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I. A. Buist, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng.


Ian Buist is an acknowledged world-wide authority on in situ burning. From 1979 to 1983 he was chief research engineer for Dome Petroleum Ltd. on oil spill prevention and control for the Beaufort Sea drilling program. Mr. Buist was involved in the development of several novel countermeasures techniques for the marine environment including air-deployable igniters, incinerators, flare burners, fire-resistant booms and subsea blowout containment techniques. He was also manager for several field experiments of oil spill behavior and burning countermeasures in the Beaufort Sea. He was involved in most of the ground-breaking burn research carried out in Canada and Alaska in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Mr. Buist's experience with in situ burning has continued to grow during his time with SL Ross. He has continued his in situ combustion studies under contract in Norway, Canada, Alaska and Texas for a variety of government and industry clients. Mr. Buist has conducted research on the ignition and burning of water-in-oil emulsions, studied experimentally the physical and chemical properties of in situ burn residues, advised on field tests of air injection concepts for enhanced in situ burning and advised on burning at two spills, quantified the in situ burning potential for Alaskan, implemented a large-scale test in waves for fire-resistant booms using propane flames for the US MMS, re-engineered a stainless steel fire boom for a consortium of 11 clients, and investigated novel ignition techniques.. A list of recent projects and publications follows.

Recent In Situ Burning Projects

Recent Peer-reviewed Papers on In Situ Burning

E-mail Ian@slross.com

Last updated: March 26, 2007
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