For over 40 years, RPS have conducted metocean measurement programmes on the North West Shelf of Australia and established a suite of state-of-the-art tools and proven wind, wave, and current model configurations for setting design and operational criteria for offshore facilities, pipelines, ports and coastal infrastructure and Defence applications.
In a domain where measurement techniques, quality assurance and control processes, and numerical weather prediction models are undergoing continuous improvement, a variety of mechanisms for repeatable verification and evaluation against specific aims, applications, and performance metrics are well defined, established, and generally formalised by expert working groups, international agencies, and industries that have been engaged in these activities for decades.
In the past, commercial measurement activities occurred in regions where data were sparse or non-existent, and numerical modelling was used to understand the larger area or long-term environmental extremes. Now, with over 1000 measurement sites, 25000 datasets, and a billion data records supporting the calibration of numerical models, it is possible to design an optimal measurement+modelling network, sufficient to replace a large portion of the existing sites supporting day to day operations – with associated savings in time, convenience, maintenance, cost sharing and collaborative data sharing by participants. A significant additional advantage would be the establishment of consistent practice across all elements of maritime design and operation.
This presentation will demonstrate the foundation and design of an optimal measurement network providing support for offshore oil&gas, ports, coastal, defence, and research activities in the North West Shelf of Australia.