The capture of metocean data is very challenging as it is crucial that institutions remain optional and data is collected during the most extreme weather events.
During feasibility and design, our understanding of the effects of tide, currents, wind and other factors helps customers to optimise vessel and offshore structure design.
Similarly, during construction and operation, our Metocean services can improve efficiency, safety and reliability.
These benefits are achieved through BMT WBM's state of the art capabilities in data collection, data management, data analysis, numerical modelling and forecasting.
Recent Relevant Projects
King Sound Metocean Data Collection
The Ichthys Field lies approximately 440km north of Broome and 800km southwest of Darwin. INPEX are currently investigating possible supply bases for servicing this facility including a facility at Point Torment in King Sound.
BMT WBM collected data collection using boat mounted ADCP and Pressure Sensors located at 3 positions from Sundat Strait to Long Island as well as subsequent data analysis.
Spencer Gulf Metocean Data Collection Studies
As part of a proposal to constuct a major desalination facility in the upper reaches of Spencer Gulf, BMT WBM undertook marine modelling studies to understand the implications of brine discharges from this potential facility. Background metocea investigators were considered in support of the modelling and to assist with considerate for the other part releated facilities.
Port Curtis Metocean Data Collection Studies
Port Curtis and the associated Port of Gladstone is one of the most significant coal export facilities on the eastern seaboard of Australia and is recognised as having one of the most significant natural harbours in Australia. Regardless of the natural characteristics of Port Curtis, there are ongoing requirements to improve the capacity of the area via dredging, for both capital and maintenance purposes. In order to understand the implications of such dredging works, BMT WBM have played an ongoing role supporting the Port of Gladstone in regard to mathematical modelling and metocean data collection. This includes the installation of a Horizaontal ADCP linked to real time web-based data delivery to help piolts decide when ships should enter and leave boths.
Port of Darwin Metocean Studies
BMT WBM have been commissioned to collect Metocean data to assist in the design of LNG facilities in Darwin Harbour. The project will include the planning and
development of new port related infrastructure including reclamation projects, navigation channel establishment and deepening and the development of new wharf areas. In each instance hydrodynamic models have been developed and
require rigorous data collection exercises, each aimed at verifying and/or refining model behaviour in a specific location.
Pearl Oil (Makassar Straits) Metocean and Soliton Study (Indonesia)
Pearl Oil are proposing to develop a new oil and gas field in the Makassar Straits, with the platform location for this operation being some 350km distant from land based processing facilities at Balikpapan. In order to deliver product to the land facilites, there will need to be a bottom mounted pipeline. Design of this pipeline from a safety/risk perspective is a key issue and required criteria regarding current fields under the influence of tides, storms etc. BMT WBM deployed a series of bottom-marked ADCPS to for a period of 12 months to capture metocean data. 100% data recovery was achieved from these instruments.
For general enquiries relating to Metocean Data Collection, please contact Dr. Philip Haines
Dr. Philip Haines
Managing Director, Water and Environment Group