Large-deformation finite element modeling of seabed sediments for offshore oil and gas development

Large amounts of crude oil and natural gas are located deep beneath Canada’s ocean floors. Currently, the offshore oil and gas industry makes a significant contribution to Canadian economy. Proper geotechnical modeling of seabed sediment is very important for safe, economic and reliable development and operation of offshore systems. The proposed research will advance the technologies required in the design of offshore foundations and anchors, subsea pipelines and risers. It will also develop a finite element modeling technique for analysis of submarine landslides, which is considered as one of the major geohazard in offshore development. Four inters at Memorial University will receive training on offshore oil and gas developments through this research program. The partner organization (C-CORE) provides advanced engineering solutions to various sectors including offshore oil and gas production and transportation. Through the proposed research program the partner organization will receive advanced technical solutions, design approach and skills in the fields of offshore geotechnical engineering and soil/structure interaction.

This research project was undertaken and completed with a grant from and the financial assistance of Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Bipul Hawlader


Sujan Dutta, Biswajit Saha & Sharif Ahmed


Petroleum Newfoundland & Labrador




Oil and gas


Memorial University of Newfoundland



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