Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day One - Tuesday 1 November 2016
08:30

Registration And Refreshments 

09:10

Chair's Opening Remarks 

09:10

KEYNOTE

Time For A Reality Check: Why The Wind Industry Needs To Give Blades The Attention They Deserve

  • Impact of blade performance on AEP 
  • Costs of maintaining blades and reflection on OPEX
  • Challenges of accessing blades and fit for purpose solutions currently on the market 

  • Quick alternatives to compensate for delays from OEMs 

  • The commitment of OEMs: 
    • How do they plan to eliminate root cause problems?

    • Design: what do they have in mind for the future? 

    • Add-on solutions to extend the lifetime of the blades 

THE LATEST INSPECTION METHODS TO REDUCE COSTS AND ENHANCE BLADE PERFORMANCE   

09:45

Cutting Edge Inspection Strategies To Help Revolutionize Blade Integrity Management 

  • The application side of Leading Edge Protection solutions

  • Identifying the ROI of different inspection methods for the perfect blade integrity management approach

  • How to prioritize inspections and repairs: which blade damage can you delay and which one can you not afford to ignore? 

10:15  

Hands-On Ground Inspections Experience To Improve Blade Reliability 

10:45

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:15

Using Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Methods To Successfully Inspect Blades

  • Competency and capability of technicians: where do they need additional training?
  • Underlying problems present in the blade through laser shearography 
  • Using pulsed thermography to understand when it is necessary to intervene on an internal damage
  • Assessing the benefits of ultrasonic technology as an alternative technique to detect under the surface defects
  • What are the applications offshore and on longer blades?
11:45

The Current And Future Potential Of Drones In Maximizing Data And Asset Management Practices

  • Where is FAA currently standing on the use of drones for inspections?
  • What is the ROI?
  • How can the software integrated in the drone help with inspection data processing and management?
  • Effectively using UAV inspections to track faults and damages in your fleet 
  • Integrating drone with ground based techniques for the perfect inspection mix 
12:15

HIGH FREQUENCY TALKS 

To What Extent Are Drones A Viable Commercial Solution To Inspect Blades?

The aim of these high frequency talks is to facilitate a discussion on how drones can contribute to blade inspection as well as how the former, when integrated with a data acquisition and categorization software, could truly have an impact on the way damages are being analyzed, monitored and managed today. 

Each delegate will be given the chance to express their thoughts, concerns, ideas and solutions anonymously and in written form (5 minutes) through an online platform called Sli.do. The moderator will then read out  the audience’s suggestions on how the industry can progress on these issues. The debate will then be opened up to the rest of the room, making this the perfect occasion to take a real step forward and overcome the barriers of using drones. 

13:00

Networking Lunch 

DAMAGES: STANDARDIZATION AND CATEGORIZATION ADVANCEMENTS

14:00

PANEL DISCUSSION

What Is The Best Approach To Categorizing, Standardizing And Prioritizing Damages? 

  • Why the approach “fit and forget” is no longer acceptable
  • Are the current categorization methods sufficient to meet the wind farm operator’s needs?
  • If each damage is different from another, how should wind farm operators carry out their O&M activities, and subsequently plan their actions? 
  • What are the pros and cons of creating a standardized industry method to categorize and prioritize damages?
  • What should you do with the pictures received? 
14:45 

Learning How To Categorize And Analyze Pictures Taken During Inspection Campaigns For A Time And Cost Efficient Action Plan 

  • Automatically classifying your picture data
  • Learning how to identify cracks and damages that need urgent attention
  • Not everything should be learnt the hard way: why owner operators should invest time in understanding the problem and not simply rely on technology 

If you are interested in joining this session, please contact  Raihan Chowdhury at  rmc@windpowermonthly.com  or  Heather Smith at  hs@windpowermonthly.com

15:15

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 

15:45

Roundtable Discussions

Delegates will select one of the following peer-to-peer discussions from the strategic or technical streams listed below. You will move into small break-out groups where discussions will be off the record and led by an expert on the given topic. Delegates are encouraged to bring along their considered ideas and questions in order to facilitate a meaningful and in-depth discussion. 


STREAM 1: STRATEGIC

1. Closed door operators’ roundtable: out of warranty transition and OEMs commitment

2. How do you achieve top-notch asset management and reliability?

3. Inspections: what would be your perfect O&M activity mix? 


STREAM 2: TECHNICAL

1.  Quality assurance: Learning how to avoid those small errors by fine-tuning the process  

2. Blade optimization in harsh weather conditions 

3. Building a technical know-how to promptly and effectively deal with severe damages 

16:45

Roundtable Feedback

Delegates return to the main plenary room to hear the discussion leaders sharing the main outcomes of their discussions. 

17:15

Chair's Closing Remarks

17:30

Wind Down With Some Drinks 

19:00

Networking dinner