Overview of Artificial Island Design and Construction in the Arctic

by John L. Wang, Brian Watt Associates Inc, Houston, TX, USA,
David B. Peters, Brian Watt Associates Inc, Houston, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Arctic Offshore


An overview is provided of the design and construction of artificial islands in the Arctic. Since the early seventies more than 20 islands have been constructed in the Alaskan and Canadian Beaufort Seas. Many improvements in the criteria development, design methodologies, and construction methods have been made in the past decade. So far all islands are for exploratory well drilling. The discussions focus on the islands already built. Also, only gravel islands and islands retained by independent caissons are included. Islands consisting of integrated caissons with sand and gravel infill are not considered.

Subject Headings: Islands | Construction management | Construction methods | Offshore structures | Gravels | Caissons | Underwater structures | Underwater foundations | Arctic | Beaufort Sea

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