1st International Workshop on Geotechnical Engineering in Permafrost Regions Related to Pipeline Construction

October 1-4, 2006
International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska

For energy security, steady supplies of natural gas through reliable transmission pipelines are vital to both exporting and importing countries around the world. The Arctic regions, including portions of Alaska, Siberia, and Canada, hold tremendous natural gas reserves. Construction of gas pipelines through these regions is a logical step to alleviate the supply-and-demand issue. The geotechnical engineering design of such a large scale project is particularly challenging. As yet, it remains uncertain how engineers can design a gas pipeline, maintaining the integrity of the pipeline structure while minimizing the impact on the delicate Arctic environment. Through this workshop, we intend to have an exchange of expertise among Japanese, Russian, and American engineers and scientists, and to share information in this field for future collaborations. The first workshop is planned to be held in Alaska where a successful oil pipeline in permafrost was constructed in the 1970s and a future gas pipeline is in the planning stage.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn the issues involved in chilled gas pipeline design and construction in permafrost, to exchange new ideas, and to share technical experiences.

Organized by

International Arctic Research Center, UAF
Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF
Hokkaido University

Organizing Committee Members

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Larry Hinzman * Scott L. Huang * Yuri Shur

Hokkaido University
Satoshi Akagawa * Masami Fukuda

Tyumen Oil and Gas University
Anatoli Brouchkov * Vladimir Melnikov


Scott L. Huang, Professor graphic
College of Engineering and Mines
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 755800 Fairbanks, Alaska
99775-5800, USA
Phone: 907-474-6880
Fax: 970-474-6635

Satoshi Akagawa, Professor
Graduate School of Engineering
Hokkaido University
Kita 13 Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo
060-8628, Japan
Phone: 81-11-706-7246
Fax: 81-11-706-7249


October 1 Pre-workshop Excursion - Alyeska pump station, Delta Junction


October 2 in Room 401 at IARC
[Download all presentations from October 2 - zip archive - 154.9MB]
      8:00 - 9:00 Registration
      9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Speech by Chancellor Jones
[Download all welcome speech presentations - zip archive - 6.3MB]
      9:10 - 9:30 Opening Speech by The Honorable Senator Murkowski
      9:30 - 9:50 Opening Speech by The Honorable Secretary Bodman, U.S. Department of Energy or his designee
      9:50 - 10:50 Keynote Speech “The Alaska Gas Pipeline—Research and Planning”
[Download all keynote speech presentations - zip archive - 14.2MB]
      10:50 - 11:10 Coffee/refreshment
      11:10 - 12:10 Keynote Speech ”Experience of Gas Pipeline in West Siberia”
      12:10 - 13:00 Lunch in Room 501 IARC
      13:00 - 14:00 IARC Tour
      14:00 - 15:40 Technical presentations on ground ice prediction
[Download Part 1 presentations - zip archive - 134.4MB]
      15:40 -16:00 Coffee/refreshment
      16:00 - 16:30 Discussion
      18:30 Dinner

October 3 in Room 401 at IARC
[Download all presentations from October 3 - zip archive 251.3MB]
      9:00 - 10:40 Technical presentations on bending moment at permafrost boundary
[Download Part 2 presentations - zip archive - 118.1MB]
      10:40 - 11:00 Coffee/refreshment
      11:00 – 11:30 Discussion
      11:30 - 12:30 Lunch in Room 501 IARC
      12:30 - 14:10 Technical presentations on bending moment reduction technology
[Download Part 2 presentations - zip archive - 23.5MB]
      14:10 - 14:30 Coffee/refreshment
      14:30 – 15:00 Discussion
      15:00 - 16:40 Technical presentations on permafrost and surrounding environment detection technology
[Download Part 4 presentations - zip archive - 109.7MB]
      16:40 - 17:10 Discussion
      17:10 - 17:30 Summaries

October 4th
Post Workshop Excursion - CRREL Permafrost Tunnel, gas pipeline test site, and others