We are an independent geotechnical engineering consultancy with a drive to bring digital efficiency gains to engineering companies. ProFound helps engineers focus on what they are good at. We focus on open-source technology and user-friendly solutions that will pay off from day one.


Software development

ProFound BVBA can leverage a combined knowledge of engineering and cloud-based software development to bring your calculation projects to the cloud. We use Python and the Django web framework to rapidly develop data-driven, geospatially enabled applications.

Geotechnical design

ProFound BVBA uses over a decade of experience in offshore geotechnical design to come up with cost-effective solutions for your foundation project. We actively participate in geotechnical research to allow designs which go beyond standard solutions.

Knowledge management

Do you feel you're falling behind the competition? Do you spend hours searching for information on your company network? Are you constantly interrupted with trivial questions? Looks like you need a knowledge managent strategy! ProFound BVBA builds professional communities which improve the efficiency of your business. We specialise in open-source knowledge sharing tools with low costs and high revenues to transform your company into a learning organisation. Want to unlock your intellectual potential?


Management consulting

ProFound has extensive experience in the coordination of engineering teams and can guide software developments or the adoption of tools to improve digital efficiency.

Oil & Gas

Oil & gas needs to be extracted in a safe and responsible manner and ProFound can assure that oil & gas infrastructure is built on solid foundations.

Renewable energy

ProFound BVBA has been involved in geotechnical design for offshore renewable energy structures since the development of the first large offshore wind farms in the North Sea. We can leverage […]

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Bruno Stuyts – Managing director

Bruno started ProFound BVBA in 2014 to support engineering companies with tailormade geotechnical expertise. Over the course of a decade, he has been involved in offshore Oil & Gas and Renewable energy projects worldwide. From the first German offshore wind farm to ultra-deep water projects in West-Africa, Bruno has been committed to delivering state-of-the-art geotechnical solutions.

Since 2019, Bruno is appointed as Visiting Professor Offshore Geotechnics at Ghent University.

As the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed technical papers, he is passionate about advancing the geotechnical knowledge and sharing these advances with the engineering community. Bruno enjoys working on the crossroads of engineering disciplines, ensuring that geotechnical, structural and data management aspects of offshore projects are aligned, with a view to improving engineering efficiency.

Curriculum vitae Bruno Stuyts – August 2021


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  • Stuyts, B., Weijtjens, W., Devriendt, C., Versteele, H., Van den Haute, C. 2019. Monopile lateral response calibration from in-situ monitoring data. ISFOG2020. Austin, TX.
  • Stuyts, B. 2020. Data science applications in geo-intelligence. Keynote Lecture. ISFOG2020. Austin, TX
  • Stuyts, B., Ellery, G.D., Davidson, J., Torres, I., Rose, M.J., 2017. A methodology for the probabilistic assessment of pile refusal due to boulder encounter. SUT OSIG 2017. London, U.K.
  • Stuyts, B., Cathie, D., Powell, T., 2016. Model uncertainty in uplift resistance calculations for sandy backfill. Canadian Geotechnical Journal 53(11): 1831-1840.
  • Blanc, M., Thorel, L., Wallerand, R., Stuyts, B., 2016. Effect of soil profile on the response of a sliding subsea foundation. 3rd International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, Nantes, France.
  • Wallerand, R., Stuyts, B., Blanc, M., Thorel, L., Brown, N., 2015. A design framework for sliding foundations: Centrifuge testing and numerical modelling. Proceedings Offshore Technology Conference 2015. Houston, TX.
  • Stuyts, B., Wallerand, R., Brown, N., 2015. A framework for the design of sliding mudmat foundations. 3rd International Symposium on Offshore Geotechnics. Oslo, Norway.
  • Stuyts, B., Cathie, D., Guyatt, C., Boyde, P., Pyrah, J., 2015. Mechanical trencher modelling in hard ground: State-of-the-art. 3rd International Symposium on Offshore Geotechnics. Oslo, Norway.
  • Stuyts, B., Gilbert, R.B., Cathie, D., 2013. A Reliability-Based Interpretation Framework for Pile-Supported Offshore Wind Turbines. Presented at the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas.
  • Stuyts, B., 2013. Reliability-based design of offshore wind turbine foundations, in: Proc. Conference on Maritime Energy. Presented at the COME, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Versteele, H., Stuyts, B., Cathie, D., Charlier, R., 2013. Cyclic loading of caisson-supported offshore wind structures in sand. Presented at the ISSMGE Conference, Paris, France.
  • Kennedy, J., Oliphant, J., Maconochie, A., Stuyts, B., Cathie, D., 2013. Caisson: A Suction Pile Design Tool. Presented at the Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2013.
  • Stuyts, B., Cathie, D., Xie, Y., 2013a. Scour assessment and measurements for pile-supported wind turbine foundations. Presented at the Proc. of the 32nd Int. Conf. on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2013.
  • Ozsu, E., Ta, A.-N., Stuyts, B., Jaeck, C., 2013. Optimizing Pile Driving Fatigue for Offshore Foundations in Very Dense Sand: A Case Study. Presented at the Proceedings of the ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2013.
  • Merritt, A.S., Schroeder, F.C., Jardine, R.J., Stuyts, B., Cathie, D., Cleverly, W., 2012. Development of pile design methodology for an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Presented at the SUT OSIG, London.
  • Stuyts, B., Cathie, D., Falepin, H., Burgraeve, A., 2012. Axial pile capacity of wind turbine foundations subject to cyclic loading. Presented at the SUT OSIG 2012, London.
  • Rouainia, M., Ramsey, M., Stuyts, B., 2012. Experimental investigation of cyclically axially loaded piles. Presented at the SUT OSIG 2012, London.
  • Stuyts, B., Irvine, J., Cathie, D., 2011. Assessing the stability of piled tripod foundations for offshore wind turbines under cyclic loading. Presented at the Eurodyn, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Cathie, D., Falepin, H., Stuyts, B., 2011. Force-resultant plasticity models for analysis of lateral buckling: Are they really needed. Presented at the SUT Lateral buckling symposium Perth.
  • Stuyts, B., Vissers, V., Cathie, D.N., Jaeck, C., Dörfeldt, S., 2010. Optimizing site investigations and pile design for wind farms using geostatistical methods: a case study. Presented at the ISFOG, Balkema, Perth, WA.