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Geo-Institute January Technical Session

January 30, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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One Westchase Ground Floor Conference Room
10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77042


Join your peers for the next G-I Houston Chapter Luncheon Technical Session:


Pipelines are inextricably exposed to geohazards given that they are long linear facilities that encounter variable terrain and geologic conditions, including watercourses. As such, reconnaissance, feasibility, and engineering design studies for new or existing pipelines need to include analyses that identify, characterize, and mitigate the potential long-term effects of geohazards on pipeline integrity. Also, there is a growing recognition that potential short-term effects of geohazards during construction, need to be addressed. Developing a pipeline project without considering geohazards early in the project cycle and mitigating them, as appropriate, is likely to lead to greater construction costs, contractor claims, schedule delays, and ultimately higher operational costs.

Under the auspices of the Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. (PRCI), a guidance document has been prepared to efficiently incorporate geohazard management guidance into a single volume addressing: i) the types of geohazards affecting pipelines, ii) the typical process used in practice to identify and characterize the geohazards throughout the various project stages, iii) the techniques used to mitigate the geohazards, and iv) the approaches and methods recommended to project teams of owners, operators, engineers, and contractors to successfully mitigate project risks. The guidance document is intended for a wide audience that includes technical and nontechnical managers at pipeline owning and operating companies, geoscience and engineering teams involved in studies and assessments of pipeline integrity hazards, and construction staff, regulators, lenders, and other stakeholders involved in executing pipeline projects. The presenters will review the PRCI guidance document and provide examples for its implementation.

Speakers: Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE. and Alexander McKenzie-Johnson, P.G., L.G., L.E.G.

Where: One Westchase Ground Floor Conference Room, 10777 Westheimer Rd., Suite 110, Houston, TX, 77042

When: Thursday, January 30th, 2020, 11:30 AM to 1 PM

Online Tickets*: Member: $25; Government Employee: $20; Student: $15; Non-Member: $30

Walk-in Tickets **: Member: $30; Non-Member: $35

**CC not accepted. Checks preferred; Address checks to "ASCE Houston".

* We accept RSVPs on the website (not via e-mail). There will be a no-show penalty fee of $25 if RSVP was made.

Speaker Bio: Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE. is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 20 years of experience focused on geohazard management, geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement solutions, and foundation analyses for large industrial facilities and civil construction. His practice focuses on onshore and offshore projects for the upstream and midstream oil and gas and petrochemical industry. This requires the implementation of his combined knowledge and experience on soil and rock mechanics for geotechnical characterization and analyses, geotechnical earthquake engineering, engineering applications of geomorphology, and hazard, vulnerability, and risk mitigation. Rodolfo was honored with the 2013 Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 journal and conference publications some of which have found their way into standard practice.

Alexander McKenzie-Johnson, P.G., L.G., L.E.G. is a Principal Engineering Geologist with more than 18 years of experience focused on assessing and managing geohazards for oil and gas clients. Prior to joining Geosyntec, Alex was the geohazard lead for Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline system totaling approximately 65,000 miles of pipeline.  In his role at Kinder Morgan he created and managed an industry-leading integrated approach to geohazard management that combined newer technologies like LiDAR, inertial measurement unit (IMU) ILI technology, and GIS databases with traditional geotechnical and geoscience techniques. In less than four years, Kinder Morgan's entire natural gas pipeline system was evaluated for landslides using this approach, which led to the implementation of proactive mitigation measures, such as strain relief excavations and soil nail stabilization. Alex was also the team lead, contributor, or primary reviewer to several industry documents concerned with the managing geohazards, including a recent JIP paper on managing ground movement hazards and the recently released PRCI design guidelines for constructing pipelines in areas subject to geohazards.


Event Contact: P. Chris Marshall, P.E. | Chair, G-I Houston


$25.00 Member

$20.00 Government Employee

$10.00 Student

$30.00 Non-Member


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