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2017 Luncheon Schedule
Our monthly luncheon meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Westin in Calgary.

Upcoming dates:

~ April 19

~ May 17


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2017 John W  Davies Memorial Award Open

The competition is open to any full time graduate student (at a recognized university in Canada or the US State of Alaska) whose research will assist in providing solutions to the problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments. 2017 award details and application instructions are now available.

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>> Archives >> on previous John W Davies Award Winners


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             SNAME Arctic Section Luncheon Meetings 

Next 2017 Luncheon:

                          Wednesday, April 19

     Location: The Westin Hotel, 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary

     Time: Registration 11:30am to noon. Luncheon at 12:00

     Speaker:  John Fitzpatrick, PEng

Presentation: Two Viable Production Platforms in 200m water depth, for NE Greenland

Abstract: The speaker will make the case that non-deformable structures (Hibernia type platforms) are not viable in water depths greater than 100m in ice environments where very large tabular ice features are present. He will demonstrate that the dissipation of ice energy by crushing against a non-deformable structure results in an unpredictable and impractically high design ice load. He will then describe two alternative platform types that incorporate deformability into their design. Each of these concepts is estimated to cost around $3 billion dollars


About the Speaker: John Fitzpatrick has worked on the design of off-shore platforms for some 35 years. He was the principal design engineer on the SSDC/Mat and the Tarsiut Island caissons. Also, he was a member of the 1983 Hans Island research team and remembers well the evening that a small group of them huddled together and first estimated the magnitude of the ice load resulting from the Floe 10 impact.  He has been fascinated ever since by the problem of accurately translating ice energy into a ‘manageable’ design force.


About the SNAME Arctic Section Luncheon Meetings:  

We maintain our monthly luncheon schedule from September through May, meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. (Our summer break runs June to August). Presentations cover a large variety of topics, including marine, Arctic, logistics, scientific research, ice monitoring, ice management, and more. Program development is still underway for upcoming 2017 Luncheon Meetings. Please contact us if you or a colleague are interested in presenting at a luncheon meeting.

Luncheon invitations are sent by email to our contact list in advance of each event. Contact us if you wish to attend or receive information on future Arctic Section events.           

Arctic Section photos and more ...

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                >> History >>           >> In Memoriam >>           >> The SNAME Propeller >> 
2017 Luncheon Photos  
 Our first luncheon of 2017 was held on February 15. Mohamed Ahmed, PhD student, University of Calgary presented on Estimation of Marine Carbon Sinks and Sources in a Changing Arctic System by Using Geospatial Information Technology  We were pleased to welcome Mohamed Ahmed, a winner of the SNAME Arctic Section’s 2016 John W Davies Memorial Award. Mohamed presented on the research for which the award was conferred.    
2016 Luncheon Photos       
 On September 21, Dr. Rob Huebert. Senior Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary, presented on Canada's Arctic Sovereignty.  Azmy Aboulazm, Arctic Section Chair, with Dr. Rob Huebert.  Ken Croasdale, PEng, CEng, FCAE, Ice Engineering Consultant, presented An Arctic Carol: The Arctic Past, The Arctic Present, and The Arctic Yet to Come on December 21. Ken's Dickens-themed presentation was in keeping with the spirit of the season, with Christmas and the holidays around the corner. Thank you Michel Metge for introducing Ken!


 On February 17, Dr. John Yackel. Professor and Head of the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, presented on the Churchill Marine Observatory. February 17 luncheon    
 2015 Luncheon Photos      
Bruce Calderbank, FRICS, CLS, PEng, Hydrographic Survey Consultants Intl, presented on the Tarsuit Caissons and gave an interesting overview of his Arctic operations experiences. We also celebrated the Christmas and holiday season at this December 16 luncheon meeting.

Julia Kennedy-Francis of Kennedy-Francis Consulting presented: A Collaborative Approach to Business Relationship Building in the Offshore Industry at the October 21 luncheon meeting.

Tony Jang presented at the first luncheon meeting following our summer break on Wednesday, September 23 at the Westin Hotel.  Tony, the Marine Systems Manager at AOC, Inc of  Washington, DC, USA, presented: Flexible Warships in Foreign Navies: Applications for Future U.S. Navy Surface Combatants. Glenn Davis is the Speakers Chair, and is pictured here with Tony. (September 23 photos courtesy of Rebus Liu) 

 Our final luncheon meeting before our 2015 summer break was held on Wednesday, May 20 at the Westin Hotel.
Dr Hester Jiskoot (University of Lethbridge,
Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Glaciology, and Director of the Glaciology & Geoscience Laboratory) presented:  Dutch Whale of a Tale: Arctic navigation, weather and sea ice in 1710​. This was also our final luncheon with Alex Brovkin as Speakers Chair.


Tom Brown, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary started off our 2015 luncheon series with his presentation Flexural Failure of Ice: What We Have Learnt on Confederation Bridge. Tom (centre) shown here with Jim Bruce and Alex Brovkin.

On February 18, Ken Croasdale presented Engineering for Canada's Northern Oceans (a study being conducted under the auspices of the Canadian Academy of Engineering). Ken (centre) is pictured with Waleed Jazrawi and Dan Masterson (left), and Alex Brovkin, and Jakub Ciring (right). 

The April 15 luncheon featured Frank Bercha presenting Molikpaq Sakhalin EER Inspection and Analysis.  Frank (left) received the Arctic Section's thank you from Merv Edgecombe (centre, past Section Chair), and Azmy Aboulazm (right, current Section Chair).

 Merv Edgecombe, past Arctic Section Chair, received the official SNAME certificate of appreciation at the April 15 luncheon meeting. Merv is pictured here with Frank Bercha (left) and Alex Brovkin (centre, who  has served as the Arctic Section's Luncheon Meeting Coordinator for many years).

 Photos from December 1, 2014:  Dan Masterson, SNAME Fellow

 Dan Masterson was inducted as a SNAME Fellow on December 1.  Pictured here with his wife, Ginny.

Bill Maddock and Peter Noble (SNAME President) with Dan. 

In attendance were friends and colleagues from Dan's over 40-year career

The celebration at the pub

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  SNAME is the premier North American society for professionals engaged in ship design, construction and operations.
Its Arctic Section is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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