Offshore Wind EPC Firm, JGC and Shoreline Wind Collaboration – In recent years, JGC, a multi-faceted global engineering enterprise headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, has turned its sights toward developing expertise and abilities in wind renewables engineering, design, and development, particularly for offshore wind power projects.
Currently, the company’s rapidly expanding wind renewables department is deeply involved in early-stage development in their role as an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner for a multi-organizational cooperative, five-phase Japanese offshore wind project slated to deliver an estimated 10GW by 2030.
For many companies, JGC included, early-stage planning introduces a new set of industry-specific challenges related to anticipating future cost and project schedules on a large scale. Throw in rising global demand – and subsequent increasing costs and competition to procure the vessels, personnel, and other resources necessary for wind farm construction, and the case for utilizing intelligent software capable of quickly generating accurate scenarios data becomes clear.
To generate accurate estimates that account for adverse weather risks, transport limitations and supply chain constraints, JGC realized that they needed a solution that would allow them to remain adaptable throughout the entire development and planning process.
Better estimations gained through accurate modeling equal cost savings
Advanced simulation technologies are becoming more established as business-critical tools stakeholders rely on to solve complex logistical challenges for wind farm construction. OEMs, developers, operators, EPC contractors and O&M service providers are all increasingly using intelligent software solutions to plan, model, and simulate offshore wind projects to achieve optimal cost-and-resource benefits.
Understanding the cost-saving potential of implementing such software for its own operations, JGC turned to Shoreline’s Design™, the industry-leading wind simulation software, to develop its scenario analysis for early-stage planning as an EPC contractor. After a successful onboarding period, JGC wind engineers quickly found Design™ to be an invaluable tool that delivered above their expectations.
“We were especially impressed with the ability to gather and organize vessel, supply, and subcontractor data in one central location and use this information to model and simulate scheduling scenarios,” says Deepak Raj Run, Project Engineer at JGC. “The resulting data outputs have proven instrumental in delivering accurate cost estimations at every project phase. We also found the dashboard view intuitive and useful for understanding the connections between the simulation and output data.”
JGC also appreciated Shoreline’s dedicated support both while learning to use Design™, and the subsequent ongoing, on-demand support, documentation, and instruction. Springboarding from their initial success with Design™ JGC is already planning to expand their use of its robust features for current and future projects, including floating wind installations.
“Design™ has become a critical part of our planning process. Without Design™, it would be difficult to impossible for us to plan workable project schedules, much less develop accurate estimates” explains Deepak Raj Run. “We also look forward to further utilizing the software’s capabilities during construction and O&M project phases.”
The recently announced and long-awaited upgraded Design release, specifically engineered to harness the latest technological advances in agent-based modeling, will enable EPC companies as JGC and other organizations throughout the wind industry to discover even more efficient construction workflows by generating robust data-backed insights necessary to reduce costs and deployment time for offshore wind projects.
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