience gained. The dynamic environment of a startup and the composition and vision of the team make it the perfect start of my career for me.

Leonard van der Bijl

Product Development Engineer

For GBMs Vibro-drill, it must be demonstrated that the machine can lower itself to the desired depth through the inside of the monopile together with the pole, and that the machine can then also maneuver itself upwards again. During my graduation work I have been concerned with the modeling of these movements. It is great now as an engineer to lead the project team that, together with selected industry partners, is preparing the final design of the machine step by step.

Meet our Board of Advisors

Meet our Team

Ben Arntz

Founder & Director

When I understood during my internship at Heerema what the impact on the environment was installing structures at sea,

I knew I wanted to come up with solutions for that.

Since then I have learned how conservatively the current market responds to innovative concepts. In a world that has to change much faster than it is nowadays. It makes me determined to realize my dream with our team.

Govert Meijer

Director

It inspires me enormously to make a contribution with a lot of young, talented people at GBM Works to an improved living environment for humans and animals.

By structuring and financing a new organization, I can make extensive use of the experience I have gained over the past decades as an entrepreneur in the offshore industry. I really like to make, create and innovate and I look forward to all the international contacts that we will undoubtedly gain in our journey.

Wouter Verschueren

Wouter Verschueren

Data & Model engineer

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Thomas Taks

Mechanical engineer

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Leonard van der Bijl

Product development engineer

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Marcelo Werneck

Project manager

Meet our Board of Advisors

 

Dorine Bosman

Former Vice President Wind and HSSE at Shell

I have a passion for new initiatives. Certainly if they stimulate offshore wind energy. GBM Works does that with its Vibro-drill concept. This energetic team deserves the support to bring the initiative to the market as quickly as possible. I am happy to contribute to that.

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Dirk Luger

Senior Geotechnical Expert

With 40 years of experience in geotechnical research at Deltares I have a clear view on technology developments for the offshore wind sector. Of the many new developments the GBM Works has a very interesting concept. I try to assist with the further development by making my experience and network available.

Willem Ackermans

Former Director Corporate Strategy and Mergers &Acquisitions, (Former) Advisor to the Board of Management

This innovative installation method developed by GBM Works will have an important impact on the (overall) construction costs of wind projects and as a result will contribute to making wind energy more profitable. It is a pleasure to assist management of GBM Works in achieving their goals by providing them advice on strategic and financial issues.

Cees van Wendel de Joode

Director & Owner TMS

Technical & Maritime Services B.V.

As an independent entrepreneur in the offshore industry I gladly advise GBM Works on its technical solutions and on typical entrepreneurial issues.

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Reini van Leeuwen

Former Associate General Counsel IP at Shell

The valuable technical developments made by GBM Works  require proper attention from an intellectual property perspective to ensure these developments fully underpin the achievements  of the business goals of GBM Works.  With my 40 years experience as  IP expert , I am very pleased to advise GBM Works on its IP strategy and further development/ commercialisation activities from an intellectual property point of view. 

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NEWS

PRESS RELEASE | JULY 31 2021

GBM WORKS FLUIDISATION TECHNIQUE HAS PROVEN ITS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES AT DELTARES LABORATORIES 

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PRESS RELEASE | FEBRUARY 16 2021

GBM WORKS ACCELERATES INSTALLATION OF OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES, MINIMIZES NOISE POLLUTION

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PRESS RELEASE | FEBRUARY 4 2021

GBM WORKS IS PROVING SILENT AND FASTER INSTALLATION OF WIND TURBINES AT SEA

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TV BROADCAST RTLZ | JULY 18 2020

PRESS RELEASE | OCTOBER 15 2019

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PARTNERS

As a major offshore installation contractor in the construction of offshore wind farms, DEME Offshore values the development of silent piling technologies for a sustainable future.

DEME Offshore is very interested in the installation technology being developed by GBM Works and, as a partner and launching customer, DEME  intends to be the first to apply the technology in the offshore market. DEME actively supports GBM Works in its development of the technology and is technically and operationally contributing to the preparation and execution of tests in the SIMPLE programme.

We are proud to be partner of GBM Works. As a company we have been active for many years in the offshore, mechanical engineering and other projects as a one-stop-shop partner. Because of our practical knowledge and skills, we meet the demands of our customer on very challenging technical issues. After the first contacts with GBM Works, there was a big match for the approach and possible solutions for the pilot projects. This gave Barth the confidence to enter into a long-term collaboration, to support the SIMPLE projects and to contribute to successful tests for the silent installation of monopiles.

Deltares strives to reach impact on societal themes, in this perspective on renewable energy, energy transition, water safety and climate change. The validation of new technologies, which help to reach these goals, as well as strengthening the position of the Dutch industry on that field are activities we want to contribute to. It is joyful to cooperate with the team of GBM Works, which has a potentially very interesting technology in hand for the offshore industry.

Serving the society on the environmental impact of various anthropogenic activities and their effective mitigation. GBM Works aims to develop a method to drive piles in an environmentally friendly way that also reduces the risks related to conventional pile driving. Co-working with several highly appreciated alumni with significant contribution to scientific knowledge progress is highly appreciated.

GBM Works developed the Vibrojet®, a new method for installing offshore wind turbine foundations. The product is an alternative method for the installation of offshore foundation (mono)piles with a focus on offshore wind.

This method is silent, faster and more efficient than current installation methods. Fatigue issues due to the use of a heavy hydraulic hammer will also be eliminated. The use of the Vibrojet® and its benefits will lead to a faster and more environmental friendly transition towards renewable energy. That is the reason why Climate-KIC is happy to be partner of GBM Works.

SUPPORTERS

Van Oord has been following GBM Works closely for some time. We are very interested in the innovative installation method that GBM Works designs, and we are happy to lend a helping hand if specific knowledge is occasionally requested.

GBM Works promises to introduce an installation method that can extend the life of monopiles for years. We live from that. It is therefore not strange that Sif has for several times made its site partly available for scale experiments.

Low noise installation of foundation for offshore wind turbines meets a great need in the market. GBM’s Vibrojet® has the potential to further enable cost reductions and opens up new optimization possibilities on the foundations design. We stress the importance of increasing the speed of this product development up to market introduction, and we would like to express our support for GBM. 

GBM Works is recognised as a company with an innovative product which could solve the market demand for silent installation of foundation piles, which still requires several tests to proof its proper functioning Collaboration with Heerema offers the possibility to accelerate the market introduction of the Vibrojet® and incorporate into the final design relevant offshore work experience of Heerema. For Heerema, cooperation with GBM Works means a possible optimization of its offshore operations and thus the possibility of strengthening its position in the offshore wind market.

As a venture capital firm designed to address the unique need of early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software, FORWARD.one recognizes GBM Works as a company with an innovative product which could solve the market demand for silent installation of foundation piles. GBM Works envisions to solve the recognized issue, with an impressive and disruptive technical solution, in the offshore wind industry. Initial findings indicate that the market size is substantial. The team of GBM Works consists of talented and experienced professionals that are able to bring this technology successful to the market. 

 
 
 
CAREER

 

Looking for a company doing groundbreaking work?

GBM Works consists largely of a growing team of technically skilled engineers but also of those with experience in financial administration and business development. Because the overall aim of GBM Works is the development of a revolutionary technology with unprecedented consequences for the entire offshore industry a lot of research has to be performed. Are you interested in the development of GBM Works or would you like to know whether there might be a spot on the team for you? We are looking for:

  • Mechatronics engineers

  • Project managers

  • Geotechnical design engineers

 

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Joris van Rossem

I had a great time at GBM Works graduating and working on the innovative Vibrojet® solution. The management always paid attention to all team members and their questions, which resulted in a great involved atmosphere at GBM Works. Everyone turned out to be good friends. In addition to my graduation intership, I have learned a lot that I would never have learned otherwise. From the Scrum method for project management to the procurement of materials and heavy equipment. Because the team is still so small, many things are coming your way which made it a challenging but rewarding environment, luckily I was good at prioritizing.

Sven van Nieuwenhuizen

I could not use my graduation thesis at Delft University of Technology to further develop my own start up product as there is no real fit with my study. However, being at GBM has proven to be very educational. I learn a lot how the management gives shape to the company. If I didn't already have my own company, I would like to continue working at GBM Works.

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Sanne Blok

I graduated from Delft University of Technology at GBM Works on the prediction of carrying capacity of monopile foundations at sea, installed with the Vibrojet®.