NGI OTC 2015 Reception
NGI held the traditional reception for delegates participating in the Offshore Technology Conference in May this year. Over 100 delegates turned up at the reception held on May 6th at Hotel Zaza in the museum district of Houston.
The event includes an informal meeting with drinks served, followed by NGI presentations, then a buffet dinner. Managing Director Lars Andersen and Karl Henrik Mokkelbost, Division Director for Offshore Energy, presented an overview of current activities at NGI's offices around the world.
In the past year, NGI opened an office in Perth, Australia which now employs six engineers. NGI Houston is also undergoing some transformation with Senior engineer Victor Taboada becoming president, replacing Morten Saue who is returning to the Oslo office. Houston is also joined by new engineer Alireza Mirdamadi (PhD graduate from Texas A&M) and will soon be joined by Egil Solhjell as a technical advisor from the Oslo office.
Although the large drop in oil prices has led to some decrease in demand for offshore engineering work, NGI is still active in several areas particularly research and development. Mokkelbost presented a summary of research for the current joint industry projects (JIPs) that NGI is involved in:
The presentation is available here
- Reliability of API and CPT-based Axial Pile Capacity Methods
- Effects of time on pile capacity (completed in 2014)
- Cluster-based Marine EM modelling and Inversion (ongoing since 2008)
- BUCWIN -Guideline for geotechnical design of suction caissons (offshore wind turbines with jacket substructure)
- Interpretation of shallow CPT in sand
- Effect of chain trenching on suction anchors holding capacity.
NGI's OTC reception is usually held on Wednesday 5.30pm in the OTC week (first week of May every year).