Numerical modelling of lateral buckling of subsea pipelines was the subject of the thesis that secured University of Oxford student Jack Templeman the British Geotechnical Association’s 2017 MSc/MEng prize.
The MSc/MEng Prize is awarded annually by the BGA for the best masters’ degree dissertation on a geotechnical topic.
Templeman beat off submissions from three other candidates to win the prize.
Judges said that all four dissertations were of a very high standard but they were unanimous in selecting Templeman as the winner.
Templeman’s MEng dissertation built on previous PhD work at Oxford to present sophisticated 3D pipeline buckling analyses. The thesis extended the work to model two of the methods commonly used to initiate/control thermal buckling of subsea pipelines, namely sleeper and buoyancy modules and to consider the effect of pipe self-weight.
The judging team said that Templeman’s interpretation of the results provides novel insights into a complex soil-structure interaction problem that is of great interest in offshore engineering.
Other finalists were Sean Feist of the University of Portsmouth who presented Environmental Site Assessment of Farlington Marshes and Baker’s Island: The Legacy of Defence Activities & Consequences for Coastal Management; University of Portsmouth’s Jane Kelsey who looked at the Ground model development for the A35 between Charmouth and Morecombelake, interpreting geological, morphometric and geotechnical alongside slope stability to help mitigate against mass movements; and Mott MacDonald’s Joe Newhouse who completed his thesis on Ground movement due to shaft construction at Imperial College.
Judges also awarded Joe Newhouse, who recently won the 49th Cooling Prize, a highly commended for his dissertation.