Blade Inspection, Damage and Repair 


Forum Day 1: Tuesday 10 October 2017

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Chair’s Welcome And Opening Remarks

Isaac Tavares, Head Of Civil And Structures, Centrica



How To Successfully Carry Out Cost And Time Effective Inspections And Post Repair Refurbishment

  • What specifically owner operators are so concerned with regard to lifetime?

- How often do we inspect?

- How do we address it?

- Alternative methods to heavy inspection strategy

  • How to get more value out of existing blade inspection results
  • Moving from perceived to realistic life expectancy to plan refurbishment and take the right offshore access decisions 

The Role Of Drone Inspections With Other Conventional Methods

  • Mobility and time safer
  • Addressing need for stability and good control in windy conditions
  • Further testing requirements
  • Picture categorisation and how to compile them into main categories

- Reviewing and analysing data gathered from the drone

- How to prioritise the pictures 



World-First Ground Based Thermographic Inspection

  • Thermography benefits for structural and composite material analysis
  • Ground based non-destructive inspection
  • Comparison of optical and thermal data
  • Auto-stitching for optical and thermal imaging, flaw localization and severity classification

Jürgen Austen, Senior expert, Hensoldt, Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


Let The Blade Data Talk!

  • Collecting and structuring blade data: how do you aggregate blade inspection and repair data coming from different suppliers?
  • Analyse and observe the data: how do you measure the quality of the inspection images you receive?
  • What defects do you have on your blades? And, how do you make efficient O&M blade decisions from data reports?
  • Leverage your blade data: how machine learning makes your life easier

Thibault Gouache, CEO, Cornis


Identifying The Benefits Of Internal Inspections And Impact On Repair Decisions

  • Carrying out internal inspections before installation for quality assurance purposes
  • Finding the root cause
  • Using a robotic system to get high resolution pictures
  • Suggesting type of repair needed
  • Technician vs. engineer: understanding the difference in value  


How is Technology Changing The Role Of Technicians? 

  • Using technology to remove secondary failures
  • Is the role of rope technician becoming superfluous or more accurate?
  • Enabling the interaction of technicians with technology interface
  • REX (Return of Experience) on blade inspection strategies from wind farm owners and operators
  • Do manual inspections with an experienced technician give a better indication of actual damages than automated high resolutions camera inspections and drones?
  • Also automated inspections rely on the people interpreting the images correctly.
  • What additional training is required for technicians to adapt to new technology? 

Networking Lunch 



Structural Enhancement Technologies For Blades – Reduced O&M Cost And Risk

  • Avoid damages and reduce your risk
  • Reduce O&M cost for blades by utilising innovative solutions
  • Removed that Root cause for damage and secure the life time of the blade
  • Case study and test: D-Stiffener™

Ryan Lauridsen, CEO, Bladena  


Industry Developments On Understanding and Counteracting Leading Edge Erosion

  • What is leading edge erosion, how does it occur and what are the effects?
  • How is erosion being tackled in new blade design as blades become longer/ tip speed is increased?
  • What products are available for field retrofit and how do you choose the “right” product?
  • Can an industry standard approach to leading edge erosion characterisation be accomplished?

Benjamin Green, Blade Specialist, Vestas


PANEL DISCUSSION: Why Is So Crucial To Have A Unified Damage Classification And Standardisation Approach?

  • Lack of standardised approach gives space to more tailored solutions, but what are the implications?
  • Who should take the lead in defining the classification of damages?  OEM, Developer or certification groups? 
  • Is the current approach just too primitive?
  • What can we learn from the Aerospace industry?
  • Categorising what type of damage occurs and in what type of blade
  • Determining why certain damage happens and in what kind of environment to better standardise O&M approaches 


Konstantin Behnisch, Project Manager, Vestas

Birgit Yunker, Fleet Manager, E.On

Benjamin Green, Blade Specialist, Vestas


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


Start-up leaders and technology providers present a short 5 minute pitch about their products followed by Q&A with a panel of judges. The contest has the aim to provide a vehicle for start-ups and small technology providers to get much needed exposure to key industry investors and buyers.

For more information to apply and to have the opportunity to be shortlisted visit:


Ryan Lauridsen, CEO, Bladena

Eduardo Garcia Perez, Head Of O&M – Europe, EDPR

Christian Bak, Senior Scientist, DTU Wind Energy

Andrew Bellamy, Director, 8.2 Aarufield


Q&A Panel with audience


Winner Announcement 


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Drinks Reception