The design, installation, and performance of a berm-supported exploration structure in a dynamic ice environment is presented. Details are provided on design considerations which include horizontal ice loads, wave loads, seismic considerations, foundation characteristics and extreme temperatures. The development of specifications and installation techniques to account for these design concerns is presented. A case history is presented which includes a discussion of on-site modifications to the idealized placement technique, which were necessitated by extreme ice conditions. The success of this modified placement technique is confirmed through a review of the units performance during the drilling season, and the response of the structure to dynamic ice and drilling-related activity is examined.

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