Seabed Engineering – What’s new at Southampton?
Two new appointments to the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton will introduce themselves and their interests in this special seminar.
Susan Gourvenec is the newly appointed Professor of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering.
Susan joined UoS in September 2017 following 16 years at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia. Susan has retained a visiting appointment at UWA through the transdisciplinary Oceans Institute. Prior to moving to Australia, Susan was at Cambridge University following a PhD from UoS and undergraduate degree from London.
Susan will present an overview of her background and recent activities - including centrifuge modelling (in view of the new centrifuge modelling facility under construction at the new National Infrastructure Laboratory at Boldrewood), impact through development of industry standards and freeware tools for optimization of geotechnical design and multi-disciplinary approaches to decommissioning offshore geotechnical infrastructure. The presentation will be high level, accessible to all, with a view to connecting cross-discipline to seed potential future collaborations.
David White is the newly appointed Professor of Infrastructure Geotechnics. David joined UoS in September 2017 following 12 years at COFS/UWA in Perth, most recently as the Shell Professor of Offshore Engineering and Director of the ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities. David began his career at Cambridge University as an undergraduate, PhD student and lecturer, before migrating down under.
David will also highlight collaborations with the oil and gas industry, and describe novel approaches to the design of offshore pipelines. This work includes physical modelling of ocean-pipeline-seabed interaction to understand stability during storms, and also thermal interaction effects in which pipelines are designed to snake across the seabed to relieve thermal expansion loads. Reliable pipeline engineering requires accurate characterisation of the seabed, and David will also show new technologies at the intersection of robotics and geotechnics, which are being trialled offshore to improve how we measure the properties of the seabed.
The presentations will be high level and accessible to all, with a view to making cross-discipline connections to seed potential future collaborations.