Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2014

Posted October 2, 2014 (Updated November 12, 2014)

Event: November 25, 2014

GSE/CGS Cross Canada Lecture Tour: Dr. Ryan Phillips, P.Eng. - Pipeline-soil interaction: Flowing hot and cold

Location: Winspear Room, Faculty Club, University of Alberta (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Time: 5:30pm Registration, 6:00pm Dinner, 6:30pm Presentation

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-members, $10 Students (The event is full)

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Guidelines for the assessment of new and existing natural gas and liquid hydrocarbon pipelines subjected to potential ground displacements have recently been improved. The bases for changes in pipe-soil interaction recommendations will be presented including rate effects in clay, oblique loading and backfilled trench effects. Two Canadian pipeline design considerations will also be presented for a cold gas pipeline in permafrost and a hot bitumen pipeline.

Ryan Phillips, PhD, PEng, is Principal Consultant for geotechnical engineering at C-CORE and Director of their Dr. Jack Clark Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility in St. Johnís, Newfoundland. Ryan obtained his doctorate from Cambridge University under Professor Andrew Schofield, where he managed their centrifuge centre until joining C-CORE in 1993. Ryan has over 25 years of experience in physical modelling in geotechnics. He has helped solve engineering issues related to offshore foundation systems and onshore structures, such as pipelines. Ryan also holds a cross-appointment as an Associate Professor in Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at Memorial University, has over 180 publications, and has received the CGS Stermac, Quigley and Meyerhof Awards.

He represents the Canadian Geotechnical Society as an executive Member and past chair of ISSMGE Technical Committee TC104 on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, and is an Associate Editor for both the Canadian Geotechnical Journal and International Journal of Geotechnical Physical Modelling. Ryan is a board member of the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a recipient of their CPR Engineering Medal for his service to CGS.

The CCLT is organized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society, with funding through the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique.

Sponsorship provided by:

  • AMEC
  • BGC Engineering
  • Golder Associates
  • INSITU Contractors Inc.


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