The Arctic regions have enormous resources of oil, gas, minerals and fish. They are politically, strategically and economically important to the all the circumpolar countries and to the world as a whole. They are also environmentally and socially sensitive, and any development requires a careful balance between the interests of outside investors, the local communities, the indigenous peoples, the regulatory environment and the natural environment.
The objective of this course is to be an introduction to Arctic engineering, mostly in the context of the production and transportation of oil and gas, but at the same time considering broader infrastructure. The course is not merely a 'familiarization' course with no technical content; but it will instead examine recent developments in critical technical areas such as ice mechanics, permafrost, ships in ice, and codes, in particular the recently-published ISO 19906. The course will be illustrated by the lecturers’ experience of completed projects and case studies in many parts of the world, among them the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic, Sakhalin and Kazakhstan.
Most of the participants are expected to be engineers engaged with current or future projects in the Arctic regions, concerned with broad planning, conceptual design, and detailed engineering. The course will also be relevant to people who are not engineers but want to understand what engineers are planning, among them public officials, regulators, specialists in the environment, lawyers and potential investors.
On completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 2.5 Continuing Education Units. (CEU’s).
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