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Innovative new technology to help marine operations in Orkney waters

A partnership involving environmental engineering consultant JBA is to develop software that helps determine risk to marine works.

JBA has agreed a new partnership with the Met Office and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to develop new software that will help manage marine operations in Orkney waters.

The system is based on JBA’s ForeCoast Marine Mission Planner, which is already used to help make decisions about vessel operations months ahead. The new software will take data from the Met Office and will also incorporate data from the EMEC’s test sites, to create a system specifically for Orkney waters. It will create a marine mission planner for the EMEC’s wave and tidal test site operations in Orkney.

It means rather than the viability of an operation being based on one forecast, users will be able to make decisions about the amount of risk involved based on data targeted at different types of operation.

The software will use algorithms to examine forecasts in the context of a range of activities, such as lifting at port or operations at site.

Decision makers can also look at how different strategies would have worked if they had been used historically.

JBA, Met Office, EMEC

Source: Michael Brookes Roper

Marine operations at EMEC test site

“Given the complex nature of the marine activities at EMEC, it is essential that robust planning strategies are in place to ensure that the costs to EMEC and our clients are minimised and that the highest standards of health and safety are met,” said EMEC operations director Stuart Baird.

“This software has great potential to reduce costs for technology developers, improve the safety of marine operations, and provide a best practice model for other marine energy sites across the globe,” he added.

JBA Consulting director Mark Lawless said: “Combining JBA’s innovative Marine Mission Planner with the Met Office’s ensemble forecast data and EMEC’s operational data and expertise will enable the development of a very exciting, and more importantly useful, piece of software that I’m confident will prove indispensable in the future planning of marine activities across EMEC’s test sites in Orkney and around the world.”

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