Many businesses need to understand the scale of cost and project duration when considering the development of an offshore windfarm site. Water depth and the presence of rock are two of the main concerns when assessing a site's foundation feasibility. So it’s hugely beneficial if you can build some in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ground conditions of a site through desktop studies as it may even negate the need for conducting reconnaissance style surveys prior to securing a site.
Using 3D ground models to assist with foundation design and installation is something that Lloyd’s Register uses to assist clients develop accurate and realistic cost models way ahead of starting any offshore windfarm construction.
“Many of these sites have very complicated geology,” says Will Hodshon, geoscience project manager, Lloyd’s Register, “and to try and fully understand the geology and geohazards of these sites, using two dimensional profiles alone can be quite challenging, and sometimes misleading.
Ultimately, the true value of three dimensional ground modelling and visualisation is enabling Will and his team to communicate these very complex aspects to a wider audience.
Watch the video in full, to find out more about foundation feasibility assessments and understanding ground conditions using 3D ground modelling.