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One Ocean Data Platform for the Whole Lifecycle of a Wind Farm

One Ocean Data Platform for the Whole Lifecycle of a Wind Farm

Introduction 

Wind farm projects, often stretching over 60, 100, and more square kilometers in ocean areas, are designed for 30 years of operations. The enormity of data generated from the initial site surveys to the successive updates, encompassing detailed underwater site information about the changing status of foundations, cable traces, and environmental impact, is staggering. This data remains crucial throughout all phases of an offshore wind farm: from planning and installation to operations and, eventually, decommissioning. 

The Challenge 

The primary challenge lies in maintaining central storage for this enormous and growing amount of data, ensuring its accessibility and availability over decades for varying stakeholders, including changing wind farm owners. These stakeholders, each with their unique informational needs, require tools to interact with different types of data. The project lifecycle spans various phases: 

Offshore_Wind_Development_Timeline

  1. Planning & Analysis
  2. Leasing
  3. Site Assessment
  4. Construction
  5. Operations & Maintenance
  6. Decommissioning 

Each phase has specific data and data handling requirements. Collaboration is essential across several departments, including Geotechnical, GIS, Scour, MetOcean, Environmental, and even with external experts (e.g. UXO). Moreover, future projects now have a global reach, covering areas like Northern Europe, the North and Baltic Seas, the Atlantic and Mediterranean in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan. 

The Solution: A Centralised SaaS Data Platform 

We enable the energy transition to renewable ocean energy. To achieve the ambitious global installation goals for offshore wind the industry needs to grow almost 5x their today's capacity. Automation and digital data workflows are inevitable to reach this scale. 

A centralised SaaS data platform, such as TrueOcean, acts as a Geospatial Data Hub for safe data hosting, management, processing, and distribution, offering multiple advantages: 

Lifecycle Wind Farm

Multilayer Scalability

  • Number of Users: Easily scalable to accommodate an increasing number of users. 
  • Number of Projects: Capable of handling numerous projects simultaneously. 
  • Data Volume: Designed to manage large volumes of data efficiently. 
  • Global Coverage: Offers worldwide accessibility and functionality. 

Evolving SaaS Functionalities 

The design of our ocean data platform allows not only the centralised storage and management of data but also the continued integration of additional value layers to integrate growing functionality for the user. This modular approach supports innovation and ongoing integration of future developments. The envisaged value layers of the north.io Value Pyramid are building on one another and consist of: 

north.io Value Pyramid

The north.io Value Pyramid displays the value layers building on one another. 

  • Data Management and Collaboration: Facilitates data sharing and cooperation across departments and with external stakeholders. 
  • Big Data Pre/Post Processing: Efficiently handles large datasets, ensuring they are ready for analysis on scalable cloud computing resources. 
  • Quality Control (QC): Ensures the integrity and accuracy of data. 
  • Analytics and AI: Employs advanced analytical tools and artificial intelligence for deeper insights. 
  • 3rd Party Algorithms: Integrates external algorithms for specialized data processing. 
  • Data Procurement: Streamlines the process from project inception to execution. Data from specific sites can be searched for and purchased. Proprietary data owners can offer data packages to business partners or publicly available data sets are made available to be streamed into your application. 

Standardising the Offshore Project Pipeline 

  • Control of Data Streams and Quality: Ensures consistent data quality and effective management. 
  • Stakeholder Management: Enhances the ability to manage and engage with different stakeholders. 

Multilayer Benefits 

  • Internal Organisation: Facilitates seamless collaboration across various departments. 
  • External Stakeholders: Enables efficient interaction with external parties, ensuring cohesive project management. 

Conclusion 

A centralised SaaS platform like TrueOcean as a Geospatial Data Hub is essential for managing the complex and voluminous data associated with wind farm projects. Its scalability, comprehensive functionalities, and ability to standardise the data management process across various phases and stakeholders make it an invaluable asset in the efficient and effective management of the growing project pipeline of wind farms to be developed worldwide.

This technology not only streamlines the workflow but also ensures that every piece of data remains accessible and usable throughout the lifecycle of a wind farm project, and remains a cost-effective and continuously updated software solution over the project lifecycle.

Would you like to see how our geospatial data platform works? Book a demo directly with one of our experts, commitment-free, and tailored to your needs. 

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