Professor Andrew Palmer is the Jafar Research Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Cambridge University, UK. Professor Palmer is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has been engaged in marine pipeline engineering for 34 years, and has taken a leading part in many pipeline projects in the North Sea, the Middle East, Canada, and the Far East. He is the author of more than 170 published papers on pipeline engineering, structures and geotechnics, and of a book on structural mechanics. Prof. Palmer is co-author, with Dr Roger King, of the new reference book, Subsea Pipeline Engineering.