INTRO

In the Offshore Renewables Industry Operations Managers are reliant on real-time data. Decisions made with respect to maintaining a safe working environment, effective and efficient management of resources is always dependent on the quality of the information at hand. Presently developers and operators within the offshore renewables industry are shielded from accessing real-time field data by fragmented and marginal bandwidth communication systems. Increasing field site size, remoteness and the development of new regulations simply compound the inadequacies of the present systems in place.

The Force55 Ltd wifi-mesh network capabilities would allow for a significantly increased remote data transfer size and rate. The ‘non-single point failure’ mesh-network design, will provide a robust solution, thus ensuring a superior and reliable connection to the field. Unlike the present systems in place the modular design would able to evolve and incorporate Client specific feature add-ons and expediently absorb constantly developing regulations in this relatively new industry. The 802.11 remote network will provide the possibility for the use of a wide range wifi-based technology and facilities, advancing the offshore technology to onshore standards.

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Force55 Ltd Approach

Currently there are no known systems that collate the numerous ‘off the shelf’ systems into one global monitoring package designed to satisfy the above requirements from the various legislative bodies. This presents the opportunity to supply a system with a more holistic approach. The modular merging of present systems would by design provide a more focused adherence to such wide-ranging legislation, and one that can be more efficiently monitored. The modular nature of the design would mean that new and innovative approaches to the ever-evolving offshore industry, could be easily incorporated without compromising the original system objectives.

The Force55 Ltd systems are based around the extension of terrestrial wireless communication mesh networks subscribed to the 802.11 protocol. The shore based control station, or Marine Control Centre (MCC), would be furnished with a bespoke software suite and ‘black-box’ electronic communication systems.

Facilities & Applications

  • DATA AND VIDEO TELEMETRY

    Animated

    All company based vessels would be configured to transmit the respective geographical position and environmental data pertaining to each vessel. The relaying of this data to the control center and to other company vessels operating in the field will not be compromised by traditional line-of-sight communication systems. For obvious reasons current vessel to vessel collision and vessel to structure collision avoidance will be improved by the non-reliance on line-of sight systems such as radar, fan-beam and vhf radio systems. The collective and centralised information will provide real-time assessment and control of multiple vessel operations. Video data from offshore operations could also be transmitted through the network to facilitate safer monitoring of vessels and operations in the field.

  • MULTIPLE COMPANY VESSEL MONITORING

    Animated

    Information relative to each company vessel in the field would be relayed via the remote wifi-network. The collation of multiple vessel data and offshore structure status would be immediately accessible to the remote onshore control systems for continual assessment and control.

  • INTEGRATION OF AIS SIGNALS

    Animated

    The Automatic Identification System is a VHF transmission systems which sends a vessels position every few seconds for the safety of all marine traffic. It is an international requirement to fitAIS for all vessels with gross tonnage (GT) of 300 or more tons. This system would be integrated into the network so that the control center could facilitate third party marine traffic integration for the continuous assessment of collision avoidance.

  • ACTIVE SAFETY ZONE MANAGEMENT

    Animated

    The centralised system would have ability to monitor, control and instigate the registering of navigational hazard notifications to the UK Hydrographic Office and Air Traffic Control.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

    Animated

    Field tidal information and scour monitoring equipment would be supplied and the information relayed via the network in real-time to the central control systems. This data would be recorded, processed and accessed by the relevant authorised parties. The field environmental monitoring equipment would be designed as a mobile assembly so that it could be relocated as necessary and thus provide a more global environmental aspect as opposed to the inhibited data supplied by the traditional fixed structure meteorological masts.

  • DATA ANALYSIS

    Animated

    All remote vessel and environmental data would be recorded in the control room and made available for analytical evaluation and so provide the basis for efficiency savings and improvement programming for future construction operations.

  • VOIP AND DATA SERVICES

    Animated

    All company based vessels would be configured to transmit the respective geographical position and environmental data pertaining to each vessel. The relaying of this data to the control center and to other company vessels operating in the field will not be compromised by traditional line-of-sight communication systems. For obvious reasons current vessel to vessel collision and vessel to structure collision avoidance will be improved by the non-reliance on line-of sight systems such as radar, fan-beam and vhf radio systems. The collective and centralised information will provide real-time assessment and control of multiple vessel operations. Video data from offshore operations could also be transmitted through the network to facilitate safer monitoring of vessels and operations in the field.

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