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David Lambkin

Metocean specialist
+44 (0)23 8071 1874

Supporting cable repair project with metocean statistics


Design criteria

Ahead of a planned cable repair off Scotland’s northern coast, BT commissioned ABPmer to deliver a bespoke metocean study to provide comparable workability statistics for a number of potential approaches, and other supporting information.

Our study was informed by:

  • Hindcast wind data from the NOAA CFSR Global Meteorological Hindcast Model database
  • Wave hindcast data from the regionally validated ABPmer SEASTATES European Wave Hindcast Model database
  • Hydrodynamic hindcast data from a regionally validated ABPmer high resolution model database

We undertook the study for three potential repair approaches, each with different weather limits: diver restricted operations, and the use of a cable installation buoyancy system under optimal and maximum workable conditions.

Our study delivered the following for each of the three approaches: 

  • Key conclusions comparing and quantifying the relative workability of the approach options throughout the year, summarised in a technical report
  • Scatter tables quantifying the frequency of occurrence for combinations of significant wave height, peak wave period and direction, wind speed and direction, and current speed and direction
  • An analysis of general weather windows statistics, quantifying the proportion of workable or weather downtime for a wide range of working limits by calendar month
  • An analysis of task specific weather downtime statistics based on the expected activities, limits and schedule
  • Timeseries predictions of tidal water levels and current speeds to assist scheduling

The results of the study helped guide BT’s investment in a cable floatation system, and successfully complete the repair operation with the new system, overcoming challenging weather conditions where divers would not have been able to work.

ABPmer supports marine infrastructure design with comprehensive metocean information to minimise uncertainty, maximise efficiency and ensure compliance with international standards. Find out more about our design criteria services.

David Lambkin

Metocean specialist
+44 (0)23 8071 1874

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