Pipeline Engineering

Naviq Consulting Inc. (Naviq) provides engineering input to pipeline projects in the following areas:dscn0871
• Soil-pipeline interaction, including determination of soil spring parameters,
• Pipeline routing,
• Geohazard assessment and mitigation development,
• Erosion control,
• Forensic investigations,
• Expert witness regarding geotechnical issues and pipelines.

Dr. Oswell is an expert in soil-pipeline interaction, supporting the pipeline design and pipeline stress analysis teams develop appropriate geotechnical inputs and boundary conditions for soil-pipeline interaction studies.

In 2016 he published the textbook “Soil Mechanics for Pipeline Stress Analysis”, which provides important information for pipe stress analysts to allow them to understand the soil mechanics related to soil-pipeline interaction. It is a useful reference for anyone involved in pipeline design, analysis or integrity. See the webpage Soil Mechanics for Pipeline Stress Analysis for more information.

Selected project experience:

Geohazard Assessment – Oleoductos de Crudos Pesados Pipeline, Ecuador: Senior geotechnical engineer and Project Manager in a expert team to undertake a geological hazard identification and risk assessment of the full pipeline system. Tasks included conducting a quality assurance review of LiDAR data, identification of geohazards visible on LiDAR imagery, input to a semi-quantitative risk assessment model and characterization of geohazards relative to risk to pipeline integrity.dsc_0891
Prince Rupert Gas Transmission, British Columbia: Geotechnical advisor to prime engineering consultant and TransCanada Pipelines Limited on the design and construction of a long natural gas pipeline to deliver gas from northeast BC to a liquefied natural gas export facility near Prince Rupert, BC. Advisory role included review of geotechnical reports, input to geological hazards, including lateral spreading and liquefaction analysis, landslide assessment, horizontal directional drill issues, and foundation engineering.
Pacific Trails Pipelines, British Columbia: Geotechnical advisor to pipeline design consultants on the design and construction of a long natural gas pipeline to deliver gas from northeast BC to a liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat BC. Geotechnical tasks included route reconnaissance, geological hazard assessment, input to geotechnical investigations, soil-pipeline interaction studies and engineering submissions to regulatory authorities.
Coastal Gas Link, British Columbia: Geotechnical advisor to TransCanada Pipelines Limited on the design and construction of a long natural gas pipeline to deliver gas from northeast BC to a liquefied natural gas export facility at Kitimat BC. Geotechnical tasks included route reconnaissance, geological hazard assessment, input to geotechnical investigations, and engineering presentations to regulatory authorities.
Grand Rapids Oil Pipeline, Alberta: Geotechnical advisor to TransCanada Pipelines Limited on the design and construction of an oil pipeline from near Fort McMurray to Edmonton. The pipeline route traverses terrain with thick muskeg deposits, as well as glaciolacustrine and glacial till deposits. Tasks include route reconnaissance, planning and input to geotechnical investigations to support design, and review and development of soil parameters for soil-pipe interaction studies.
EcoPetrol, Colombia: Senior geotechnical engineer and member of international multi-disciplinary team examining the root causes of two pipeline ruptures in mountainous regions of Colombia. In one event, the rupture resulted in an explosion with over 30 fatalities. Services included site reconnaissance, preparation of a preliminary assessment report, development of scope of work and specifications for geotechnical investigations and instrumentation, supervision of the geotechnical program and assessment of data, and reporting.
Oleoductos de Crudos Pesados (OCP) Pipeline, Ecuador: Senior geotechnical engineer and member of multi-disciplinary team evaluating the factors and causes of a pipeline rupture. Services included site reconnaissance, review of geological information and in situ instrumentation and input to recommendations for mitigation.
Alberta Clipper Pipeline Project, Western Canada: Lead Engineer, assistant to the Engineering Design Manager with responsibility for maintaining project design schedule, project technical deliverables, effort forecasts and projections, interface with Client, regulatory teams and construction oversight team.
Voyageur Pipeline Project, Alberta: Project engineer and Project Manager for geotechnical aspects of the pipeline route. Project included many stream/river crossings, several of which required horizontal directionally drilled installations.
Strachan Pipeline Project, Alberta: Project engineer for geotechnical engineering of directional drilled crossing of North Saskatchewan River.
Terrace Pipeline Project, Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Geotechnical engineer providing input for preparation and review of crossing methodologies of several river crossings.
Lakeland Pipeline Project: Geotechnical engineer for a liquid product and dilutant line from Fort McMurray to Hardisty, Alberta. Conducted route reconnaissance and organized investigation to assess slopes and horizontal directional drill alignments under major rivers.

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