Geotechnical Collaboration with Universities

Geotechnical Engineer

Subsea 7
Phone (NO): + 47 95992412

Subsea 7 Geotechnical University Collaboration


The Subsea 7 geotechnical team has a long history of collaboration with universities. We have a goal to collaborate with universities on Master Thesis, student internships and guest lectures. Since we are located in Stavanger, our key focus is on NTNU and DTU for geotechnical students. I work as part time geotechnical lecturer at 2. semester at UiS and have been there since 2012.

Tsinghua University

In 2016 I was invited as keynote lecture at the International Symposium on Limit Analysis at Tsinghua University in China. There were many interesting presentations. One of the more interesting was by Kristian Krabbenhoft from OptumCE on strength reduction - Finite element limit analysis. Here Kristian documented that for slope stability you will not always now if the solution is an upper or lower bound when using limit equilibrium. The students of Tsinghua University also presented extremely interesting projects.


NTNU is the leading university in Norway regarding geotechnical engineering. We have collaborated with the the geotechnical department at NTNU on a few master thesis. Previous subjects have been Geotechnical design of GRP covers and settlement assessment with use of the soft soil model. We are always looking for students who want to collaborate on offshore geotechnical problems from Subsea 7.

Sheffield University

The Geotechnical team in Stavanger is currently in a process to initiate a collaboration with Sheffield University. They have a history of Limit Analysis. Sheffield University have participated in the creation of the software LimitState:GEO which is great for fast geotechnical analysis of the capacity at failure.


In 2014 Subsea 7 visited DTU at the DSE student fair. We had great interest from students and we were able to make connections to the geotechnical department at DTU. I had the honour to give a guest lecture on the geotechnical aspects of pipeline installation at DTU BYG. Subsea 7 want to provide problems for Master Thesis on geotechnical subjects in collaboration with DTU. Send me an e-mail for futher details.

My time as a Student: Aalborg University

At Aalborg University, the civil engineering programme comprises of a package of advanced courses, additional higher courses and a M.Sc. thesis project. The university is characterized by having an inter-disciplinary, problem-oriented approaches to both research and education. Some projects from my years at university can be viewed below.
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Master Thesis

The M.Sc. thesis presents risk-based explosion load assessments. The report contains a generic approach to determine the explosion load on an offshore module.The model uses responce to assess the cloud size and explosion load. The thesis was completed in cooperation with Ramboll Oil and Gas and professors at Aalborg and Esbjerg University.

9. sem, Griffith University

Design of Pile Foundations
Risk Analysis and Management
Coastal Structures
Advances Steel Structures

This semester, I studied abroad at Griffith University in Australia. Here, I took four courses and finished them all with distinction. The link shows some assignments I did in the four courses.

8. sem

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The project theme was offshore wind turbine foundations. We conducted several triaxial tests with both clay and sand to find high quality soil parameters. Several analytical approaches were used to design the foundations and PLAXIS, a FEM Program, was used to verify the findings.
Further, the wave load was determined using higher order wave theories and laboratory tests.

7. sem

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The project set out to assess the elastic displacement of an aluminium plate both analytically, with FEM and through lab testing. The project team designed a FEA program in Matlab with elements consisting of constant and linear strain triangles.

6. sem

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In this project we planned and designed a seven stories building in concrete. The subsoil profile was a slope of soft clay and therefore a combination of pile, sand pillow and direct foundations were designed. Further, prestressed concrete beams were designed and the fire resistance of the building assessed.