Haneberg co-authors research paper selected as Editor's Choice in geotechnical journal
State Geologist and KGS Director Bill Haneberg co-authored a research paper that was selected as the Editor’s Choice article in the November issue of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. The article, “Modelling Spatial Variability in As-Laid Embedment for High Pressure and High Temperature (HPHT) Pipeline Design,” was written while Haneberg was employed by Fugro GeoConsulting, an American subsidiary of the Dutch geoscience and engineering firm Fugro N.V., before he became Kentucky’s state geologist. The two co-authors are Zack Westgate, also of Fugro GeoConsulting, and David White, of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Studies at the University of Western Australia.
The entire article is available online here.
Haneberg, who was a senior consultant and Quantitative Geohazards Group leader with Fugro in Houston, is an expert in pipeline route selection, geohazard assessment, and geologic data analysis. The article “illustrates how the influence of ... physical mechanisms that drive embedment can be extracted from field survey data and then modelled synthetically in design analyses,” according to its abstract.
Haneberg says, “Analyzing patterns of existing pipeline embedment in deep sea sediments will allow engineers to develop design procedures based on real world behavior rather than assumptions, in order to better accommodate pressure and temperature changes that can generate large stresses in some pipelines. I was pleased to work with two of the world’s leading experts in subsea pipe-soil interaction to perform a study that was considered innovative and significant enough to be selected as an Editor’s Choice by a publication as prestigious as the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.”