Western Australian Scientist of the Year for 2013, Professor Mark Randolph, has been appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).
The COFS poster Geotechnical Performance of Dynamically
Installed Anchors in Soft Clay by Colm O'Beirne, Conleth O'Loughlin and
Christophe Gaudin was a joint winner for the best poster award at the National
Workshop on Transport and Energy Infrastructure on 19 November 2014.
Fugro, an international company that specialises in the design of offshore foundations is to fund the creation of a new chair at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).
COFS researchers Shazzad Hossain, Mark Cassidy and Yuxia Hu were awarded an ARC Linkage Project Grant for their project "Investigation of alternative footing shapes to mitigate instabilities during installation of offshore drilling platforms".
COFS will partner with three researchers, Dr Jonghwa Won, Dr Jong-Sik Park and Dr Seong-Jong Kim from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME), Korea. They will actively participate and contribute to the project.
Mark Cassidy, Mark Randolph and former COFS PhD student Kok Kuen Lee were recently awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Publication Award - Offshore for their paper:
Bearing capacity on sand overlying clay soils: experimental and finite-element investigation of potential punch-through failure, by K K Lee, M J Cassidy and M F Randolph, Geotechnique, 63(15): 1271-1284.
Dr Meysam Banimahd, PhD CEng, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Woodside Energy, has been appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS). Meysam is currently working with Professors Susan Gourvenec and Conleth O'Loughlin and PhD student Dimitra Zografou to optimize cyclic load design methods for offshore geotechnical systems. Dr Banimahd will bring his industry, technical and theoretical expertise to COFS which will benefit a range of research projects and teaching.
A joint research project between The University of Western Australia and the oil and gas industry which has improved the design of offshore oil and gas pipelines and attracted international interest has won the 2014 AIRG Medal for Australasian Major Industry Technological Innovation.
Associate Professor Shazzad Hossain has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award funding from the Australian Research Council for research into “Advanced numerical and physical modelling of dynamically penetrating anchors for deep water oil and gas developments”.
Mobile foundations: shifting paradigms in deepsea engineering
Federal funding has been awarded to COFS' Professor Susan Gourvenec (pictured right) for a 3-year research project to create a design framework for mobile foundations to support deepwater subsea infrastructure.
The Martin Fahey Visiting Fellowship has been established by COFS to honour the contribution made by Professor Martin Fahey in the establishment and success of the UWA Geotechnical Testing Laboratory, the Geomechanics Group and COFS.