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Mark Cassidy

Professor Mark Cassidy

Offshore Foundation Systems, Centre for

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Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
The University of Western Australia (M053)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3732

UWA Oceans Institute

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UWA Oceans Institute
The University of Western Australia (M053)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3732
BE Qld, DPhil Oxf., FIEAust, FTSE
Professor Mark Cassidy is an ARC Laureate Fellow, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair in Offshore Foundations, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering and Director of UWA’s Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).

Mark’s research interests are in offshore geotechnics and engineering, predominantly in developing models for the analysis of oil and gas platforms, mobile drilling rigs, anchors and pipelines. Mark has published over 190 refereed journal and conference papers and jointly holds two international patents with Singaporean mobile jack-up builders Keppel Offshore and Marine.
Funding received
National Competitive Grants: over $24.3 million (to UWA, incl. 17 ARC);
Industry and charitable foundations: over $10.2 million.

Selection from last 5 years:

2015-20 ARC ITRH for Offshore Floating Facilities. White, Cassidy, et al. (15CIs, 6PIs, 2 Unis, Shell, Woodside, Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas): $9,499,000
2015-19 Fugro Chair for Geotechnics and PhD Scholarships. Cassidy and Randolph, $1,700,000
2015-17 ARC Discovery. Harnessing the power of oceans: anchors for floating energy devices, Gaudin, Cassidy, O’Loughlin, Hambleton, $571,800
2014-17 ARC Linkage and Daewoo. Investigation of alternative footing shapes to mitigate instabilities during installation of offshore drilling platforms, Hossain, Cassidy, Hu, Won, Park, Kim, $650,105
2013-18 ARC Laureate Fellowship. New frontiers in offshore geotechnics: Securing Australia’s energy future, Cassidy, $3,204,762
2013 Lloyd’s Register, Scotland. Suction bucket foundations for offshore wind energy installations in layered soils, Bienen and Cassidy, $95,550
2011-17 ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering. Sloan, Cassidy et al. (13CIs, 3 Uni., 4 industry), $14,400,000
2011-15 Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Research Chair on Offshore Foundations. Cassidy, $2,400,000
2011-14 ARC Discovery. Predicting the foundation performance of offshore jack-up drilling rigs in intermediate soils, Bienen and Cassidy, $330,000
2010-14 Australia-China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund. Geotechnical solutions for engineering deep water gas fields, Cassidy, et al. (5CIs/5PIs, 4 Unis), $656,347
2010-13 ARC Future Fellowship. Engineering solutions for the next generation of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, Cassidy, $893,800
2010 ExxonMobil, Validation of SEPLA for long-term mooring, Randolph, Gaudin, Cassidy, $299,000
2008-12 CSIRO Flagship Fund. Cluster on Subsea pipelines for reliable and safe development of ocean hydrocarbon resources, Cassidy et al. (14CIs, 6 Unis), $3,590,000
2008-10 InSafe Joint Industry Project. Improved guidelines for the prediction of spudcan foundations during installation and removal of jack-up units, (19 industry, incl. Shell, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, ABS, Maersk; 3 Unis: UWA, Oxford, NUS), US$864,000
* Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust)

* Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (the youngest Fellow ever to be elected at age 34) (FTSE)
Honours and awards
2015 Christensen Fellow, Visiting Professor, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford
2014 David Hislop Award, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the UK for the best paper on offshore engineering
2013 13th Zheng Guo-Xi Lecture, Zhejiang University, PR China
2012 E.H. Davis Lecturer of the Australian Geomechanics Society for “outstanding contributions to geomechanics theory and practice” (most prestigious award for geotechnical engineering within Australia).
2012 Geotechnical Research Medal, ICE in the UK – for the best paper on geotechnical engineering
2012 American Society of Civil Engineers Best Paper Award of 44th Offshore Technology Conference – world’s foremost offshore engineering conference with 89,400 delegates in 2012
2012 Research Fellowship, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Oslo, Norway (5 months)
2007 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
2006 Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science
2006 Included in list of “Australia’s Most Influential Engineers Top 100”, Engineers Australia
2006-10 Visiting Professor, University of Queensland
2006 Research Fellowship, International Centre for Geohazards, NGI, Oslo, Norway (6 months)
2003 David Hislop Award, ICE in the UK – for the best paper on offshore engineering
1995 Rhodes Scholarship (Queensland and New College, 1995)
1994 University Medal, University of Queensland
1992-94 Hawken Memorial Scholarship, Arups Engineering Award, Kenneth A. Thiess Prize, Sir Thomas McIlwraith Engineering Scholarship, Metal Building Products Manufacturers Association Prize, Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia (Tertiary Award), University of Queensland
Previous positions
2010-13 ARC Future Fellow (Level 3)
2007-10 Cluster Leader, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship Cluster on Subsea Pipelines
2000-05 Professorial Fellow (Research), Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Research Associate, COFS, UWA
1999 Intern, World Commission on Dams, Cape Town, South Africa
1998 Stipendiary Lecturer, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
1995 Engineer, Ove Arup and Partners, Brisbane
(P1) Foo, K.S., Quah, C.K., Purwana, O.A., Cassidy, M.J., Gaudin, C. (2011). Offshore foundation system with integral elements for preloading and extracting. Singapore Patent No. 157260, dated 11 November 2011. Following United States of America Patent Application No. 12/473285, dated 28 May 2009

(P2) Foo, K.S., Quah, C.K., Purwana, O.A., Keizer, L., Cassidy, M.J., Randolph, M.F. (2012). Apparatus and method for soil testing for jack-up rigs. United States of America Patent No. 8,146,418 B2, dated 3 April 2012. Following United States of America Patent No. 2010/0050764 A1, dated 4 March 2010
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