Wind Measurement

Connect to quality-controlled measurement sources

Re-inventing the visualization and licensing of wind observations

At TGS, we recognize that collecting real wind speed measurements has never been so important as banks and investors place heightened scrutiny on the energy potential of a project.  Developers are increasingly attentive to the value of acquiring observational data early in the project lifespan. This data is crucial in reducing uncertainty when defining the wind assessment of leases at the pre-bid stage and reducing the lead time associated with the collection of multi-year measurement campaigns required to secure financial commitments ahead of development.  As the total costs of offshore projects escalate the emphasis for delivering both of these elements increases.

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Floating LiDAR Measurements

In some more mature offshore areas floating LiDARs have been acquiring wind measurement data over multi-year periods.  Occasionally these resources are made available on an open-source basis.  But the open-source provision does not always result in convenient access, and commonly these resources are under-valued or under-utilized.  TGS makes understanding the results of these observations easy by adding visuals on top of the datasets turning measurement values into actionable conclusions without manipulation of raw data.  With workflows in place, the TGS library of measurement resources is growing rapidly.

Quality Control

Open-source lidar data may have periods with low quality or anomalous data. Quality control (QC) of observational data involves a thorough review and analysis of the measured values and thereby increases the confidence with which the data may be used for further analysis. QC of open-source observations has been performed using a multi-set process that includes final review by expert analysts, not simply relying on automated workflows. This routine increases trust in derivative datasets, including those that are based on these measurements, adding significant value.

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Worldwide Intelligence Database

Via our subsidiary 4C offshore, we have plotted the location of all known offshore LiDAR measurement locations, even those acquired on a proprietary basis.  This worldwide intelligence dataset includes time periods used for data collection, sensors used, and ownership / commercial parameters.  The resulting collection provides developers an understanding of the knowledge of their competitors and any advantages they might have when assessing new leases- but also creates awareness of existing data that could be used under collaborative agreements.

Offshore LiDAR Acquisition

In many areas, the availability of offshore wind measurements is too sparse or distant from the area under assessment; new floating LiDAR measurements are required. 

We are actively planning comprehensive wind resource, environmental, and metocean data acquisition campaigns, with the deployment of the first floating LiDAR unit scheduled to begin in Q2 2022.

These projects will be conducted using a multi-client business model that TGS has successfully employed to manage the efficient acquisition of data in offshore environments around the world.  This approach has a range of benefits to the data consumer, including price, reduced emissions from operations, and earlier access to data with long periods of observations.

For more information regarding our planned acquisition campaigns please contact us.


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