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OSIG 2012 Conference – Conference Overview


Integrated Geotechnologies – Present and Future

12–14 September 2012  ●  Royal Geographical Society, London

Conference Overview

The Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics (OSIG) Group of the SUT is pleased to announce its 7th International Conference, 'Integrated Geotechnologies – Present and Future'. This conference will continue the aims of this established series, started in 1979, of disseminating and communicating the latest developments in all aspects of marine geotechnology.

The needs of the offshore industry have changed substantially since the first conference in 1979. While foundation developments continue to be important, there is now greater emphasis on integrating marine geology, geophysics and geotechnics. New challenges are being presented in geohazard assessments and geotechnical aspects of renewable energy, deepwater developments, floating production, pipelines, subsea tie backs and new environmental conditions. Papers are therefore invited on advances and new findings relating to the following themes:


  • Slopes, diapirs and slides
  • Hydrates and shallow gas
  • Seismic hazards and tsunamis

Advances in techniques

  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnics
  • Scientific drilling
  • Risk reduction
  • Well engineering
  • Deep sea mining

Foundation research, design, construction and monitoring

  • Piles
  • Suction anchors
  • Gravity foundations
  • Cyclic loading of foundations
  • Spud can foundations
Pipeline and cable geotechnics
  • Trenched and backfilled pipelines
  • Stability of surface laid pipelines
  • Engineering and installation of cables

Environmental aspects

  • Assessing and minimising environmental impact
  • Working in polar environments
  • Climate change prediction and effects


Exciting developments for this conference include hosting the inaugural Bramlette McClelland lecture, organised by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) in commemoration of one of the pioneers of offshore geotechnical engineering. The conference will also be holding combined sessions featuring papers from special offshore issues of Géotechnique and Near Surface Geophysics, both leading journals in their respective specialist fields.