Arctic engineering conference honouring Ian Jordaan

May 19th, 2015

Moira Baird

Arctic engineering conference honouring Ian Jordaan

A lifetime of ice mechanics research by Dr. Ian Jordaan, professor emeritus with Memorial’s engineering faculty, will be honoured during the 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering taking place in St. John’s from May 31 to June 4.

 A leader in the field of ice mechanics and designing offshore structures to operate in ice-prone waters, Jordaan is a pioneer of the risk-based approach to offshore design and estimation of structural loads caused by ice.

 A special symposium on ice engineering will be held in his name as part of the conference proceedings. Three of his students who are researching ice mechanics are scheduled to present papers during the session, and Jordaan will present a paper on ice failure and ice loads.

 “It’s a practice in OMAE to occasionally honour people at their symposia.” said Dr. Jordaan. “I feel quite privileged and of course pleased.”

The conference is also known as OMAE 2015 (Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering). This year’s conference is co-hosted by the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, which is led by Dr. Wei Qiu in Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

 Dr. Qiu, who is also conference chair, says about 800 peer-reviewed technical papers will be presented during the conference. 

 “This international conference is a forum for researchers, engineers, managers, and graduate students from the academic and industrial communities to meet and present advances in technology and scientific research,” he said.

 A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Jordaan emigrated to Canada in 1969 and joined Memorial in 1986 as one of the university’s first research chairs. During a decade as the NSERC-Mobil Industrial Research Chair in Ocean Engineering, he investigated ways to resolve problems in ice mechanics and ice-structure interaction.

 Prior to this, he was head of research and development and vice president for Det Norske Veritas Canada, an international classification and certifying authority for ships, drill rigs and offshore platforms. He led research activities in cold-climate technology, risk analysis, offshore structures and ships in ice in their Calgary office.

 In 2006, Dr. Jordaan was appointed professor emeritus with Memorial’s engineering faculty. He was principal consultant with C-CORE between 2005 and 2012, and was also involved in the development of international standards for Arctic offshore structures issued in 2011.

 Charles Randell, president and CEO of C-CORE, describes Dr. Jordaan as a giant in his field and says he generously shared his time with junior colleagues over the years.

 “He is a gifted teacher and mentor who has guided the learning and careers of a generation of Arctic experts working across the country and around the world.”

 Dr. Jordan contributed to the design criteria for offshore structures and developments, including ice loads for the Hebron fixed platform and for the ice-strengthened hull of the White Rose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

 He says high sea states can affect radar’s ability to detect ice and those waves also accelerate the movement of the ice.

 “So, there is a potential for collision with enhanced velocity and kinetic energy. As a result, it’s quite a tricky thing to decide the point at which one should be designing for.

 “It’s not the biggest bergs, because you can usually detect them, and the very small ones don’t give a very big ice load. But it’s the in-between ones that you design for, so the hull of the FPSO has to be ice-strengthened to resist these loads.”

 FPSOs operating off Newfoundland and Labrador are also designed to quickly disconnect from subsea production equipment and move out of the path of approaching ice and icebergs.


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