The OSIG 2017 Conference Programme is now available to view.
A student poster competition will be held during the conference. All of the finalists will be able to display their posters at the venue for the duration of the conference and there are generous cash prizes for the winners and runners up. The competition will be open to all undergraduate and post graduate students studying a subject related to offshore site investigation and geotechnics up to PhD level. Just email an abstract of up to 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday the 14th July. Full details are given in the competition rules listed below. Please read these carefully before sending in your abstract.
- The competition is open to all undergraduate and post graduate students studying a subject related to offshore site investigation and geotechnics, including geophysics and geotechnical engineering. Entrants must be registered students at a recognised University on the 31st August 2017.
- To enter the competition students are invited to submit an abstract of up to 200 words in English by email to email@example.com. The email should be titled ‘Student Poster Competition Entry’ and include the name and contact details of their University and their Supervisor.
- The closing date for the receipt of entries is Friday the 14th July 2017. The judging panel will review the entries and select up to ten finalists who will be notified by the 31st July 2017.
- Finalists will be invited to produce an A0 size poster in English for display at the conference. The poster must be forwarded by email as a pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 31st August 2017.
- Finalists should also prepare a presentation in English of not more than 5 minutes duration, and illustrated with not more than 5 PowerPoint slides, to be given to the judging panel during the conference.
- Prizes will be awarded based on technical innovation and quality of presentation taking into consideration both posters and oral presentations.
- There will be a first prize of £1000 and two runner up prizes of £500 each.
- Entrants must be prepared to travel to and attend the conference at their own cost, and should register to attend at the delegate rate of their choice through the conference website www.sutconnects.org
- Students who have already had papers accepted for the conference may also enter these papers into the competition but should re-submit them according to the Poster Competition Rules.
- The winners will be announced on the final day of the conference, and the judging panel’s decision is final.
Alan G. Young was born in Pittsburg, Texas in 1946. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1970, MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971, and graduated from the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1991. He spent his entire professional career based out of Houston, Texas.
Inspired by the reading of Mr. Bram McClelland’s papers, he joined McClelland Engineers Inc. in 1971 as a project engineer. His first job was to work with Prof. Lymon Reese on the Ekofisk Gravity Base Foundation in the North Sea, performing finite element analyses and conducting cyclic triaxial testing to evaluate the liquefaction potential of the sands strata during storm loading.
Alan rose to the positions of Vice President in 1984, President of Fugro-McClelland Marine Geosciences in 1987, and President of Fugro International Inc. in 1992. Throughout his tenure with McClelland Engineers, he was a close associate of Mr. Bram McClelland and he helped establish the company as a worldwide leader in offshore geotechnics. In 1997 he co-founded and became Vice President of Geoscience Earth & Marine Services, Inc. (GEMS), a company established in Houston, TX.
For over 45 years Alan has been a major contributor to the advancement of offshore geotechnical engineering. His contributions have been worldwide, encompassing a wide range of technical, operational and business applications. He was a leading member of the team that developed the Remote Vane and performed the first offshore testing with the tool in 1972 at the Shell and Arco structure sites that failed in the South Pass area Gulf of Mexico (GoM) due to a mudslide.
Early in his career, he managed the Thistle field site investigation, performed foundation analyses for the first drilled and grouted piles used to support a fixed offshore platform in the North Sea, and led the integrated foundation studies for the Conoco Joliet Platform – the first TLP installed in the GoM.
Alan also managed the site investigation and foundation studies for Exxon and Chevron for the first deepwater structures installed offshore California and helped establish the practice and methods for conducting site investigation for offshore jack-up rigs and the procedures for analysing their foundation stability.
His contributions in the field of geotechnical site investigation have been substantial. In addition to the Remote Vane, he developed and patented the concept of the offshore mini-Cone Penetration Test (CPT), managed the development of the Dolphin downhole CPT and sampling system, established the method of push sampling with a standard rotary drilling rig without motion compensation equipment, and, most importantly, implemented the use of these key technology advancements in standard offshore site investigations.
Alan also conceived and patented the concept of the DeepSea CPT and promoted its development with a Joint Industry Program (JIP). He also helped develop and patent a method for using seismic amplitudes for extrapolating strength and other soil properties. As the industry moved into ever increasing water depths he saw the potential of the Jumbo Piston Core sampler, a tool until then confined to usage by Academia. He pioneered its implementation for deepwater site investigations through an industry JIP. He helped develop the concept of the CPT Stinger which is now increasingly used in projects in the GoM and offshore West Africa. His innovative talents were critical in developing and patenting the concept of the Spear Anchor (Omni-Max Anchor) by performing testing and analytical studies that led to its use in the GoM.
Not content with revolutionising offshore sampling and in-situ testing practices, Alan has always been driven to optimize the benefit of these data by understanding how they could be used and applied over large seafloor areas. So he became a pioneer in integrated geoscience studies, a now ubiquitous activity in deepwater field developments, where a team of specialists in such areas as geology, environmental science, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, and geotechnics coordinate their efforts to yield a single, comprehensive study of the past, current, and future ground conditions at a site of interest.
He has been instrumental in implementing and leading integrated studies for numerous deepwater projects including Mad Dog, Atlantis, Mad Dog 2, Thunder Horse, Shenzhi, Blind Faith, Neptune, Puma, Tahiti, Stones, Kaskida, Who Dat, Great White, Tubular Bells, Delta House, Joliet, Thunder Hawk, Cascade, and Heidelberg.
Alan’s areas of expertise include: 1) offshore geotechnical analyses and geohazard assessment, 2) marine foundation analyses of seafloor and subsurface installations and mobile jack-up rigs, 3) specialized laboratory testing and strength interpretation for different sampling and in situ testing methods, and 4) planning and managing marine operations involving geophysical and geotechnical investigations.
His work has resulted in more than 50 journal and conference publications with two of his papers receiving the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Best Paper award and three others receiving the ASCE/OTC Hall of Fame Award. In addition he has been the author and coauthor on two books and most recently contributed two chapters in Deepwater Foundations and Pipeline Geomechanics.
Alan has served the industry through his memberships in many committees. In particular, he joined the American Petroleum Institute (API) committee on offshore geotechnics and foundation in 1978 and remained a member for 39 years, the longest tenure on record, during which he made great contributions to the Foundation Section of the API Recommended Practice for Planning, Designing, and Constructing Fixed Offshore Platforms.
Alan also served as member of the Society of Underwater Technology OSIG Committee, the Oceanographic Department Steering Committee at Texas A & M University, the Marine Board of the National Research Council – Executive Committee and as Lecturer for the University of Texas at Austin Short Courses on Design of Fixed Platforms and Design of Floating Production Systems.
He has delivered many invited lectures and chaired numerous sessions at industry conferences. In 2012 he received the Distinguished Graduate award from Texas A&M’s Zachry Department of Civil Engineering.
Alan tirelessly seeks to recognize his colleagues in the industry. He has chaired the ASCE OTC Hall of Fame Awards Committee for nine years and spends an enormous amount of time and energy to select key historical OTC publications so that their authors are honoured at a special ceremony.
Alan has also been an extraordinary mentor for generations of geotechnical engineers. It is remarkable that, over the years, roughly 200 engineers have been hired or mentored by Alan, who always looked out to give the best and brightest engineers their first chance in the industry, all the while keeping a keen eye for diversity and inclusion.
In October 2015, the United States Board on Geographic Names approved the naming of an underwater feature in the Gulf of Mexico as “Young Knoll” to honor Alan’s Major Contributions Advancing Geological and Geotechnical Engineering Knowledge of the Seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico. Young Knoll (Lat: 26° 08′ 00″ N, Long: 093° 01′ 00″ W) is fittingly located along the Sigsbee escarpment, which has been the focus of several of Alan’s studies, in 2,000m of waters in Block KC810 of the Keathley Canyon area. It is truly a special recognition and the first time that a geotechnical engineer is honored in such a way.
Alan and his beloved wife of 46 years, Melinda Marie, live in Sugar Land, TX. Melinda is a retired kindergarten teacher, and they have three sons: Russell, Matthew, and Samuel and four grandchildren.
Over more than twenty years, I have had the privilege and honor to work with Alan on many challenging deepwater projects. It is therefore with great pride and pleasure that I, on behalf of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and its Technical Committee 209 on Offshore Geotechnics, hereby present him with the Fourth ISSMGE McClelland Lecture award.
Philippe Jeanjean, Ph. D., P.E., M. ASCE
Chairman, ISSMGE TC209, Offshore Geotechnics
With contributions from Dr. J.D. (Don) Murff, First McClelland Lecturer, who was lab partner with Alan during their first soil mechanics course at Texas A&M University in 1968.
We are pleased to announce the OSIG 2017 Keynote address speakers are:
Professor Justin Dix, University of Southampton
“Substrate Controls on the life-time performance of Marine HV Cables”
Justin Dix is the Head of the Geology and Geophysics Research Group, within Ocean and Earth Science, at the University of Southampton. His major interests are the use of high-resolution geophysical and geological techniques to answer a series of applied research questions that span such diverse areas as: structure seabed interactions; Quaternary geology and modern sedimentary processes; and marine geoarchaeology. His particular expertise is in the acquisition, processing and analysis of high resolution acoustic data, in particular: the development and application of the 3D Chirp system for decimetric sub-surface imaging of the top 20 m’s of the seabed; and the use of time-lapse swath bathymetry to understand dynamic bed level change around structures. My current major research focus is on substrate controls on the modes and rate of heat dissipation from HV cables buried in the marine environment. This work has been funded by both government and industry and he has worked on a number of the major infrastructure projects undertaken on the UK shelf over the last decade.
Steve Thomas, Fugro Geoconsulting Ltd.
“A Phased and Integrated Data Interpretation Approach to Site Characterisation”
Stephen graduated in 1979 with a degree in geology from the University of Reading and joined McClelland Engineers S.A. in 1980 where he worked on offshore site investigations in the North Sea, West Africa, India and the Arabian Gulf. In 1985 he was seconded to the Ventura office in southern California to learn the art of geophysical data interpretation for engineering purposes from Kerry Campbell. On his return to the UK he specialised in the scoping, supervision and reporting of engineering geophysical surveys and on engineering geological projects that required an integrated data interpretation approach. In 1995 he was seconded to the Perth WA office to supervise Fugro’s site investigation and delivery of geotechnical data to the Wandoo development project. In 2004 Stephen was invited to join BP’s Geohazard Assessment Team (GAT) based in Sunbury where he worked with other geo-specialists on projects in Egypt and West Africa. A specific interest was the development of specialist sedimentological logging techniques to define geohazard facies to inform type, frequency and magnitude of events to support geohazard risk assessments. In 2006 Stephen founded the Engineering Geological and Geohazard (EGG) team at Fugro’s Wallingford office to develop and expand this service to the offshore windfarm as well as the oil and gas sectors. In 2011 he became Technical Authority for Engineering Geology and Geohazards.
Philippe Jeanjean, BP Houston
“A Framework for Monotonic P-Y Curves in Clays”
Philippe is employed by BP America Inc. in Houston, USA, and is the Upstream Technical Authority and Team Lead for geotechnical engineering with 24 years of industry experience. He leads a team of eight engineers and provides technical assurance and verification for all geotechnical activities on projects including onshore and offshore pipelines, offshore fixed, floating, and subsea structures, onshore terminals and LNG plants, arctic engineering, and anchoring and site assessment of drilling rigs. He is also accountable for developing BP’s internal codes and standards in geotechnics.
He was a member of API/ISO committees for 23 years and chaired the API committee on geotechnics for 14 years. He has been chairing Technical Committee 209 on Offshore Geotechnics in the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering since 2009. Under his leadership, TC209 established the ISSMGE McClelland lecture, an international award dedicated to the recognition of outstanding contributions to offshore geotechnics.
He holds one patent and has authored or co-authored 45 papers in journals and conferences.
Professor Byron Byrne
“PISA: New Design Methods for Offshore Wind Turbine Monopiles”
Byron Byrne is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford.
His main research interests are in soil-structure-interaction problems for offshore engineering and renewable energy applications. He leads on research at Oxford University into the geotechnics of offshore wind turbine foundations, exploring a wide range of solutions, from suction caissons to monopile support structures. His research involves experimental studies at a range of scales in combination with theoretical and computational work.
Prof Byrne was the Principal Investigator for the industry funded JIP Pile Soil Analysis (PISA) Project with responsibility for leading a large team of academic researchers working collaboratively with the industry funders.
He is currently the Oxford Director of the Cranfield / Oxford EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures; an activity that is training the next generation of technical leaders for the renewables sector. In 2011, he delivered the Géotechnique Lecture on “Foundation Design for Offshore Wind Turbines”.
He regularly acts as a consultant to the industry.
Professor Barry Lehane
“Characteristics of Unified Databases for Driven Piles”
Professor Barry Lehane is Head of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at The University of Western Australia.
Barry has worked as a practitioner and academic in geotechnical engineering for over 30 years. Much of his research focus is in the area of foundation engineering and his work in deriving rational correlations with the CPT aligns well with his keynote lecture at this conference.
Barry has published more than 250 technical papers in international journals and conferences and he continues to consult widely on a variety of national and international projects.
– More than 200 abstracts already submitted for 2017 event –
The Society for Underwater Technology’s (SUT’s) eighth Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics (OSIG) International Conference has received substantial support from Fugro, with the company becoming the principal sponsor for the 2017 event.
The conference titled ‘Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments’, takes place from 12-14 September 2017 at the historic Royal Geographical Society in London. The event is attracting a lot of interest with more than 200 abstracts already submitted from potential speakers.