Strong winds and waves, high tides, currents, salinity and temperature variation, turbidity – are all factors that can affect the marine environment and civil engineering construction projects and operations.

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Measurements in Situ

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To support coastal engineering and construction work, marine renewables development and environmental assessment, iXblue has developed a comprehensive service in physical oceanography.

We provide

  • Metocean systems maintenance
  • Real-time monitoring or embedded data logging
  • Meteocean alerts
  • Instrumentation and moorings adapted to the environment and project requirements
  • Wave buoys, metocean buoys, swell and current meters and bio-geochemical sensors
  • Instrumentation and moorings designed specifically for each location and any unique project requirements. This substantially reduces the risk of incurring damage and accidents caused by inadequate moorings

Data Analysis

Our experienced oceanographers also provide high quality metocean reporting to assist with Metocean condition interpretation.

Metocean data analysis covers:

  • Temporal and statistical analysis
  • Intercorrelation
  • Spectral and zero crossing wave analysis
  • Harmonic analysis
  • Tidal prediction

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What does metocean monitoring involve?

Metocean (meteorological and oceanographic) monitoring typically involves the monitoring of coastal and ocean buoys that collect and transmit data. This data relates to wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure, water temperature, waves, currents, and other metocean conditions.

Applications of metocean data

Metocean data is critical to the success and safety of many marine-based activities, and is a vital part of our growing scientific understanding of metocean conditions.

In many applications across a variety of industries, metocean monitoring provides vital insight. Weather forecasters, operations and safety managers, maritime safety organisations, climate researchers, and other groups and individuals benefit from the enhanced marine domain awareness that metocean monitoring delivers.

Metocean monitoring is used throughout a whole host of industries and sectors. Here are some of the most common applications.

Support for design

Designing a platform or vessel with the right structural integrity begins with an analysis of metocean data. Without the critical information supplied by metocean monitoring buoys, the safety of construction, transportation, and installation teams is at risk.

Offshore exploration and drilling

Metocean conditions have a significant impact on offshore exploration and drilling processes. Weather forecasts can predict drilling downtime and real-time monitoring can support those working on offshore operations, as examples.

Deepwater metocean conditions

Effective conceptual design for offshore developments relies on accurate preliminary metocean studies, especially when the construction in progress is set to enter deepwater areas.

Offshore production

When organisations have a foundational understanding of metocean conditions, they can improve operability, boost safety, and cut costs related to their floating or fixed production systems and platforms.

Benefits of metocean monitoring

Metocean monitoring delivers a myriad of benefits, including:

  • Improved accuracy of engineering specifications
  • Reduced costs
  • Data-supported operational planning
  • Improved safety and working conditions
  • More efficient operations

Get in touch with our experienced team today

To find out more about our comprehensive metocean monitoring services, contact us today.