5-7 November 2018
Hilton Americas, Houston, Texas, USA

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Technical Program

Arctic Technology Conference offers key insights by global experts on technological advances, safety, and environmentally focused solutions, and economic and regulatory impacts needed for exploration and production in the Arctic.

Monday, 5 November

Opening Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary Session: There is a Future in the Arctic
Room TBD | 0845–0945

We understand the current economic and business environment is challenging to conduct safe and environment friendly hydrocarbon exploration and development in the Arctic. However, the Arctic continues to be a region of close observation to use relevant technology, respecting local requirements, and be ready for a time when we see a step up and acceleration of activity. This opening plenary panel will explore those opportunities and challenges with the firm understanding that there is a future in the Arctic.


Peter Noble Sudhir Pai
Peter Noble,
Principal Advisor
Noble Associates
Sudhir Pai,










Aamot Lars Erik   Murkowski
Lars-Erik Aamot,
Director General,
Head of Oil and Gas Department,
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
Gordon McIntosh,
Deputy Minister,
Department of Natural Resources,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
 Lisa Murkowski,
State of Alaska,
United States  


Plenary Panel Session: Arctic Technology Knowledge Transfer
Room TBD | 1000–1130

Arctic developments have tended to be cyclical, with short bursts of high achievement followed by long periods of low activity. This leads to the critical issue of how knowledge is retained and transferred. This panel will discuss the extent of Arctic technology, understanding how it has been obtained in the past and how we might develop methods to retain and transfer this learning for future projects.


Mitch Winkler

Mitch Winkler


Croasdale Velez Wilkman

Ken Croasdale,
K R Croasdale & Associates Ltd.

Peter Velez,
Peter Velez Engineering LLC
Goran Wilkman,
Managing Director,
Wilkman Arctic Adviser


Topical Luncheon

Prudhoe Bay at 40 Years: Sill a Giant 
Room TBD | 1215–1345
The Prudhoe Bay Field is currently the third largest in the US in terms of proven reserves, following the Eagle Ford Shale and Spraberry Fields in Texas. Four decades and many technological revolutions later, what is still the country’s most productive oilfield in history, has yielded more than 12.5 billion barrels. Current output is nearly 282,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with the field supplying 55% of Alaska’s output and supporting more than 16,000 jobs in the state. “The field has repeatedly defied the odds and remains a major contributor to US energy security and to the state’s economy,” Janet Weiss, President of BP’s Alaska region, said. This topical luncheon will focus on the details of this success story, what the challenges were, and how they were overcome.


Tiffany Carey

Tiffany Carey,
Exploration Operations,
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. 

Keynote: Damien Bilbao, Vice President of Commerical Ventures, BP Alaska


Afternoon Panel/Technical Sessions

PANEL: The Great State of Alaska: America's Only Gateway to Arctic Resources
Room TBD | 1400–1630

Allowing responsible energy exploration in new onshore and offshore areas of Alaska unlock immense opportunities for Alaskans to sustain the state’s economy and to aid in the national drive for energy independence. Pre-lease activities are taking place in the Offshore Continental Shelf (OCS) and on land in the Area 1002 of Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Political, economic, environmental, and operational considerations must be balanced to achieve the intended benefits. This panels will focus on recent decisions, current activities, and near-term next steps to enable energy exploration in Arctic Alaska with a unique focus on the largest conventional onshore prospect in North America: Area 1002.


Kara Moriarty

Kara Moriarty,
President, CEO,
Alaska Oil and Gas Association


Joseph Balash Forrest Burkholder Dave Houseknecht Rada Khadjinova   Lisa Murkowski
Joseph Balash,
Assistant Secretary,
US Department of Interior
Forrest Burkholder,
Vice President,
Operations, SAExploration
Dave Houseknecht,
Research Geologist,
US Geological Survey
Rada Khadjinova,
Alaska General Manager,
Andy Mack,
Department of Natural Resources,
State of Alaska
Lisa Murkowski,
US Senator, Alaska


Room TBD | 1400–1630

Marine Arctic operations greatly depend on knowledge of the environment, specifically, ice conditions and metocean conditions. Both require accurate real-time information and reliable forecasting. Farther developing the ice cover image technology, improving the models of sea ice dynamics and coupled models for ice and weather forecasting are critical for both ice operation and ice technology development. This new information and tools will contribute to efficiency and safety of Arctic shipping and offshore structure operations. New data on ice and ice formations properties, icing, materials for ice are important for new technology development and design optimization as well.

Session Chairpersons: Alex Iyerusalimskiy, Gibbs & Cox; Mitch Winkler, Shell International E&P Co.

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
1400   Ice and Metocean Challenges for Arctic Engineering Design
A. Barker, Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering / National Research Council Canada
1422  29127 Development and Tests of Predictive Ice Images (PRIIMA)
L. Rabenstein, P. Kountouris, P. Cochrane, Drift + Noise GmbH; S. Hendricks, T. Krumpen, Alfred Wegener
1444 29154 Field Experiments on Shear Strength of Solid and Freeze-bonded Sea Ice
M. Taghi Boroojerdi, Memorial University of Newfoundland; E. Bailey Dudley, C-CORE; R. Hossain, R.S. Taylor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1506 29140 Verification of the Prediction of the Timing and Duration of Arctic Sea Ice in the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea for 2016 and 2017
J.F. Hasling, Met/Ocean Consultant; G. Agudelo, Graduate Student University of Houston
1528 29128 Results from the De-Icing Comparison Experiment (D-ICE) at NOAA’s Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska
C.J. Cox, S. Morris, C. Long, CIRES/NOAA-ESRL
1550 29109 Development of a New Operational Iceberg Drift Forecast Model for the Grand Banks of Newfoundland
I. Turnbull, T. King, F. Ralph, C-Core
1612  29156 Study on Ice Abrasion Test Method of Coating Paint for Ice-class Vessels
S. Cho, Korea  Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering; C. Kim, E. Oh, Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering


TECHNICAL SESSION: Arctic Operations
Room TBD | 1400–1630

Various new technologies to aid Arctic operations including iceberg discrimination, autonomous technologies for rapid response, the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles for iceberg surveying, monitoring and iceberg tracking will be presented in this technical session. The integration of multi-mission satellite data, weather and ice formation, and use of digital buoys, as well as, measurements to determine ownership of oil and gas resources in the Arctic will be discussed.

Session Chairpersons: Jerry Carroll, IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society; James Barbera, IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
1400 29130 Towards Automation of Satellite-Based Radar Imagery for Iceberg Surveillance - Machine Learning of Ship and Iceberg Discrimination
D.T. Power, C. Howell, K. Dodge, C-CORE; F. Scibilia, Statoil; J.R. Sagli, Statoil ASA; R. Hall, Statoil
1422 29089 Autonomous Technologies for Rapid-Response Observing of the Arctic Offshore Environment
G. De Boer, D. Lawrence, S. Palo, University of Colorado Boulder; J. Intrieri, C. Fairall, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; P. Johnston, D. Costa, J. Osborn, University of Colorado Boulder; J. Leach, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; C. Dixon, University of Colorado Boulder; T. Ayers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1444 29115 Application of Remote Sensing Imagery and Ancillary Products to Improve Logistical Efficiency and Safety of Arctic Operations
T. Carey, ConocoPhillips Alaska; K.A. Soofi, ConocoPhillips Co
1506 29132 Usage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for iceberg surveying and monitoring - preliminary results
R. Briggs, T. King, C-Core
1528 29100 Iceberg Motion Tracking with UAV Deployed Sensor
J.W. Thijssen, R. Briggs, C-CORE
1550 29101 The application of 4D Satellite Seafloor Morphology for Determining Ownership of Oil and Gas Resources in Arctic Waters
R. Van De Poll, Fugro N.V.
1612 29153 Integration of Multi-mission Satellite Data, Weather and Ice Information for Arctic Operations
A.H. Kaljord, Kongsberg Satellite Services AS; S. Andersen, StormGeo AS


Room TBD | 1400–1630

This session will cover various aspects of the logistics problems and activities associated with providing logistical support to a project being undertaken in an Arctic environment. The session begins with a presentation by Zach Casey, in which he will describe how the logistical aspects of this project were approached, beginning in Belle Chaise, Louisiana and ending in offshore Northern and Western Alaska. Six papers related to arctic logistics will follow.

Session Chairpersons: Hadi Suroor, Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants; Markella Spari, Arcadis

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
1400   From Belle Chaisse to the Arctic, How We Did It
Z. Casey, RT Casey LLC
1422 29131 Deep Cone Penetration Testing in Arctic Permafrost
1444 29164 The Design Width of Floating Ice Roads and Effect of Longitudinal Cracks
P. Spencer, R. Wang, Ausenco Engineering Canada
1506 29095 The Ships of the North-West Passage - 600 years of Technical & Operational Development
P.G. Noble, Noble Associates Inc.
1528 29113 AUDAX and PUGNAX, Unique PC-3 Class Heavy Transport Vessels designed for Module Transportation for LNG Liquefaction Projects in Arctic remote locations
P. Adkins, R. van Lievenoogen, J. La Lau, Red Box Energy Services
1550 29122 Overcome The Many Challenges Of Providing Compute Power In The Harsh, Remote And Sometimes Hazardous Environments Of The Arctic With A Prefabricated Data Center.
B. Canney, Schneider Electric


Tuesday, 6 November

Topical Breakfast

Global Arctic Market Outlook 
Room TBD | 0730–0900

This topical breakfast will feature a panel of experts being interviewed on the current and likely future level of activity in Arctic activities. The panel will look at a range of activities and geographic sectors. The activities will include developments (oil and gas and minerals), transport shipping, local community support and resupply, fisheries, science and R&D, infrastructure, SAR, etc. The geographic sectors will include the North American Arctic, the European Arctic, and the Russian Arctic.


Peter Noble

Peter Noble,
Principal Advisor,
Noble Associates


Maddock Niini  
Bill Maddock,
CGS Engineering Manager,
West White Rose Project,
Husky Energy
Mikko Niini,
Marine Transport Working Group, 
Arctic Economic Council


Morning Panel/Technical Sessions

PANEL: Future Directions of R&D: Academia and Industry
Room TBD | 0930–1200

Certain universities and academic organizations are doing valuable work in the Arctic region. This panel will foster a dialogue between some of those academic institutions with input from representatives from the industry. An outcome from the panel will be a path for better communication and collaboration between these various entities for the betterment of technology development and implementation in the Arctic.


Sudhir Pai

Sudhir Pai,


Neil Bolivar
Neil Bolivar,
Drilling Advisor,
ExxonMobil - East Coast Exploration


TECHNICAL SESSION: Ice Management and Dynamic Positioning
Room TBD | 0930–1200

Ice management has been an integral part of the operation of man-made structures in ice-covered waters since the earliest days of Arctic drilling. Analyzing the environment, forecasting ice movement, and taking action to interfere with the interaction between the ice and the structure all contribute to reducing ice loads and making it possible to operate in ice-covered water. Integrating all these approaches is critical to success as there are limited resources to deploy in a dynamic and hostile environment. Research into new technologies for ice management, such as sensors, forecasting ice movement, and new ship technologies continues, so that ice operations can be effective and affordable. Dynamic positioning of ships and offshore platforms has been widely adopted in open water but presents some special challenges, due to the highly dynamic nature of ice loads. The opportunity to reduce the dependency on a mooring system for structures operating in ice is the goal and new technology is contributing to its realization.

Session Chairpersons: David Molyneux, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Pentti Kujala, Aalto University  

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
0930 29121 Dynamic Model for Optimization of Iceberg Real-time Towing Operations
M. Fuglem, C-Core
0952 29096 Facility Side-Tracking for Iceberg Risk Management
T. King, C-Core
1014 29177 Research Updates on DP in Ice Environment - Improving Safety and Efficiency of Arctic Operations
M. Islam, J. Mills, R. Gash, P. Wayne, M. James, National Research Council
1036 29112 Model Tests of (2017) Full-Scale Station-Keeping Trails in Ice
B.J. Elliott, Statoil Canada Ltd.; S. Islam, National Research Council of Canada; P. Liferov, Statoil ASA
1058 29110 Ice Clearing to Support Near-Field Operations
A. Kennedy, T. Harris, National Research Council of Canada; V. Reid, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1120 29105 A New Icevaning Control For Dynamic Positioning In Managed Ice Condition
Y. KIM, Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO)
1142 29150 Fugro Constellation USV: Rising to the Challenges of Surveying Remote, Shallow Waters
H. Stewart, K. Brumley, R.V. Khadjinova, A. Waugh, R. Waugh, D. Rycroft, N. Thomas, Fugro


TECHNICAL SESSION: Regulatory and Environment
Room TBD | 0930–1200

Investment in resource exploration and development depends on several factors, not the least of which are environmental and regulatory conditions. Likewise, production and transportation of developed resources require fit-for-purpose preventative and response systems. This session combines lessons learned, innovations, and continuous improvements that collectively help promote, achieve and maintain a balance between natural and built environment that supports hydrocarbon resource development and operations.

Session Chairpersons: Tiffany Carey, ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.; Rada Khadjinova, Fugro

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
0930 29159 Do Arctic Hydrocarbons have a place in today's market? Regulatory issues.
N.A. Masvie, DNV GL Group
0952 29102 Russian Development of its Arctic Offshore Hydrocarbon Resources: Alternatives to Collaboration with Western International Oil Corporations?
J.A. Skinner, University of Alaska Anchorage-Matanuska Susitna College
1014 29129 Potential Impacts of Seabed 2030 on Arctic Resource Development
D. Millar, Fugro
1036 29178 Employing A Multi-disciplinary Law-and-Science Approach To Resolving Maritime Boundary Disputes In Arctic Waters, With Special Reference To The USA-vs-Canada Boundary Dispute In The Beaufort Sea.
R. Van De Poll, Fugro N.V.; P. Bekker, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1058 29120 Arctic Oil Spill Response: Key Outcomes and Location of Results from Arctic Response Technology JIP
M.M. Winkler, IOGP
1120 29174 Drilling Without Spills: Designing Mud-Gas Separators for a Worst Case Scenario
R.F. Ziegler, Weatherford International Ltd.; H. Patil, Weatherford; K.M. Deshpande, Weatherford International Ltd.
1142 29137 An Environmentally-Sensitive Approach to Remote Reservoir Monitoring
S. Kelly, Expro Americas, LLC


TECHNICAL SESSION: Arctic Shipping I: New Technology
Room TBD | 0930–1200

Arctic exploration and production are complicated with major engineering challenges leading to careful project planning increased scrutiny of equipment performance, reliability, and safety. Recent industry trends are leading to opportunities to re-evaluate long-held assumptions and design practices in the pursuit of successful arctic operations around the world. Of particular interest is the development of new technology in shipping and transportation to achieve advances in propulsion technology, icebreaking response, heavy-lift functionality, and liquid hauling capacity. The harsh environment can take a toll on the equipment and the remoteness of operating in the Arctic requires an increased reliability of both commercial and passenger vessels as new technology is pursued.

Session Chairpersons: Aiman Al-Showaiter, Wood Group USA Inc; Melanie Sarzynski, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
0930 29123 Trends in expedition vessels in Polar waters
J. Salminen, M. Vocke, Aker Arctic Technology Inc.
0952 29125 Propulsion Technology for Polar Expedition Ships
O. Irgens, ABB Inc.; K. Kokkila, ABB Oy; S. Hanninen, ABB Inc.
1014 29152 Development Of Propulsion Technology Of Tankers Operating In Ice
G. Wilkman, Wilkman Arctic Adviser; S. Hänninen, ABB Houston; T. Heideman, P. Määttänen, ABB Finland
1036 29119 Propulsion System Ice load Measurements Onboard IB Polaris
P. Maattanen, ABB Oy; S. Hanninen, ABB Inc.
1058 29111 Comparison Study between Design Ice Load and Actual Measured Ice Load during Ice Trial of Arctic LNG Carrier
Y. Jo, J. Choi, S. Park, J. Lee, H. Ki, S. Han, Daewoo Shipbuilding/Marine Engrg
1120 29157 Physical Model Tests for Supporting the Development of Ice Force Models of Dynamic Positioning Vessel in Managed Ice
M. Islam, J. Wang, B. Jeffrey, M. Lau, R. Gash, D. Millan, J. Millan, National Research Council
1142 29179 Level Ice Clearing In Model and Full Scale Using Azimuthing Propulsion
P. Kujala, G. Taimuri, Aalto University


Topical Luncheon

Steps to Promote Exploration Activity in the Canadian Arctic
Room TBD | 1215–1345

The Canadian Arctic holds a lot of promise to explore resources in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. This topical luncheon will give an insight into the vision, progress made in its execution, and future steps.

Session Chairpersons: David Molyneux, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Keynote: Paul Barnes, Director, Atlantic Canada and Arctic, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Afternoon Panel/Technical Sessions

PANEL: Finland’s Past and Future Contributions to Arctic Technology and Operations
Room TBD | 1400–1630

The Finnish economy depends on foreign trade and requires efficient winter navigation. As activities in the Arctic have increased, both for resource development and for shipping, the demand for high-quality icebreakers and ice-strengthened cargo ships has risen. This has led Finnish ice technology to be developed to a world-leading level over the past 50 years. The panel will discuss all aspects of Finnish Arctic technology development and marine operations in high latitudes, based on past activities, but with a view to the future.


Peter Noble

Peter Noble,
Principal Advisor,
Noble Associates Inc.


Samui H Pentti Kujala Mikko Niini SViheriaalehto Goran Wilkman
Samuli Hainnen,
Key Account Director,
ABB Marine & Ports
Pentti Kujala,
Aalto University

Mikko Niini,
Navidom Ltd and
Rauma Marine Constructions Ltd.

Sampo Viheriälehto,
Chartering Manager,
Arctia Offshore Ltd.
Goran Wilkman,
Managing Director,
Wilkman Arctic Adviser


TECHNICAL SESSION: Marginal Field Development in Iceberg Environments
Room TBD | 1400–1630

Existing major oil fields off the Canadian east coast include Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose, and Hebron. In addition to these larger fields, a number of smaller or marginal field discoveries have been found. These smaller fields (generally consisting of less than 50 million barrels of oil in reserves) are not large enough to justify stand-alone developments. However, they could be profitable if developed as tiebacks to existing developments through the use of subsea flowlines. Subsea infrastructure on the Grand Banks is at risk of contact from icebergs. Current iceberg risk mitigation strategies (e.g. pipeline trenching and burial, installation of wellheads in excavated drill centers) are cost-prohibitive for marginal field developments. Work performed under marginal fields initiatives are intended to address this issue.

Session Chairpersons: Rocky Taylor, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Tony King, C-CORE

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
1400 29172 Defining a Path Towards Successful Low-Cost Marginal Field Developments: An Overview
J. Muise, TechnipFMC; F. Ralph, C-Core
1422 29158 Protection of Subsea Assets using an Iceberg Protection Structure
A.J. Blundon, TechnipFMC; T. King, C-Core
1444 29097 Iceberg Risk to Marginal Field Developments: Physical Tests to Investigate Free-Floating Iceberg Contact with Pipeline Laid on the Seabed
E. Bailey Dudley, R. Phillips, C-CORE
1506 29126 Finite Element Analysis of Flexible Pipe Tension Loads Due to Iceberg Interaction
K. Pike, A. Blundon, TechnipFMC
1528 29092 Pile Foundation System for Offshore Protection Structure
R. Phillips, G. Piercey, J. Barrett, C-CCORE
1550 29091 Development of an Iceberg Impact Load Assessment Tool
P. Stuckey, Y. Huang, M. Fuglem, c-core
1612 29099 Technical Solutions and Environmental Consideration for Safe Access and Crew Transfer in Harsh and Arctic Conditions
T. Fylkesnes, Marine Aluminium AS


TECHNICAL SESSION: Drilling and Production Technology Developments
Room TBD | 1400–1630

This session will present several novel approaches to dealing with Arctic exploration and production. Topics covered include closed-loop drilling and controlled mud cap drilling technologies that allow operators to drill in sensitive waters as well as methods to improve heavy oil recovery. The papers will also cover the continuous improvement of wellbore positioning accuracy and 3D seismic advancements. Overall, the session deals with the basic challenges faced when drilling in a harsh Arctic environment.

Session Chairpersons: Murray Brown, Husky Oil Operations Ltd.; Tom Gee, Weatherford

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
1400 29144 Proposal - Mitchell Winkler
M.M. Winkler, Consultant
1422 29118 More Reliable 3D Seismic Assessment of Shallow Drilling Hazards in North Slope, Alaska
Y. Sanchez, M. Kucera, Z. Zhang, Fugro GeoConsulting
1444 29168 Continuous Improvement in Wellbore Position Accuracy: Ultra Extended-Reach Drilling in Far Eastern Russia
B.H. Poedjono, Schlumberger; S. Rawlins, Schlumberger Oilfield Services; S. Maus, Magnetic Variation Services LLC; X. Li, CGG
1506 SPE-189578-MS

Using Simulator to prepare for Total Loss risk scenarios utilizing Controlled Mud Cap Drilling in the Barents-sea
S. Oedegaard, eDrilling; L. Hollman, Blade Energy Partners; G. Smaaskjaer, Lundin Norway AS; E. Claudey, Enhanced Drilling; Ø. Mehus, Oiltec Solutions; T. Andreassen, Maersk Training; J. Nabavi, eDrilling
*Paper previously published at 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition

1528 29098 Closed System Drilling: Achieving the Level of Process Safety Performance Required for Arctic Drilling
R.F. Ziegler, Weatherford International Ltd.
1550 29117 Experimental Investigation of Low Salinity Waterflooding to Improve Heavy Oil Recovery from the Schrader Bluff Reservoir on Alaska North Slope
Y. Cheng, W.L. Czyzewski, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Y. Zhang, A.Y. Dandekar, University of Alaska - Fairbanks; S. Ning, Reservoir Experts, LLC; J.A. Barnes, Hilcorp Alaska LLC
1612 29151 Solid Propellant Accumulators - Next Generation Hydraulic Power Sources for Cold-Weather BOPs
J.R. Welker, N. Bedrossian, Bastion Technologies
Alternate 29094 Elastomer Based Technologies For Operation In Harsh Arctic Environments
O. Rasmussen, Trelleborg Offshore Norway AS


TECHNICAL SESSION: Arctic Shipping II: Testing and Trials
Room TBD | 1400–1630

Model testing is a critical and cost-saving tool for the verification and validation of design, performance, and power prediction of ships in ice-infested waters. It is also possible to predict and measure ship maneuvering, ice load and impact test on ship hull, propulsion for ice-breaking, and loading and offloading in various ice conditions and ice properties such as one- and multi-year level ice/ridges or brash ice channels, ice thickness, ice strength range. Further field full-scale testing is used for data acquisition and evaluation of ice conditions, ship testing in ice, and measurement of global and local forces. For operating profile in the polar environment, operational (risk) assessment to identify the relevant hazards is one of the important processes, and relevant technical design measures and operational procedures that can reduce the risks to an acceptable level should be chosen. For this purpose, it is required that the operational procedures must be established in a special Polar Water Operational Manual carried aboard the ship.

Session Chairpersons: Won Ho Lee, DNV GL Group; Marcel Landwehr, Subsea 7  

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
1400   Are We Achieving the Goals of the IMO Polar Code? Practical Experience with the Process Prior to the Issue of a Polar Ship Certificate.
M. Mejlænder-Larsen, DNVGL AS
1422 29143 Evaluating Risk and Determining Operational Limitations for Ships in Ice
R. Hindley, Aker Arctic Technology Inc.; A. Kendrick, VARD; J.E. BOND, ABS; J. Kämäräinen, Finnish Transport Safety Agency
1444 29162 Use of Environmental Data to Estimate Polar Waters Operational Window
D. Oldford, J.E. BOND, ABS
1506 29106 Model Tests of the United States Coast Guard Heavy Polar Icebreaker Indicative Designs
J. Wang, A. Akinturk, J. Brown, C. Muselet, National Research Council Canada; S. Minnich, David Taylor Model Basin, NSWCCD West Bethesda; A. Iyerusalimskiy, J. Stratton, Gibbs and Cox Maritime Solutions
1528 29104 Abatement of Operational Discharges from Offshore Vessels and Structures in an Emerging Zero Spill Regime
B.O. Bassey, Coventry University
1550 29149 Ice Mode and Beyond: Electrical Propulsion for Efficient Ice-Breaking
M. Barisic, F. Wendt, B. Lee, ABB AS; M. Robenek, ABB a.s.
1612 29155 Full-Scale Trials for the Validation of Ship Performance and Model Tests in Ice
N. Reimer, Q. Hisette, C. Schroeder, The Hamburg Ship Model Basin


The Next Wave 

The Next Wave: Are You Prepared to Dive into Your Next Career Move?
Room TBD | 1400–1700

The Next Wave program will focus on how your experience within Arctic operations will help advance your career. Our speakers will discuss topics from how they have navigated in and out of roles in harsh environments to how Human Resources and hiring managers evaluate Arctic experience as it relates to other harsh environments. What skills transfer and why?

The program of speakers, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities will educate, invoke thought, and connect you with mentors and peers with varied Arctic experiences. Learn from experts with specific knowledge and make contacts that will prepare you to tackle your next oilfield opportunity.

Wednesday, 7 November

Topical Breakfast

The Alaska LNG Project and Arctic Innovation
Room TBD | 0730–0900

The Alaska LNG Project (Project) is gaining momentum as it moves towards possible sanction in the second half of 2019. The Project will be constructed and operated in arctic and sub-arctic territory, and feature numerous innovations that improve compatibility with a cold-climate environment while also improving project competitiveness. The Alaska LNG Project has Export Authorizations to ship 20 MTPA for 30 years to markets in the Asia-Pacific region and will supply natural gas to Alaskan utilities and industries. This topical breakfast session will give insight into the innovations and the exemplary design aspects of the project.



Thomas Krzewinski,
Golder Associates


Fritz Krusen Frank Richards
Leslie C. "Fritz" Krusen
Vice President, LNG and Administrative Services,
Alaska Gasline Development Corporation
Frank Richards
Senior Vice President, Program Development,
Alaska Development Corporation


Morning Panel/Technical Sessions

PANEL: Recent and Planned Developments in the Norwegian Sector of the Barents Sea
Room TBD | 0930–1200

A small number of fields are in operation. Operational experience is being gained and used for other fields which are undergoing exploration. As a result, new field developments are being planned. In parallel, active research and development is being executed to enhance the operational safety and efficiency of oil and gas projects in the Barents Sea while taking due regard for people and the environment.


Han Tiebout

Han Tiebout,


Charlotte Berge Tim Crome Amir Gergerechi Geir Loeland Andrew Train
Charlotte Berge,
Technical Manager Johan
Castberg Project,

Tim Crome,
Technology Manager, 

Amir Gergerechi,
Principal Engineer, Drilling
and Well Technology Section,
Geir Loeland,
Head of Structural
Integrity Section,

Andrew Train
Head of Projects,
OMV Norway


TECHNICAL SESSION: Offshore Structures and Harsh Environments
Room TBD | 0930–1200

Marine arctic operations greatly depend on knowledge of the environment; specifically ice conditions and metocean conditions. Both require accurate real-time information and reliable forecasting. Further developing the ice cover image technology, improving the models of sea ice dynamics and coupled models for ice and weather forecasting are critical for both ice operation and ice technology development. This new information and tools will contribute to efficiency and safety of Arctic shipping and offshore structure operations. New data on ice and ice formations properties, icing, materials for ice are important for new technology development and design optimization as well.

Session Chairpersons: Thomas Krzewinski, Golder Associates; Benny Poedjono, Schlumberger

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
0930 29161 Study on the Material Properties of Aged Steel Exposed to Arctic Environment
F. Wen, J.E. BOND, American Bureau of Shipping; T. Cheung, Keppel Offshore & Marine; P.G. Noble, Noble Associates LLC
0952 29107 Ridge Loads on Wind Turbine Structures
K. Croasdale, K R Croasdale & Associates Ltd.; N. Allyn, CMO Consultants Ltd.
1014 29176 First Year Ridge Interaction on Upward Sloping Structures: A New Approach
K. Croasdale, K R Croasdale & Associates Ltd.; T. Brown, University of Calgary; G. Li, Shell; W. Spring, Bear Ice Technology
1036 29166 Global Mooring Loads for MODU Station-Keeping in Pack Ice
J.W. Thijssen, M. Fuglem, C-CORE
1058 29167 Probabilistic Calculation of Companion Sea Ice and Wave Loads
M. Fuglem, J.W. Thijssen, P. Stuckey, C-CORE; S. Suwan, Q. Zhang, Arup
1120 29171 Ice Model Tests for Ice loads and Encroachment of Fixed Offshore Structures
C. Schroeder, The Hamburg Ship Model Basin
1142     29169 A Stationary Ocean Platform
L. Lee, Lee Dynamics


TECHNICAL SESSION: Subzero Temperatures, Sea Ice, Unknown Terrain, and Other Challenges for Arctic Pipelines
Room TBD | 0930–1200

What’s different when the pipeline engineer and his team designs a pipeline in Arctic and subarctic areas of the world? Many things, some are potential game stoppers, some fall into the “nuisance” category. Temperature is certainly different - water temperature, ambient air temperature, and temperature changes, particularly during winter conditions. The pipeline’s foundation? Permafrost or no permafrost - almost certainly onshore, but how far does it extend offshore? Sea Ice, ice gouging, shore fast ice-pipeline burial - how deep? These are some of the potential game stoppers that must be considered. This session will look at some of these challenges.

Session Chairpersons: John Bomba, Consultant; Kerri Bridges, AECOM

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
0930 29175 The Subsea Drake Pipeline in Northern Canada: A Promising Case Study to Check Design Effectiveness Against Drifting Ice Action
P.D. Barrette, E.D. Gardin, A. Barker, National Research Council of Canada
0952 29141 The Challenges of Arctic for Oil & Gas Pipeline Design
A. Al-Showaiter, Wood Group USA Inc; C. Fan, Wood
1014 29146 Importance of Detailed Terrain and Geohazard Information for Pipeline and Infrastructure Developments in Arctic Environments
D. O'Leary, A. Garrigus, T.G. Krzewinski, Golder Associates
1036 29165 Onshore Pipeline Design and Installation Considerations for Northwestern Alaska
B. Eisler, M. Murrill, Consultant; T. Walker, Guidon Energy
1058 29136 Transient Flow Assurance Analysis to Optimize Freeze Prevention Procedure in Alaska Nikaitchuq Oil Producers
D. Cresta, K.C. Hester, A.G. Di Lullo, ENI S.P.A.; L. Atencio, Eni Petroleum
1120 29114 Lateral Displacement Analysis of Trenched Arctic Pipelines Backfilled With Granular Materials
M. Esmaeilzadeh, X. Dong, H. Shiri, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1142 29135 Bending Performance of Pipe-in-pipe Filled with Frozen Sand as a Flexible Pipeline Material
S. Kanie, H. Zheng, T. Iwamoto, Hokkaido University


TECHNICAL SESSION: Arctic Shipping III: Modeling and Simulation
Room TBD | 0930–1200

Model testing is an important means of verifying and validating a design. Through model testing, icebreaking performance, and power prediction of ships are checked along with maneuvering and loads on the hull and propulsion system. Scale effects and repeatability of results between model test facilities remain a challenge. Because model testing is costly and time consuming, at scale and often a single design permutation simulation methods have been developed to allow parametric studies to be efficiently undertaken. The model test results form the basis for validation of the simulation methods. Further, the developed simulation predictions are being incorporated into ice navigation training simulators. In this session on-going developments at model basins and in simulation methods, including the correlation between the two, will be presented and discussed.

Session Chairpersons: James Bond, American Bureau of Shipping; Nils Reimer, SVA Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH  

Presentation Time Paper Number  Paper Title/Author Block
0930 29134 Recent Improvements in NRC Ice Model Basin
J. Wang, J. Monk, R. Pallard, J. Brown, M. Wardle, National Research Council Canada
0952 29139 Simulation of Ship-Ice Interactions Using a Coupled SPH-DEM Method
S. Mintu, D. Molyneux, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1014 29163 Discrete Element Simulation of Ships Navigating through Brash Ice Channels
M. Prasanna, University of Rostock; Q. Hisette, Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA)
1036 29103 Propulsion in ice - Measurements and Experienced Opportunities and Limitations in Current Design Rules
G. Dahler, J.J. Iseskär, J.H. Andersen, DNV GL Group
1058 29173 The Development of Ice Navigation Simulator
J. Salminen, J. Sallinen, Aker Arctic Technology Inc.
1120 29093 Ice Force Modeling for Dynamic Positioning using System Identification Techniques
R. Gash, National Research Council