The Arctic Technology Department has long standing experiences in the cold regions technology on ice related problems. Expertise exists in several areas including physical and numerical ice modeling behavior of icebreaking ships and offshore structures in ice and mechanical properties of sea ice. This expertise provides a solid basis for understanding and addressing ice engineering problems.
The Arctic Technology department consists of the head of department, one secretary, about 8 project engineers that all carry at least a master’s degree in naval or civil engineering, 2 electrical engineers that serve for measurement technic, one ice tank leader and four technicians operating the ice tank. Of course the arctic technology department is supported and works closely together with all the other departments of HSVA.
One strength of the arctic technology team is that parts of the team have worked for HSVA in the field of arctic technology for decades. Those team members are happy to pass on their knowledge to the younger and highly motivated engineers and technicians. Also most retired employees are happy to help out when needed. This way the HSVA arctic technology team managed to operate successfully for decades with almost no loss of knowledge on the way.
The staff have been involved in various full scale sea trials and several field studies of ice forces on offshore structures (Antarctica, Eidersperrwerk / Germany, Baltic Sea , Adams Islands (Beaufort Sea) / Canada, Labrador / Canada, Spitzbergen, Bohai Bay / China, Laptev Sea / Russia, Yamal Peninsula / Russia, Norströmsgrund / Sweden). Also they are members in several arctic committees like ITTC, IAHR, POAC and ISO.
The ice tanks and laboratory facilities include a comprehensive ice modeling facility which has been used to study ice related problems. The staff has developed international recognition for their work. This combination of expertise in ice properties, field studies, laboratory studies and numerical models provides a wide ranging experience for addressing ice problems.