1834 Eagle Falls, Houston, TX 77077
Ph: 281-920-4578 (h); 713-850-3400 (o)
E-mail: Alexander.Aynbinder@yahoo.com; AlexA@gie.com
Over 30 years of engineering experience in the design and construction of oil and gas pipeline and related facilities. Major discipline is complicated stress analyses. Development of stress analyses software and design criteria for onshore and offshore pipelines. Experience includes the front-end and detail design of onshore transmission pipelines, offshore pipelines and risers, pipeline crossings, compressor and pump station piping, and mechanisms of pipeline failures. Specific project assignments have included site visits, fields data gathering, design and design supervision, structural and mechanical design, specification preparation, bid evaluations, and field construction technical supervision.
- Kizomba (Angola) FPSO (ExxonMobil) – Stress, flexibility and support analysis of piping system with fatigue consideration using CAESAR II computer program. The loads combination also include the sagging and structural deflection, and acceleration due to loading/unloading, wave motion, pitch, roll, and heave.
- Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Project (BP, ExxonMobil and Phillip66) - Responsible for development of Pipeline Structural Design Criteria for 52 inches high-pressure (2500 psig) pipeline that encounters thermal states ranging from continuous permafrost in the north, to discontinuous permafrost in the centre, and thawed muskeg type soils in southern regions. In addition to the requirements of US Code and Canadian Standard, the Criteria are included allowable compressive and tensile strains for more critical combination of loads, including frost heave or thaw settlement, and criteria for local and longitudinal stability.
- Caspian Pipeline Tengiz - Novorossiysk (CPC) – Team member in development of Feasibility Study of Investment and Construction (TEOI & TEOC). Developed the design criteria for the pipeline, marine crossing, road and railroad crossings, pump stations, tank farms, and metering station. Responsibilities included Pipe Spec development, technical inspection of pipe mills, review of the construction specifications for compliance with the Russian Codes and Standards, and stress analyses of the entire pipeline and facilities. Assignment to Russia for supervision of the detailed design performed by Russian Design Company, and engineering assistance during the construction of 40/42" diameter 750-km long oil pipeline to the Black Sea.
- Offshore Pipelines Research and Development Project (Flour Daniel Inc.)
- On-bottom stability (buoyancy control) of pipeline elastic sidebends. Developed the new calculation method for concrete thickness/weight of elastic sidebends sections of offshore pipeline. This method used the existing codes, and takes into consideration the friction force between the elastic sidebends and soil. Using the new method improved the stability and reliability of an offshore pipeline. (Offshore 7, 1998)
- Wall thickness of high pressure (up to 5500 psig) and high temperature (HP/HT) pipeline. Developed a precise numerical method to be used in determination of stresses and strains on HP/HT offshore pipeline. This method allows adjustments for the nonlinear property of pipe material. It also properly handles essential radial and hoop stresses using specific stress distributions across the pipe wall. An iterative computer program was developed. The beneficial effect of this new method is up to 15% reduction in piping material cost. (O&GJ 06-22-98)
- Effect of concrete coating on pipe collapse pressure. Developed a new numerical method for determining the stiffness of composite steel-concrete wall, as well as for calculation of stresses and pipe ovality resulting from external pressure. This solution builds on the classical theory of material strength, principles and methodology of existing codes, and adjusts for the nonlinear property of concrete. This new method allows a substantial increase in the allowable water depth or a significant reduction in the steel thickness to withstand external pressure. (O&GJ 10-27-97)
- Sakhalin II Project (Marathon) – Responsible for design compliance with International and Russian Codes. Line pipe grade selection study for onshore and offshore pipelines to minimise the cost. Developed Line Pipe Specs for DSAW, ERW pipes in grade X70 for Arctic region, and seamless pipes in grade X42 through X65 for offshore pipelines. Team member in the conceptual design and development of pipelines construction plan.
- Villano Pipeline, Ecuador (ARCO) – Temporary Project Engineering field assignment in Quito, assisting the pipeline design in Ecuadorian rain forest.
- Sakhalin I Project (Exxon) – Assisting in the engineering evaluation of the offshore and onshore oil export options. Work included a risk assessment of an existing oil pipeline.
- Corvina Offshore Project, Peru (PetroPeru) – Offshore pipeline and riser analyses including determination of pipe deflections, reaction forces on riser clamps, and pipeline operating stresses with consideration for environmental loads such as wave and current. Oversight and verification of engineering that included determination of pipe collapse and propagation buckling pressures, and riser spans based on vortex-excited oscillation criteria.
- Early Oil Transportation Project, Western Route, Azerbaijan (AIOC) - Consulting services related to technical requirements of Russian and API Standards for Petroleum Quantity/Quality Customer Measurement Systems.
- North Gubkinskiy Pipeline Project, Russia (Benton Oil & Gas) – A field construction engineer and a supervising design engineer for the design and construction of the North Gubkinsiy-Purpe pipeline System. Hydraulic calculations and development of the pressure and temperature profiles for a crude oil pipeline in a seasonally frozen soil condition. Task included the detail design, material selection and specifications, and bid evaluations. The 10-inch buried pipeline system was subjected to thaw settlement and frost heave. Additional responsibility included Field Construction Management activities for the Project in Western Siberia during the winter of 1992-93.
- Seaway Conversion, Stage I, Freeport (ARCO Pipe Line Co.) – Responsible for review and recommendations concerning conversion of existing facilities, including oversight of the analysis of the existing piping and tanker loading dock. Also responsible for the design of new loading arm system.
- Red River and Brisco Canal Pipeline Crossing, Texas (Houston Pipe Line Co.) - Analysis of 30-inch carrier pipeline and a 22-inch carrier pipe in a 26-inch casing pipe, including considerations for operating loads, wind, and current loads on the submerged and exposed parts of the pipeline.
- Kogalym Refinery, Russia (Lukoil Co.) - Stress analyses of framed structures and different types of pipe branch connections. Specification for piping operated up to 1400 psig pressure and temperatures from minus 50 to 700 oF. Pipeline stress analyses using CAESAR II package. Fatigue analysis of piping subjected to cyclic loading.
- Yamal-Center Pipeline Project, (Gasprom Co.) – Team member in the conceptual design of the Russian 56-inch gas pipeline system to be constructed in continuous and discontinuous permafrost, at operating temperatures above and below freezing. Development of the technical requirements and specification for API 5L X80 pipe for Arctic conditions.
- PGT-PG&E Pipeline Expansion Project, Idaho and California – Project pipeline design and field engineer, with specialization in the mainline valve crossovers during operating and shutdown condition, for 845 miles of 42-inch and 36-inch pipelines. Responsibility as a field engineer included field data gathering and investigations assisting in pipeline routing and system planning. Other lead project engineering responsibilities included the designs of various pipeline crossings (including rivers, canals and levees) in the Sacramento Delta.
- Former USSR Pipelines - As lead technical expert provided technical and scientific assistance in the design and construction of the USSR's largest oil and gas pipelines as well as in the investigation of pipeline failure. Developed the stress analyses section in the Russian Pipeline Code, and Recommended Practices for design of transmission oil and gas pipelines. Developed the design criteria for pipelines, including some buried in permafrost and unstable ground, as Urengoy-Petrovsk, Urengoy-Novopskovsk, Upengoy-Center, Yamburg - West Europe, North of Tyumen Region, Central Asia-Ural.
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Central Research Institute of Civil Structures (CNIISK), Russia - 1971
MS., Industrial and Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering University (MICI), Moscow, - 1965
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2003 – Present Gulf Interstate Engineering, Houston
1997 – 2002 Fluor Daniel Inc., Houston
1995 – 1997 Gulf Interstate Engineering, Houston
1994 – 1995 Ventech Engineers, Pasadena, TX
1990 – 1994 Gulf Interstate Engineering, Houston
1965 – 1990 Research Institute of Pipeline Construction (VNIIST), Moscow