Rodolfo Sancio

Dr. Sancio is a geotechnical engineer and lead of Geosyntec Consultants’ Houston, Texas geotechnical engineering group. In 1995 he received a Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Rodolfo has been a professional engineer in Texas since 2006. He has 15 years of experience in most areas of practice such as: geotechnical site investigations and soil/rock characterization, development and execution of specialized laboratory testing programs for development of static and cyclic parameters for sands, clays, silts, and other man-made materials, foundation engineering for large industrial facilities including recommendations for the selection of shallow or deep foundation systems, site and foundation settlement evaluations, probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard assessments, static and dynamic slope stability analysis, soil response to cyclic loading, construction issues related to site preparation and development, site development feasibility studies, earthquake reconnaissance missions and post-earthquake assessment of the performance of earthen structures and foundations, large scale modeling, issues related to seabed gouging by ice and the safety of offshore pipelines in cold regions, wave induced liquefaction analysis and pipeline flotation issues, and civil construction. Over the last 10 years of his practice he has focused on onshore and offshore geotechnical engineering issues for the oil and gas and petrochemical industry including projects in Saharan and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Gulf of Guinea, the North Caspian Sea, Sakhalin Island, Russia, Canada, Peru, Trinidad, and Venezuela establishing himself as a solution driven professional recently joining the engineering teams on two multi-billion dollar capital investment projects. For six years he was the technical lead of a geotechnical laboratory where index and advanced tests were conducted for large industrial projects involving soils in the range of highly compressible clays and residual basaltic soils from West Africa. In addition to this, he installed specialized geotechnical testing laboratories in Turkey and Angola. On practical research topics for industry, he conceptualized, implemented, led, and managed a unique large scale 1g test program in 2009 to study the effects of ice gouging on the performance of buried submarine pipelines. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to establish a large scale test facility to conduct similar tests. Rodolfo also conducted a seminal research study to evaluate the effect of coupled vertical and lateral interaction of steel catenary risers with the seabed. Additionally, Rodolfo, in collaboration with Oxford University, recently conducted a feasibility study to evaluate the use of screw piles as an alternative deep foundation system for offshore wind farms to reduce the effect of driving noise on aquatic fauna. Dr. Sancio has authored or coauthored over 20 journal and conference publications, including a study on the liquefaction susceptibility of fine-grained soils that became the accepted methodology included in the 2006 version of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual and for which he received the Golder Associates Victor Milligan Award for Ground Engineering in 2007. Rodolfo is very appreciative of the Shamsher Prakash Foundation selection committee for this distinction and the geotechnical giants he has had the opportunity to work with throughout his career.