October 11, 2013

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Rodolfo Sancio to Present at Ice Scour and Arctic Marine Pipeline Workshop on May 21

Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., a senior geotechnical engineer and an Associate of the firm based in Texas, will present at the 3rd Ice Scour and Arctic Marine Pipeline Workshop in St. John's, Newfoundland, in May.

The two-day workshop, hosted by the research and development corporation known as C-CORE, will feature multiple presentations emphasizing the response of subsea structures to ice gouging, an underwater event that can occur when icebergs or other ice features penetrate the seabed and create deep gouges or furrows. These underwater events can cause damage to submerged infrastructure, such as pipelines.

Dr. Sancio will present "Large Scale Indenter Test Program to Measure Sub-gouge Displacements," which is based on a paper of the same name presented at the 21st International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. This paper presented a unique study to evaluate the effects of ice gouging on buried submarine pipelines at a large scale.

For the past decade, Dr. Sancio has focused his efforts on onshore and offshore geotechnical engineering projects for the upstream and midstream oil and gas and petrochemical industry. He has recent practical knowledge of theoretical soil mechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering as well as state-of-the-art analytical techniques for the examination of sands, clays, and silts. He also has assessed the issues related to the safety of offshore pipelines in cold regions; wave induced liquefaction analysis; and pipeline flotation issues.