Day 1 - Wednesday 22 March 2017
08:30

Registrations And Refreshments 

09:00

Chair’s Welcome And Opening Remarks

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

09:15

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

10:15

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

10:45

Morning Refreshments And Networking Opportunities

11:15

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
11:45

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
12:15

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

13:45

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
14:15 

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

14:45

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
15:15

Afternoon Refreshments And Networking Opportunities

15:45 

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
16:15

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
16:45  

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

17:15

Chair's closing remarks

17:30

Day End

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