Day 1 - Wednesday 22 March 2017

Registrations And Refreshments 


Chair’s Welcome And Opening Remarks

Sharing Industry Knowlege And Project Experiences To Bring Down The Cost Of Cable Installation


Panel Session: Sharing Experiences and Ideas For Industry Progression

A panel of experts to discuss ideas and allow for the audience to submit questions/queries they have on the state of the offshore cabling industry

  • Ways of reducing cost without forgoing health and safety in cable operations

  • How can the industry deal with a lack of resource availability?

  • Why the lack of sharing project experiences has stagnated growth in offshore cables and how clear documentation of industry issues can help

  • How to reduce cost during installation and new installation methods available 
  • What will the future market look like for the UK and other European countries?

Confirmed participants

Truels Kjer, Vice President - Senior Risk Engineer, Swiss Re


An Insurance Viewpoint To Shed Light On Industry Challenges

  • Update on the state of cable failure rates and an overview of typical areas in which claims are being made

  • Has lower loss ratios and risk mitigation had an impact on insurance for cables?

  • What are the potential reasons for greater problems with export cables rather than array cables

  • Ensuring you have a steadfast loss production insurance in the event of a fault

  • How to ensure that cable failure does not affect future investment

Sam Millard, International Manager For Offshore Wind Energy, Codan Fosikring


Morning Refreshments And Networking Opportunities


Case Study: Installation Project Experience - A Project Managers' Perspective

  • How lack of proper planning can cause many issues
  • Contract management and typical supply chain issues
  • Why effective timing for package interfaces is important
  • Installation methodologies, ploughing, tools used and allowing for weather difficulties
  • Ensuring correct vessel choices and availability
  • Examples where installation can go wrong

Case Study: Installation Project Experience, An Operational Perspective

  • Preventative measures for limiting damage during installation

  • What are the areas for improvement and where is growth needed in the supply chain

  • Installation strategies and processes for fixing and testing
  • Cable validation and quality surveillance during installation
  • Examples of where installation can go wrong

Reducing Costs And Failure Rates For Offshore Cables

  • How greater awareness of technical issues has allowed opportunities for cost reduction
  • Different scenarios on driving cost down without compromising on quality
  • Bringing down costs in areas of high requirements such as the baltic sea
  • The fine line between health and safety and cost reduction from experience
  • How cost cutting for workers with the correct experiences is causing issues

Cable Protection Systems, Burial And Geotechnical Considerations


Best Practice For Proper Cable Burial

  • Cable burial risk assessment methodology, Carbon Trust CBRA standard

  • Various burial methods available depending on site conditions
  • Highlighting the need for further burial standards and guidelines
  • What is the appropriate depth of cable burial in each instance?
  • Using vertical soundwave injectors to keep depth in the soil

Taking Into Account Seabed Sediment Conditions During The Burial Process

  • How to overcome hard soil conditions?

  • Why should burial methodologies differ based on soil composition?
  • Do tools currently used for burial compromise the cable structure?
  • Taking into account the geology and current of the seabed for cable lengths
  • With vast distances to plough and trench, how can knowledge of the seabed increase efficiency?

Repair Planning, Vessel Availability and Cable Reliability Issues


Building Up To Cable Repair And Vessel Challenges Involved

  • What needs to happen in a timely manner before repair can take place?
  • How can the depth of water, tide and technical diver requirements all create issues?
  • How to get down to fewer numbers of vessels and having an even spread for cable lay
  • Having vessels that are fit for purpose and well positioned for potential repairs

Afternoon Refreshments And Networking Opportunities


Lessons learnt: The Complexities Of An Efficient Repair Process And Repair Rates

  • Aligning repair timetables with operational capabilities, strategies used
  • Issues and challenges on repair activities
  • Top level fixes vs. deep geotechnical damages
  • Why emergency response teams should be set up for quicker repair times

Reliability Issues And The Real Cost Of Damaged Cables

  • The potential damage to reputations and the effect on investment
  • Why reliability remains such a big issue and how to remedy this
  • Various techniques on fault finding and timely location of damages
  • What is an acceptable industry failure rate?
  • Finding the balance between keeping cost low and keeping a low failure rate

Cable Monitoring And Sensing Systems

  • The rise in online remote monitoring for ease and efficiency
  • What platforms are available out there and user experience feedback
  • Advancements in cable condition monitoring and fault detection
  • Detection of hotspots damaged areas and fault location determination
  • Digital audio sensing


Chair's closing remarks


Day End