Publication Date: Jul 2019
Hydrographic-based projects focusing on Offshore Wind Farms (OWF) pose unique challenges at every stage of the survey workflow. Acquisition requires integration of multiple sensor types, and project requirements often specify concurrent data collection posing installation, timing, and positioning challenges. Post-processing requires users to process, review, and if necessary, correct enormous multi-variant data sets. Surveyors continue to push for increased automation in these and other related processes. Furthermore, data fusion across these temporally and spatially variant data sets is critical for proper analysis in order to aid decision-making. Throughout the process, stakeholders need to communicate to each other, even if they have different backgrounds and/or project objectives. The question then is how can the surveyor best communicate with stakeholders, facilitate decisions, and then feed adjustments back into the survey workflow? The answers are found within the innovations of the QPS workflow brought about through the merger of complementary technologies both internal and external to the company itself. This working environment was created to be seamless throughout every stage of the project lifecycle. It is powerful enough to handle complex integrations and data acquisition, automated to reduce mistakes and yet simple at critical steps to provide familiarity and clear understanding for stakeholders. This paper introduces the common survey requirements throughout the various stages of an OWF lifecycle, and derives critical success factors necessary to meet them from real client case studies. Through automation, quality integration/acquisition, reductions in human error, and intuitive comprehension, the QPS workflow is uniquely designed to achieve these success factors. Regardless of a person’s background, QPS solutions are aligned to work together to enhance the capacity of all team members involved in a wind farm project by facilitating fluent workflows through all project stages.