CV, Experienced British Geotechnical Engineer targets the Middle East

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Serial No: 19356

Skills keywords: geotechnical engineering
Short Bio:

I am after a potential opportunity for an onshore / offshore geotechnical engineer within a client organisation in the Middle East. Please find below a summary of my profile.
 An established chartered geotechnical engineer with over 14 years’ experience in onshore and offshore Geotechnical Engineering and Research. Experience gained working with renowned organizations including academia, consultants, EPCM and Client organization (BP).

Current location: England, United Kingdom - View on map
Nationality: British
Preferred Sector of Employment:  Oil, Gas and Energy
Spoken languages: english, german, Hindi, punjabi, Urdu
Location I am interested in working: Middle East
List the countires you have a visa to work in: Pakistan, United Kingdom

Academic Profile:

1999-2001 MS Environmental Engineering, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany (Pronounced ‘The Best Student’)

1993-1998 B.Sc. (Hons.) Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan (Pronounced ‘The Second Best Student’)

1990-1992 F.Sc. Pre-Engineering (A-Level), Government College, Lahore, Pakistan (78%)

1990 Matriculation (O-Level), Divisional Public School (DPS), Lahore, Pakistan (88%)

Professional Experience:

August 2012 – date Lead Geotechnical Engineer, BP, UK

BP is Client organization and one of the world’s leading international oil and gas companies.

Working within the Upstream Engineering Centre (UEC), I provide geotechnical assurance to BP Major Projects (in particular Shah Deniz Phase 2 project for both onshore and offshore geotechnical engineering) and lead the projects at various stages from concept to execute. In particular my role in UEC involves:

• Preparation of BP technical practices and active engagement in industry and BP geotechnical community of practice to maintain discipline health;

• Geotechnical support to the project and endorsement of site selection, site preparation works and foundation option selection;

• Review and approval of Designer’s detailed design of foundations (both onshore and offshore) and other geotechnical elements including earthworks;

• Provision of assurance in advanced areas including seismic design (reviewing findings of PSHA are translated correctly into detailed design by the Designer and in accordance with performance requirements of different structures), tank foundation design (API 650 / 620 & Eurocodes) including Dynamic Soil Structure Interaction (DSSI) and earthwork and foundation design in challenging soils including very soft and collapsing ground;

• Assisting projects to capture bigger geotechnical risks, identifying mitigation measures to eliminate or reduce these risks to tolerable level and progress the project through various stage gate reviews.

• Managing work of third party consultants including finance management (agreeing scope of work, setting up contracts, approval of invoices and management of CTRs). Review and approval of their deliverables (e.g. desk study reports, geotechnical investigations and detailed design reports etc.);

• Provision of site support by carrying out site visits to resolve geotechnical (and civil) issues, review and approval of contractor’s Method Statements & ITP’s, providing assurance that the site works comply with specifications and QA/QC requirements and setting up a culture of HSSE on site;

• Review of geotechnical site investigations work scope and scheduling laboratory testing;

• Technical review of design and drivability assessment of SD2 offshore jacket piles and foundation design of subsea structures in challenging soft subsea soils.

Notable Projects:

• Shah Deniz Phase 2 (one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields), Azerbaijan;

• Sullom Voe Gas Sweetening (SVGS) and East of Shetland Pipeline (ESP) projects, Shetland, UK;

• ACG Produced Water Management Project, Azerbaijan;

• Misc. Projects (KAFZA I & II, Iraq; Kinneil Chilldown Project, UK)

August 2007 – August 2012 Senior Offshore Geotechnical Engineer, Technip, UK

Technip is one of the major players in full-service engineering and construction services in oil and gas industry. My role in Technip as geotechnical engineer involved:

• Design of offshore foundations including gravity bases, driven and suction piles for various offshore applications (pipeline initiation, mooring anchors, manifolds, riser bases & restraint systems, protection structures, platforms etc.) using API/DNV codes;

• Advanced foundation design of subsea structures under cyclic, seismic and sustained loads;

• Design of drag embedment anchors;

• Interpretation of offshore geotechnical data and assessment of basic and advanced geotechnical parameters exercising appropriate degree of engineering due diligence;

• Design reviews (both in-house and third party designs) of geotechnical elements of various subsea structures;

• Design of temporary supports on softer seabeds e.g. rock berms for temporary subsea operations;

• Pipeline-soil interaction analysis and recommendations of geotechnical parameters for upheaval buckling (UHB) design of rigid subsea pipelines;

• Trenching risks and engineering analyses of the rigid and flexible pipelines using ploughs and jetting tools including rigid pipelines stress analysis during trenching, consolidation of trenching tools performance data for future tenders;

• Research and Development of various offshore geotechnical elements including preparing technical procedures for UHB design of buried rigid pipelines, design optimization of subsea foundation solutions (driven/suction piles, initiation anchors and gravity bases including skirt design optimization), statistical assessment of in-field performance of the company trenching tools etc.

Notable Projects:

Carried out design and design reviews of gravity bases, driven piles, suction caissons and anchorages for various subsea structures on the projects in North Sea, Offshore West Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Offshore Canada and Australasia. A sample of few projects is presented below:

• Block 31, Angola (Foundation design of In-line Tee and Flowline Termination Assemblies using VHMT);

• Nordstream Hyperbaric Tie-in, Russia-Germany (Detailed geotechnical design of gravel berms to support the heavy equipments and pipeline weight on soft soil during tie-in of 2 No. 48” Gas Export Pipelines each 1200 km long at two locations in Swedish and Finnish waters);

• Goliat Field, Norway (Detailed geotechnical design of the hybrid ‘gravity-suction’ vertical and horizontal riser anchors including seismic considerations; trenching risk assessment of various production, water injection, gas lift pipelines and umbilicals);

• Brass LNG, Nigeria (Trenching/dredging risk assessment, infilling assessment and appraisal of geotechnical considerations for pulling strategy of LNG/LPG bundle);

• Kairan Kashagan, Kazakhstan (Trenching/dredging risk assessment and tools selection for pipeline in very shallow water and half yearly ice covered field development);

• Entrada, Gulf of Mexico (Detailed geotechnical design of initiation suction pile);

• North Amethyst, Newfoundland (Driveability and fatigue assessment of glory hole structure piles);

• Tupi Field Development, Brazil (Mattresses embedment assessment at pipeline crossings);

• Cascade B, Gulf of Mexico (Pipe-soil interaction study).

December 2005 – August 2007 Geotechnical Engineer, ARUP, UK

Arup are multi-discipline global consultants working in more than 30 countries around the world. My role in Arup as geotechnical engineer involved:

• Detailed design and analyses of geotechnical works related to highways (earthworks and structures including shallow and deep foundations, retaining structures, soil reinforcements etc.) and preparation of construction drawings, geotechnical interpretative reports and specifications;

• Detailed design of construction of embankments over soft ground (band drains, piled embankments, instrumentation etc.);

• Preparation of geotechnical tender design reports and risk registers;

• Preparation of ground investigation tender documents for buildings and infrastructure projects.

Notable Projects:

• N6 – Galway to East Ballinasloe motorway scheme, Ireland (preparation of tender design report, earthwork drawings and geotechnical risk register);

• N25 – Waterford Bypass Scheme, Ireland (detailed design of geotechnical components of the scheme including design of embankments over soft ground areas).

June 2004 – November 2005 Geotechnical Engineer, Scott Wilson, UK

Scott Wilson is an international consultancy operating in 80 countries around the world. My role in Scott Wilson as geotechnical engineer involved:

• Category reviews of the designs produced in Scott Wilson geotechnics central team;

• Slope stability analysis (SLOPE/W), settlement calculations and design of foundations and retaining walls (WALLAP);

• Detailed design of analytically challenging projects including georeinforced piled embankments (strain compatibility analysis at pile-geotextile interface), soil nails, soil anchors and stabilizing piles;

• Preparation of specifications, risk registers and construction drawings.

Notable Projects:

• A80 Auchenkilns Junction Improvement, Scotland, UK (Detailed design of piled embankment);

• A30 and A46 highways schemes, England, UK (Detailed design of bridge foundations and slope stability analysis on these highway schemes);

• Crewe-Salop North, UK (Design of soil nails for stabilization of existing critical railway embankment).

Oct. 2003 – June2004 Geotechnical Engineer, Mouchel Parkman, UK

Mouchel Parkman is a professional support services group. My role in Mouchel Parkman involved the following:

• Design of ground Investigations (GI), preparation of GI contract documents and preliminary geotechnical design of structures on British strategic highways;

• Interpretation and management of ground investigation data in electronic format using gINT;

• Preparation of desk studies and geotechnical interpretative reports;

• Liaison with client and statutory bodies for risk analysis and environmental impact assessment of different development schemes in North West England.

Notable Projects:

• A1/N1 Newry-Dundalk cross border link road project, Ireland (Geotechnical interpretation and Environmental Impact Assessment);

• Kings Dock Infrastructure Project, Liverpool, UK (Geotechnical assessment and preparation of GI);

• Edge Lane, Liverpool, UK (Geotechnical assessment and preparation of GI).

April 2002 – Oct. 2003 Research Scientist, Technical University, Braunschweig; (Germany) & University of Florence (Italy)

• Quantitative risk and reliability assessment in geotechnical engineering in general and pile foundations in particular using modern probabilistic tools including Monte Carlo Simulation;

• Numerical modeling of piled-raft foundations taking into account soil-structure interaction;

• Application of geostatistics to account for spatial variability of soil parameters in soil-structure interaction problems.

Notable Projects:

• Research work was carried out under the framework of European Research Project “Risk Management of natural and anthropogenic hazards on the Built Environment” between Technical University Braunschweig, Germany and University of Florence, Italy;

• New Florence Court Building, Florence, Italy (Reliability assessment using data from this 1600 CFA pile foundations project in Florence).

Feb. 1999 – Sep. 1999 Assistant Engineer (Structures)

National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPak), Pakistan

• Construction supervision of structures (road bridges, super passages, inlet/fall structures and road diversions) on a 52km long concrete lined mega channel as part of Ghazi Barotha Hydel-Power Project, Attock, Pakistan;

• Supervision of demolition activities of existing structures falling on the alignment of the channel.

Awards Received:

• The ‘Best Student’ in MS coursework at Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH), Germany.

• The ‘Second Best Student’ in B.Sc. at University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan.

• Financial award of 1,500 DM from TUHH and continuous various scholarships for 8 years in Pakistan.

• The Best Surveyor at the 15 days survey Camp held at Abbotabad, Pakistan.

Computer Skills:

• ANSYS, PLAXIS, SAGE PROFILE (Finite Element Tools);

• SLOPE/W, WALLAP, Oasys Geo (Oasys Slope, FREW, Stawal, ALP etc.), gINT, GRLWEAP, AGSPANC, CAISSON [Geotechnical Packages];

• ArcView (GIS), The Grid Analysis and Display Systems (GrADS), AutoCAD, Surfer (Drawing and Graphical/Mapping tools);

• @RISK, Geostat (Risk assessment and geostatistics);

• Fortran (Programming Language);

• Processing Modflow (Groundwater Modeling);

• MS Office (Words, Excel, Power Point etc.), WindowsXP/Windows NT, UNIX.

Health & Safety Training:

• CSCS (Health and Safety, Manager Test);

• Personal Track Safety (PTS) Training to work on Network Rail tracks (2004-2006);

• General Awareness on New CDM regulations;

• Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment and management in technical designs.


• “The bearing capacity of a skirted two-foundation system”, 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2010, June 2010, Shanghai, China;

• “Reliability of different methods in estimation of bearing capacity and stiffness of single piles”, British Geotechnical Association International Conference on Foundations, Dundee, Scotland, UK (2003);

• “Wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture and aquaculture in Faisalabad and Haroonabad, Pakistan”, Master’s research thesis at TU-Hamburg, Germany (2001);

• “On the application of space structures”, Bachelor’s research thesis at UET, Lahore, Pakistan (1998).

Professional Registrations & Memberships:

• Chartered Engineer – Engineering Council UK

• Chartered Marine Engineer – Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)

• Member, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)

• Lifetime member Pakistan Engineering Council


English, German (Intermediate)

Urdu & Hindi Punjabi