Metocean Awareness Course

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SUT Metocean Awareness Course
Metocean is a discipline covering metereology and physical oceanography, and is concerned with quanitfying the impact and effect of weather and sea conditions on a wide range of activities in the offshore oil & gas renewables. 

Why will this course benefit you?

For all offshore industries, the effects of meteorology and oceanography (metocean) have a major impact on design and operations. If users of metocean information are not aware of the implications that the weather, waves, currents and water levels can have on their operations or design work, then things can go wrong with serious health and safety and economic consequences.
The Metocean Awareness Course  is aimed at those who need to have a greater understanding of metocean conditions worldwide and how they might impact the effectiveness of their work. The course format will include a mixture of short presentations presented by expert speakers in this field. Delegates will receive a comprehensive course manual on attendance.

Who should attend?

This course is essential for Project Managers and Engineers in the offshore oil and gas and renewables industries, involved in operations or design, from new entrants to the industry to those with many years experience. The course will enable delegates to interact with expert speakers and other delegates from various backgrounds who use or provide metocean data.

Course Schedule

Day 1.

8:30am Registration and refreshments.
8:45am Introductions and objectives of the course
9:15pm Part I: Requirements for metocean criteria and statistics - the application
  • Why metocean is important
  • What exactly is metocean
  • Requirements for metocean at each stage of the project cycle
  • How metocean meets those needs
10:15am Refreshments
10:30am Part II. Metocean parameters and processes
Metocean parameters and processes
  • Atmospheric and ocean circulation
  • Winds
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Metocean pararmeters and processes (continued)
  • Waves
  • Currents
  • Water level (tides, surges, and tsunami)
  • Ice
2:30pm Refreshments
2:45pm Part III. Metocean data sources, data quality control, archiving and climate variability
  • Data sources – measured and modelled
  • Data sources – satellite
  • Data QC/archiving
5:30pm Questions and close

Day 2.

8:30am Refreshments
8:45am Part IV. Metocean conditions around the world
Metocean conditions around the world
  • Temperate climates (eg North Sea)
  • Tropical climates (eg Gulf of Mexico, SE Asia, West Africa)
  • Arctic type climates (eg Sakhalin, North Caspian)
10:15am Refreshments
10:30am Part V: Weather forecasting
Generation of weather forecasts
  • Scenarios – when to use, what to ask for, probability forecasts, site specific forecasts
  • Weather forecast distribution (websites, video, dedicated forecaster)
12:00pm Lunch
Part VI: Operational statistics and design criteria
Metocean statistics for operational planning
  • Scenarios – when to use, what to ask for
  • Operability – weather windows: seismic, drilling, pipelaying, installations, heavy lifts, tows, float-overs, decommissioning, etc
  • Aviation and marine logistics – helicopters, marine crew change,etc
2:30pm Refreshments
2:45pm Metocean criteria for design
  • How to derive 100 year extreme values
  • How to produce final design criteria
  • Typical design criteria products and presentations
  • Differing requirements for fixed versus floating installations
  • Independent criteria versus response based design
  • Uncertainties, reliability and impact of climate variability
4:15pm Sum-up, future and conclusions
  • What we have learnt
  • What are we going to do differently
  • Future development
4:45pm End of course

Expanding Learning Outcomes for Individual Parts

After the completion of the course, participants will:

Part I: Requirements for metocean criteria and statistics - the application
  • have an understanding of how and why metocean is important to the offshore oil and gas and marine renewables industries for safe and economic operations, through each phase of field development/ operation from initial acreage acquisition to field abandonment;
  • be able to engage internal and external stakeholders about
    metocean matters and their impact.
Parts II and IV: Metocean parameters and processes and metocean conditions around the world
  • have a broad understanding of the key meteorological and oceanographic parameters impacting offshore design and operations;
  • be able to describe the metocean conditions in the various regions around the world where the offshore oil and gas industry and marine renewables industry operates;
  • know from where they can obtain more metocean information and advice;
  • be able to converse more knowledgeably about climate change
Part III: Metocean data sources, data quality control, archiving and climate variability
  • be able to describe the various methods of acquiring metocean data, the issues involved, the indicative costs and trends for the future;
  • be aware of safety guidelines (OGP) and the inherent risk of in-field data collection;
  • be aware of vessel requirements to undertake instrument deployment;
  • have an understanding of data processing, quality control and data archiving;
  • know from where they can obtain more relevant information and advice;
  • be able to describe the process of numerical modelling of winds, waves and currents; the limitations and accurrancy of results.
Part V. Weather forecasting
  • have an understanding of how weather and ocean forecasts are derived, their accurancy and how they are presented;
  • know from where they can obtain more relevant inofrmation and advice
Part VI. Operational statistics and design criteria
  • know know metocean conditions are presented statistically and are used for design in various scenarios;
  • be able to specify the process for undertaking design criteria studies and for preparing operational planning statistics reports;
  • know from where they can obtain more relevant information and advice. 



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