Probabilistic scheduling of offshore operations using copula based environmental time series: An application for cable installation management for offshore wind farms

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Abstract

There are numerous uncertainties that impact offshore operations. However, environmental uncertainties concerning variables such as wave height and wind speed are crucial because these may affect installation and maintenance operations with potential delays and financial consequences. In order to include these uncertainties into the duration estimation, adequate tools should be developed to simulate an installation scenario for a large number of historical environmental data. Data regarding environmental time series are usually scarce and limited, therefore they should be modelled. Since the environmental variables are in reality dependent, we propose a probabilistic method for their construction using copulas. To demonstrate the effectiveness of this method compared to the cases where observed or independently constructed environmental time series are used, a realistic cable installation scenario for an offshore wind farm was simulated. It was found that the proposed method should be followed to acquire more reliable and accurate estimation of the installation's duration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-341
Number of pages14
JournalOcean Engineering
Volume125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Copulas
  • Environmental time series
  • Offshore wind farms
  • Project management
  • Simulation
  • Stochastic model applications

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