Meet the Team: George Marling, Snr. Geotechnical Engineer | OWC USA

At OWC, our teams are constantly expanding, into more locations, in expertise and in sectors of influence, so that our people can truly drive safety and sustainability across our energy and oceans.

Our people are at the heart of what we do, and we invite you to get to know our team members so you can meet the energy behind change.

This week, we speak to George Marling – Snr. Geotechnical Engineer based out of OWC’s New York offices, and driving the coordination of OWC’s geoscience operations in the Americas.

What does your day-to-day look like at OWC?

I manage a team of US and North American based geoscience professionals, providing technical consultancy services to offshore windfarm developers such as geo desktop studies, geotechnical survey design, survey management, and management of Americas-based offshore client representatives. I work with OWC’s global geo team to deliver ground models and marine site investigation reports. Establishing industry connections for future collaboration, and expanding the network of geo and offshore engineering professionals.

What inspired you to join the industry?

Working in renewable energy has always been the goal.

I studied engineering to contribute to solutions that would mitigate and reduce the effects of climate change and global warming.

My first position after graduating was within a Coastal Engineering team where I contributed to the design and implementation of sea defences. It was through retaining wall analyses that I really started engaging with geotechnical engineering, and I wanted to contribute more to offshore assets, from a geotechnical perspective, that would also make a positive global impact.

Can you tell us about something exciting you are working on right now?

OWC has fantastic internal opportunities with regards to Research and Development, and the team here encourages us to take initiatives such as the various geological studies across the Americas.

I have supported in the development of geo studies for the offshore wind farm lease areas around the US and Brazil, and we are now working on studies off the East Coast of Canada (Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador).

What does the future look like in energy and oceans in the USA?

In short, interesting! What we’re seeing in the US, predominantly from an offshore wind perspective, is that there will be many challenges to overcome and likely many lessons learned along the way, but there is such huge potential in the US  for energy and oceans. Once the teething problems regarding soil conditions, supply chain, floating technology, regulations and stakeholder engagement (to name a few) have been overcome, it is believed that a sustainable transition to a more renewable energy powered grid will be possible.  

What do you enjoy most about working as part of the ABL Group team in the USA?

I work with some very talented, fun, social colleagues here at OWC. We have leading experts in various engineering fields and everyone always has time to support a project (or answer my many out-of-the-box, hypothetical questions!). It’s a great team to work with in the office, or sometimes in Central Park when the sun’s out!            

Meet George Marling and the OWC USA Team at IPF24

Catch up with OWC’s USA team at this year’s International Partnering Forum (IPF) 2024 in New Orleans, USA, and discuss how we can support you in this year’s offshore wind auctions and in delivering offshore wind projects coast-to-coast.

Contact OWC USA

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