Arctic technology assessment

“Sooner or later Arctic development will take place.”

G. Abdel Ghoneim,Det Norske Veritas

“Sooner or later Arctic development will take place.” With this as the starting point, this presentation makes an independent assessment of the technology that exists today and the challenges associated with design and operation of arctic exploration and production installations and recent ice rules and standards for the design of fixed and floating arctic structures. Ongoing new Det Norske Veritas (DNV) development of design guidelines on ice structure interaction will be complete in 2011 or early 2012 based on the new ISO 19906 standard, and will cover both fixed and floating installations.

The risks associated with arctic development are more manageable now, and today’s technology makes it possible to monitor a facility in real time and to control remotely sensitive equipment from a shore base. The author contends that uncertainty about ice loading and design criteria can be mitigated using probabilistic methods, incorporated with reliable monitoring and innovative designs that allow ductile structural behavior and fail-safe arrangement.

Thursday, 11:30 - 12:00 - ROOM E104

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