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Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

  • Location United States - Texas - Houston
  • Travel required Yes - up to 10%
  • Job category Engineering Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 139338BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

At bp, we're striving to meet the growing global demand for safe, sustainable and affordable energy. A career in productions & operations is an opportunity to help shape the future of bp. As part of the team, you’ll create a more efficient business that makes the best use of all its resources as we transform our operating assets in pursuit of our net zero ambition. You’ll also help to develop hydrocarbon resources, delivering progressive projects and growing your talent in all kinds of new and exciting ways within the operational heart of bp.

Are you ready to take your career to new heights?

Join bp's Civil and Structural engineering team! The Geotechnical Engineer will focus on the geotechnical aspects of offshore oil and gas field developments and operations, including: geotechnical site characterization, foundation design and installation, in-service foundation assessment and risk characterization, all in support of bp’s resilient hydrocarbon projects and operations. This role will support bp’s growing agenda in renewable energy, including offshore wind, CCUS, and hydrogen projects development activities.

In this role, you will be the domain expert who will support the development of oil & gas and low carbon offshore projects to help bp achieve its net zero ambition. As a leader, you will share knowledge and key findings to the geotechnical engineering community and mentor/coach team members.

You will be accountable for:

  • Provide and advise on these aspects of offshore foundations:
    • Scoping and management of geotechnical site investigations.
    • Development of integrated ground models using geophysical and geotechnical site investigation data
    • Identify of geohazard and geotechnical risks such as boulders, rocks, seismic considerations, liquefiable soils, slope stability, mud volcanoes, or other challenging ground conditions
    • Choice of offshore wind foundation concept: monopiles, jacket foundations (driven piles, vibratory piles, bucket foundations), Gravity Base Structures, or other innovative concepts, with due consideration of technical feasibility, ease of construction, transportation to site, installation challenges, risks, and life-of-field cost
    • Design and analysis of offshore foundations including driven piles, jetted piles, suction anchors, shallow foundations, jack-up spudcan performance
    • Soil-structure interaction for input into pipeline and riser design
    • Compliance with bp and industry practices and standards
  • Support conceptual development studies and site selection activities
  • Provide guidance to technology development initiatives
  • Ensure safe and cost-efficient design and integrity management throughout asset life
  • Quantifying and communicating risks to projects
  • Maintaining relationships with third party suppliers, contractors, and other partners

About you
You will have a degree in civil/geotechnical engineering with professional accreditation (Chartered or P.E. status). Experience matters. Significant experience in design, construction and installation of foundations for offshore structures is vital.

The successful candidate will have strong communication skills (both verbally & written). We are looking for someone who can work in multi-disciplinary teams with minimal technical supervision and can use technical skills to think strategically and to provide powerful insights.

It's important that you have deep expertise, experience and knowledge of:
  • Soil sampling and in-situ testing tools for clays and sands
  • Laboratory tests and how they are used in design methods and constitutive models
  • Integration of geophysical and geotechnical data to develop ground models
  • Designing driven piles for axial and lateral loads for ALS, ULS, and FLS limit states and experience in pile driving analyses
  • Floating systems anchors design such as suction anchors, driven piles, and other types of anchors
  • Subsea foundations design such as mudmats, jetted piles, hybrid foundations, and suction piles
  • Soils structure interaction for modeling steel catenary riser touch-down area and top-tensioned riser fatigue analyses
  • Soil-structure interaction for the design of pipelines and flowlines for on-bottom stability, walking, and buckling
  • Well drilling support activities: spudcan penetration analyses, design of jetted conductors
  • Use of numerical methods and finite element analyses
  • Earthquake engineering (e.g., site response analysis, liquefaction)
  • Industry codes and standards

It's desirable to have
  • Awareness of structural aspects of foundation design
  • Experience in design of rock socketed piles and GBS foundations
  • Experience with machine learning techniques to develop synthetic ground models (e.g. CPT profiles)
  • Experience with software such as OPILE, GRLWEAP
  • Experience in onshore and near shore oil & gas industry with activities for plants, ports and terminals

Why join us?
At bp, we support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and ambitious environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are meaningful, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options (60/40), a generous paid parental leave policy, and excellent retirement benefits, among others!

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