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INNOVATIONS & USING NEW TECHNOLOGY FEATURE SPONSOR


TAKING A MEGA – BYTE OF THE MARKET!!!


INGENUITY There are, without exception, some positively ingenious and innovative solutions which have been borne specifically for the wind and marine renewable energy sector; none more so than my next guest company – may I introduce to you one of SeaRoc’s devotees, Dominic Stratton, Manager of SeaPlanner; the market leaders in web-based marine management software…


IT ALL BEGAN….


From humble beginnings in a small Brighton office in 2002, with two development software designers, it is heartening to hear of such a success story. As part of the SeaRoc Group who provide specialist marine and engineering services matched with a comprehensive suite of consultancy and contracting services to the offshore renewable sector, it was possibly a foregone conclusion with their proven expertise, that their foresight should devise such a comprehensive data management tool.


A VISION And so it was, in those early days, with no other web-based solution on the market for complete marine co- ordination of vessel and personnel management; they had a vision. After successful collaboration with DONG Energy, Vattenfall and E.ON, global success followed!


REVOLUTIONARY


Dominic goes on to say that there was a need for a software tool that could offer a real-time proactive management system. The creation of SeaPlanner meant that managers could co-ordinate where personnel were at any one time whilst working offshore. The evolution of the system set-up was driven by SeaPlanner building solid relationships with the end users; and extensive collaboration and consultation (that continues to this day) with operation experts as well as project teams. This in turn, resulted in the most user- friendly/intuitive suite of marine coordination software on the market today. In fact to quote “…..with over 8 years of client feedback incorporated into the development of SeaPlanner it is unrivalled in its capabilities…”


AND NOW TO THE PORTFOLIO! – WHERE TO BEGIN? The sheer flexibility of this management tool is testament to the SeaPlanner software developers. Clients have the ability to actively manage a project’s progress via the acquisition of standalone modules or as a full portfolio of modules, allowing for a bespoke project management tool


for their offshore operations that runs with fluidity… a cost-effective formula!


OPS MANAGER


Dominic continues that the core modules for marine co-ordination tend to be the Operations and Personnel Manager modules. These allow for the monitoring of all site personnel and project vessels ensuring that the site is continuously monitored in real-time. Personnel are tracked via an automated swipe card system, whilst vessel movements are logged continuously via AIS. On each project, an average 4,000 personnel have been managed by this module and it’s not hard to imagine that on such busy days there can be literally hundreds of automated personnel transfers… delivering peace of mind!


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