LOCRenewables, through its naval architectural and design firm, LongitudeEngineering, has announced the expansion of its geoscience consultancyteam, strengthening its end-to-end project development capabilities.
The team will aim to deliver a range of services related to the mitigationof ground risk for offshore wind development, from concept through to constructionand maintenance.
With wind farms being built in different locations, and in combinationwith a range of different technologies, engineering solutions need to bedeveloped for varied and difficult ground conditions.
From ground risk management for turbine foundations and cables, throughto penetration analyses for vessel movements, the factors that developersmust consider can vary greatly.
In addition to carrying out initial desk and feasibility studies, the geotechnicalteam will conduct detailed site visits and assess geological and metoceanconditions to identify the best siting for wind farms and cabling corridors.
“While there are many aspects to consider when it comes to windfarmdevelopment, the assessment of ground risk is crucial to a project”ssuccess in the construction phase, and over its lifetime,” said CaraWatson, newly-appointed Lead Engineering Geologist at Longitude Engineering.
“Extensive experience in offshore energy allows us to offer a rangeof services including geohazard analysis, project planning, survey managementand full ground model development.”
Cath Bradley, Lead Geotechnical Engineer at Longitude Engineering, added:“Foregoing the adequate consideration of ground risk introduces uncertaintiesand increases risks that project developers will usually end up payingfor later. For example, without a detailed knowledge of the ground conditions,designers are forced to be more conservative and adopt larger and moreexpensive foundations for their turbines.
“Obtaining the geotechnical and geological ground conditions for a siteallows for optimised foundational designs. This in turn lowers the riskof damage to equipment, as well as the risk of delays or cost overrunsarising from changes to layout, designs or cable routes.”
With a focus on marine survey planning and management, cable routing andburial, and geotechnical analysis including anchor penetration and scourprotection studies, leg penetration analysis and foundation design, theteam is currently employed on a number of projects across Europe and Asia.
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