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Vissim facilitates optimal offshore wind operations

Published 30 June 2022 (updated 7 Feb 2024) · 2 min read
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At a glance

  • Comprehensive data and personnel management tools for offshore wind farms
  • Improved safety and efficiency
  • Excellent overview and control

Vissim provides multiple digital tools to ensure safe and efficient offshore wind farm operations.

During the construction and operation of offshore wind farms there are a huge number of personnel, vessels and tasks to track, coordinate and manage – all of this on the open seas and often in areas with high levels of existing maritime traffic.

For a medium-sized wind farm, the construction phase alone can involve more than 5 million man-hours offshore. In a rapidly changing, multi-contractor environment, tackling this level of complexity requires a comprehensive, detailed overview and control.

Excellent overview and control

Vissim Windfarm Solutions provide exceptional situational awareness, together with powerful, easy-to-use planning, tracking, communication and data management tools.

Vissim delivers turnkey hardware and software solutions that integrate data feeds from multiple real-time sensors into a single display. This provides marine coordinators and planners with a comprehensive overview of people, vessels and tasks. The result is consistent decision support.

The solutions also integrate an online platform to manage personnel, vessel certification, manifest planning, and more. This enables offshore wind farm operators to distribute much of the traditional workload of marine coordination to the contractors – cutting costs, increasing transparency and allowing operators to maintain control of data and security.

Vissim’s systems collect big data and provide analytic tools to identify, and thus address, inefficiency.

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Concrete benefits

Wind Power Monthly has highlighted how important data management is for optimal wind farm operations – both in terms of safety and efficiency. Vissim has monitored and recorded over 7 million successful personnel transfers using its automated people tracking systems.

When developing Vissim Windfarm Solutions, the company has drawn upon its 30 years of experience in surveillance and marine domain awareness systems to provide precisely this safety and efficiency.

Market potential

The expansion of offshore wind shows no sign of slowing. In Europe alone, it is projected to grow to a total installed capacity of 25 GW by 2020. This will increase the demand for systems such as Vissim’s.

Vissim Windfarm Solutions have been used in the construction and maintenance of more than 20 offshore wind farm to date.

Nicholas Dent

Managing Director, Global Wind

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