Using geoportal applications supported by Metocean data to improve the efficiency and safety of offshore operations

Graham Howe
AXYS Technologies, Oostende, Belgium


One of the biggest challenges faced by users of data for offshore wind farm construction and operations is working with disparate data sources to achieve a clear operational vision.

Users are faced with a wide array of data from forecasters, modelers and data points that can be accessed in a variety of ways.

The first challenge is often to select the data sources required and apply them in a method that supports operational efficiency across a range of environments.

At the same time, there has been a growth in niche applications designed to work with this data and enhance a range of singular aspects within offshore operations. By their very nature, however, these niche applications can result in a greater distraction for users leading to the second challenge of reconciling a disparate range of solutions across a variety of computer screens.



The object of this presentation will be to review common data sources used across the life of an offshore wind farm and summarize new approaches that have been adopted to synthesize those data sources into a single operational vision that can then be leveraged by new operational applications.

This presentation will review common data sources used in the field and comment on improvements in operations that can be gained by combining sources in a way that is meaningful for end users and then supplementing the base data with geoportal based applications including crew and vessel scheduling, weather forecasting and mission planning.



The presentation will show how users in an offshore construction project combined met ocean data with a series of applications from a range of suppliers to achieve greater levels of efficiency and safety in the installation of foundations for the project.


The paper will demonstrate the value of quality controlled real time data combined with historical datasets to gain a full operational understanding of site conditions that supports safe and efficient operations.
It will also show that combining this data with state of the art analytics applications enables users to gain greater efficiencies while still maintaining high quality HSE operations.


Attendees to the paper will take away:

- A comparative review of data sources including satellite hindcasts, near real time buoy platforms and weather forecasts
- An understanding of the opportunities for improved operational awareness that can be gained by combining these sources
- An understanding of recent developments in the field of applications that enable operational teams to apply data more effectively to achieve greater efficiencies and cost savings and enhance operational health and safety.

This presentation will provide a case study based on the construction of an offshore wind farm.