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Rodolfo Sancio Presents on Geohazards off the US Coasts at the Society for Underwater Technology US Workshop

Rodolfo Sancio, PhD, PE, D.GE (Texas), is presenting on geohazards off the US coasts for the Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics (OSIG) Committee of the Society for Underwater Technology in the US (SUT-US) workshop on November 2, 2023, at 9:40 a.m. CDT.

Rodolfo is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer with more than 20 years of experience focused on geohazard management (including identification, characterization, and mitigation of geohazards), geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement solutions, and foundation analyses for large industrial facilities and civil construction.

SUT was founded in 1966 and has members from more than 40 countries, including engineers, scientists, other professionals, and students who address underwater technology. Recently, members have come from the offshore hydrocarbon sector. Member now also include more members from offshore renewables and marine autonomous systems, as well as policy, law, and insurance professionals who support offshore activities.

The OSIG Committee of the Society for Underwater Technology in the US (SUT-US) will hosts the online workshop, "Geoscience and Engineering Challenges for Floating Offshore Wind." The webinar session includes five presentations delivered by industry leaders and academic experts and is designed to help experts learn about the floating wind development in the US. It will highlight the associated geoscience and engineering challenges.


In late 2023, two wind energy areas offshore California were leased to five floating wind developers. As field development planning progresses, developers are likely to be sitting and designing foundations and cable routes that carefully and appropriately consider the geological hazards that may affect these facilities. Geohazards include upwelling gas and water that leads to seafloor pockmarks, earthquake induced strong ground shaking that can cause substantial strength reduction of seafloor soils (e.g., liquefaction), faults that may cause displacements across their trace, slumps, and slides that may be induced by natural deposition or earthquakes and the ensuing debris flows and turbidity currents that may damage facilities. In this presentation, Rodolfo will discuss the challenges that such geohazards present to field development and cable routing for offshore US projects.

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About the workshop: Geoscience and engineering challenges for floating offshore wind - Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S..
About SUT: About the SUT | SUT | Society for Underwater Technology.
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Learn more about Rodolfo: Rodolfo Sancio