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New FieldTwin capabilities to drive integrated optimisation for offshore wind projects

By FutureOn Today, News, Uncategorized

New FieldTwin capabilities to drive integrated optimisation for offshore wind projects

We are living in a time of unprecedented growth for the offshore wind sector, as government ambitions continue to exceed expectations and an expansion into deeper water settings for floating wind is unfolding at incredible pace.

While this is great news for our global transition towards net-zero and a cleaner energy mix, it also presents many challenges for supply chains, project financing and resourcing. Digital transformation may feel like an overused buzzword, but any industry undergoing the pace of growth that we see in offshore wind must put digital at the forefront of its delivery strategy. Digital, when done well, contextualises uncertainty into risk and opportunity and brings stakeholders into alignment around common data, accelerating the delivery of more with less.

The challenge for the wind industry is that the speed of this growth has generally outstripped the evolution of the digital workflows and tools available. Compared to the oil and gas industry – where major digital transformation has been at the forefront of risk reduction, HSE and asset management for over a decade – project design workflows in offshore wind remain largely confined to desktop solutions with dated user interfaces and schematic, 2D visualisation.

But a change is happening. Emerging software vendors are leveraging cloud technology and APIs to bring key workflows up to speed and enable interoperability between solutions. This presents a game changing opportunity for the next generation of digital solutions to support integrated optimisation and enhanced project delivery.

FutureOn’s industry-leading digital twin platform, FieldTwin, is ready to support and drive this change. For seven years now we’ve been driving true digital transformation in the oil and gas sector: now we’ve transferred that knowledge and technology to evolve the platform as a solution for wind farm design, supporting both standalone wind projects as well as integrated Power-to-X and electrification projects. FieldTwin offers offshore wind developers a different way – an innovative way – to approach collaborative project delivery.

We provide developers with a digital thread that stitches all elements of a project together from the very earliest concept phase. From the outset, a common data environment is constructed, and that data model evolves to capture uncertainties and focus decisions as the project progresses.

FieldTwin provides a digital audit of the project evolution – a technical audit trail that is also linked to risk, uncertainty and economics – that supports integrated multi-scenario analysis. FieldTwin overcomes the current status quo within the sector of siloed workflows of ArcGIS, Excel and PowerPoint, with teams looking at different data streams. It brings multidisciplinary collaboration into the project, providing dependable data integrity  from the very start.

Where FieldTwin further differentiates itself from the current solutions is the ability to contextualise both engineering and commercial workflows within a fully integrated geospatial 3D model of the offshore project setting. This enables integrated optimisation across surface, subsea and subsurface domains – all in real-time within a single digital model. FieldTwin also supports rapid import of existing geospatial project data through our GIS Rules Engine, while the simple drag and drop user experience lets users build out new project concepts within minutes, complementing and enhancing rather than replacing existing workflows.

FieldTwin presents an innovation as an integrated software platform in its own right, but also drives innovation in how project teams and decision makers work together to deliver projects from concept to first energy, faster. FieldTwin is the kind of digital technology that will be essential to ensure that the offshore wind industry can meet its ambitious targets for net-zero and beyond, and simultaneously de-risk new frontiers in floating wind and hybrid Power-to-X.

FutureOn has conducted studies with our oil and gas customers in which they indicated a 70% reduction in the time taken to get to a FEED study in offshore projects when using FieldTwin to design and deliver the project. The time reduction largely results from FieldTwin’s collaboration functionality but also the ability to quickly constrain and reduce uncertainty through rapid visual workflows across these multi-disciplinary teams.

The successful evolution of a project from concept phase through to the engineering and validation of detailed design is all about optimisation. The challenge project teams face is that they often work on a sub-system in relative isolation, where multiple, discrete component pieces need to be optimised in their own right before they interact with others.

FieldTwin enables optimisation at a systems-of-systems level. An example in a wind farm would be the optimisation of the mooring line configuration. It may work perfectly for one turbine in one given location but when 100 turbines are added to the layout it may become clear that bathymetry, metocean conditions and maritime industrial activity varies over a 300km2 permit area. A design at one turbine location may not optimised for all eventualities.

These aspects must be looked at in a holistic way and project teams must map out the dependencies across very complex systems. FieldTwin’s API links many of these sub-systems around a common interface and a dynamic twin of the project which models impacts across these dependencies, in real-time. This architecture enables a shift from sequential optimisation – where one team optimises only to find the solution does not work when passed to the next team – into digitally driven workflow underpinned by integrated optimisation. The alternative sequential approach is incredibly time consuming and results in project teams having to simplify what they do. They write off uncertainty as risk and results in unnecessary redundancy in the design work – in turn increasing cost and reducing efficiency in project delivery and operations.

Wind farm developers have told us that they are frustrated stepping through this long, linear processes of optimisation where they must come all the way back to the beginning, rebuild everything and import and export data between all those stages.

What we provide is a central data model and digital twin of the project, with an open API enabling full interoperability across the different engineering and commercial teams during the design phases. FieldTwin connects updated workstream data and scenarios in real time, contextualising issues, challenges and misalignment against the wider farm system, allowing the respective teams to collaborate around the solutions for integrated optimisation.

FutureOn is pleased to be exhibiting FieldTwin at Wind Energy Hamburg this week. Our team will be showcasing FieldTwin’s rich 3D geospatial interface and dynamic layout tools for offshore wind, as well as our integrations with MS Excel, ArcGIS and Global Wind Atlas.

These capabilities and workflows mark FieldTwin’s first iteration as a solution for wind projects. Just as we have continued to evolve the tool for the oil and gas sector with new capabilities for the delivery of hybrid energy projects, so too will we develop FieldTwin as a best-in-class solution for the wind sector. We will be delighted to connect with new technology partners to explore the potential for integrated solutions in FieldTwin and join forces around our open API to accelerate project delivery in offshore wind and optimise projects for LCOE, emissions and NPV in the process.

Interested to learn more about FieldTwin’s functionality for wind projects?

Visit us on the UK Pavilion – Stand B1.OG.305.5, Hall B1 UF at WindEnergy Hamburg from September 27-30.

FutureOn demonstrates ground-breaking new FieldTwin innovations at Gastech

By FutureOn Today, News, Uncategorized

FutureOn demonstrates ground-breaking new FieldTwin innovations at Gastech

Complex problems don’t always have to equate to complex solutions. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a different perspective; for someone to look at the puzzle with a fresh pair of eyes.

It’s a realisation that’s become widely accepted in the energy sector, where sharing and collaboration between multi-disciplinary teams – working across different continents and time zones – is a common requirement in the delivery of major capital projects.

The key enabler in this new approach is technology: the digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has opened the door to collaborative working. Here at FutureOn, we’re pushing on that door and positioning digital cross-team collaboration as a key enabling technology to drive the sector towards net zero.

We’re known in the oil and gas sector for our innovative FieldTwin platform. Major international operators use FieldTwin to create and evolve a digital twin of their offshore upstream projects, which accelerates and derisks project delivery through enhanced data visualisation and decision-making.

As project cost models are increasingly strained by supply challenges and energy security concerns, the energy industry requires innovative tools for rapid scenario analysis and evaluation of new ideas and design updates for risk mitigation.

This also applies to the energy transition which requires an innovative approach to validate and de-risk ground-breaking hybrid energy projects. FieldTwin can now be used for offshore wind project design and can be integrated with subsea systems for offshore electrification, CCUS and hydrogen concepts.

Our latest development on the FieldTwin platform – FieldTwin Collaborate – takes the platform to the next level by enabling real-time sharing and problem solving via rich user interface, all in a single FieldTwin project. This ability to share data effectively puts an end to time consuming, sequential optimisation of design and concept workflows. What we empower is integrated optimisation between parallel teams, using a secure and consistent data model.

Projects are no longer passed back and forth between different teams at different stages in their lifecycle. FieldTwin Collaborate creates a workspace that brings all project stakeholders – operators, project teams, EPCS, and the supply chain – together in in a single digital twin of the project, allowing for open engagement, real-time adaptability and clear accountability.

In addition to FieldTwin Collaborate, we have also introduced a new GIS Rules Engine, which allows automated generation of a FieldTwin project from an existing ArcGIS project. This functionality enables project teams to begin working on concepts and layouts in minimal time, focusing on the new development scenario but with complete context from existing assets and infrastructure. As an example, FieldTwin can support rapid evaluation of future brownfield tiebacks or even offshore electrification studies from both the onshore grid or new offshore wind turbines.

These hybrid capabilities deliver a unique solution for our customers and will be critical as the traditional oil and gas operators cross new energy frontiers and develop hybrid energy projects, from electrified oil and gas assets with CCUS through to offshore wind and onto green hydrogen.

These new innovations enhance FieldTwin as a leading platform for the future offshore energy industry. FieldTwin’s open-API supported interoperability and integrated engineering tools result in a game-changing solution for offshore project design and delivery, and for how project teams work together to optimise field development and mitigate risk.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. The scale of the climate emergency means that integrated digital solutions are no longer just desirable – they are a necessity if the energy sector is to make a meaningful impact on carbon reduction. And while the industry transitions in response to climate change, FutureOn will continue to deliver the technologies to drive that change.

FutureOn will be attending Gastech in Milan, Italy from September 5 to 8. Visit us in the Norwegian Pavilion – Stand# 15g21a  – to learn more about FieldTwin and demo the recent ground-breaking additions to the platform.

 

 

 

Enhanced FieldTwin Capabilities For Hybrid Energy Projects

By FutureOn Today, News

Enhanced FieldTwin capabilities for offshore wind farm presents a unique digital solution for INTOG project development

As the energy sector steps up the pace of its journey towards net zero, nowhere is the speed of that journey more apparent than the North Sea. Oil and gas operators have demonstrated their commitment to decarbonising operations, while planned offshore wind projects in the region have grown by 55GW in the past 12 months – currently the second biggest project pipeline in the world. That number will grow even further with the latest Innovation and Targeted Oil & Gas (INTOG) leasing process – an initiative to help meet emission reduction targets agreed by the UK government and industry in the North Sea Transition Deal. The energy industry is changing, and it’s changing quickly. Technology has been and continues to be a major driver of that change. The oil and gas industry has embraced the digital transformation, recognising that digitalised, remote and autonomous operations are critical in the elimination and reduction of carbon, and in the development of safe and sustainable solutions.

FutureOn has been a key enabler in that process, building the next generation of digital solutions for the energy transition on top of our industry-leading digital twin platform, FieldTwin. While we continue to support our existing oil and gas customers as they seek to manage emissions and decarbonise their portfolios, we are now growing a new cohort of users – clean energy developers and engineering consultants. In comparison to oil and gas, the renewable energy sector’s digital transformation has some catching-up to do. But that’s where FutureOn can add value. We’ve enabled oil and gas customers to integrate solutions, collaborate and mobilise data for informed decision-making with our digital twin technology: that knowledge, experience and knowhow will pay dividends for renewables and hybrid projects.

How does FieldTwin support offshore project development? 

FieldTwin by FutureOn offers a proven innovation in digital oil field design and project delivery. Leading oil and gas operators and EPCs have reported concept and design work accelerated by up to 70% using FieldTwin, reducing time to first energy by as much as six months. Now enhanced with capabilities to model early phase wind farm concepts, FieldTwin is uniquely positioned to support hybrid INTOG projects and partnerships.

How will INTOG support the transition?

In addition to the recent Scotwind round, Crown Estate Scotland has launched a further round of seabed rights to <100MW scale renewable energy projects to drive electrification and decarbonisation of the North Sea. The INTOG registration window opened on 10 August and will close on 24 August. Once registered, developers have until 18 November this year to complete their applications. INTOG projects will require strong collaboration between brownfield oil and gas asset operators, greenfield renewables developers and engineering partners. The complexity and uncertainty across these hybrid projects will require innovative digital solutions with support for systems-of-systems engineering and integrated optimisation.

What is FieldTwin’s unique value proposition for hybrid projects?

  • Consolidate hybrid project design and engineering around a dynamic project digital twin
  • Connect wind farm layouts to brownfield oil and gas fields in an intuitive, visual engineering platform
  • An open API to underpin a Common Data Environment (CDE) for vendor-neutral interoperability and multi-disciplinary workflows
  • Handle complex subsea engineering and design challenges in a geospatial, 3D project interface
  • Cloud architecture to enable collaboration between partners in a single digital twin of the project
  • Move away from linear and siloed workflows into integrated optimisation and holistic multi-scenario analyses
  • Reduce project uncertainty, driving better decisions and faster project delivery

The upcoming INTOG round marks a crucial milestone for the integrated offshore energy systems of the future. FieldTwin is a groundbreaking digital solution that can help deliver these projects safely, efficiently and in a cost effective way.

Please get in touch to find out more and explore how FieldTwin could unlock to your offshore development portfolio for oil and gas, fixed and floating wind and hybrid projects.

 

FieldTwin demonstration project for electrification of a brownfield North Sea oil field. This project scenario features ten 10MW wind turbines with floating semi-sub foundations, powering a Jack-up and subsea infrastructure via a single floating substation with subsea plant and cabling.

 

 

FieldTwin Collaborate

FieldTwin Collaborate – Our New Innovative Visual Workflow Tool

By FutureOn Today, News

FieldTwin has always been a platform for innovation. Today, we are delighted to launch FieldTwin Collaborate – a digital project sharing module, which offers open communication and engagement, enabling quick adaptability and accountability for teams across the energy sector and supply chain.

More than a data visualisation tool, FieldTwin Collaborate brings multiple stakeholders together in one space, benefiting operators, EPCs and project teams by ensuring accessibility, integrity and real-time updates on integrated projects.

The latest addition to our platform enables teams to problem solve complex challenges as they appear. The data analysis capabilities, multiple perspectives and the shareability of assets enables enhanced forecasting and troubleshooting for projects. This means that both operators and engineering, procurement, and construction team members work on the same shared data model while ensuring secure granular access and control of users and data for all.

Collaborate is an optional application which can be added to our FieldTwin software – a cloud-based digital platform which creates and maintains a digital copy of a physical asset, enabling maximum asset performance and value. This technology acts as the foundation for the collaborative visual workflows between multiple stakeholders.

Jostein Lien, our Senior Vice President of Product said of the launch: “By establishing a two-way secure connection between stakeholders using the platform, we have enabled a real-time collaboration opportunity. This will be a revolutionary tool for our customers and their stakeholders as they manage projects around the world.

“We are seeing ambitious goals outlined for reductions in personnel on board, emissions related travel and more efficient technology as we progress toward net zero. Collaborate is the perfect project management tool to enable this, and we look forward to rolling it out to our existing and new customers.”

To find out more about how to navigate and make the most of FutureOn’s new module please visit Collaborate, our FieldTwin Collaborate documentation  or contact us.

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FutureOn Partners With Cloud-based Well Planning Company Oliasoft

By FutureOn Today, News

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with cloud-based well planning company Oliasoft to launch a new integrated solution that will revolutionize subsea well planning – Well Assist.

Well Assist combines our digital twin technologies, including our newly launched FieldTwin Design, with Oliasoft’s engineering well planning software, which is designed to connect every link in the well planning calculation chain. 

This new feature offers field planners and drilling engineers the ability to design, visualise, test and accurately cost field concepts from the topside to the target zone via a real-life, immersive subsea experience using a desktop. 

With its immediate insight into well design options, Well Assist supports better decision making, team collaboration, risk reduction, all while maximizing cost efficiencies.

Features, which can be enhanced by asset operator input and tailored to specific project requirements include:

  • High-level algorithms – Well Assist has integrated a series of recognised mathematical methodologies that deploy increased levels of intelligent automation to create the optimum well path. The feature is based on documented standards that support and build on directional drilling primitives. 
  • Well-head placement – Well Assist can guide the ideal placement of well heads by generating a heat map based on factors including the cost metric. The feature can be used to compare the economics of various solutions based on the economics of a series of wells reaching specific targets. 
  • Bespoke data sets – Big data provides a wealth of options to create user-specific modelling based on operational requirements. 

“By leveraging the building blocks of subsea design, specific coordinates, incline and azimuth – with the power of digital twin technology and industry-specific algorithms, Well Assist offers an unprecedented level of capability for field planners and drilling engineers.

“It will revolutionise field planning and well design by providing sophisticated and proven insight at the earliest stages of any subsea project. In a time of tight margins and increased competition, that is an advantage that no operator can afford to ignore.”  – Jostein Lien, Senior Vice President of Products at FutureOn

To find out more about Well Assist or about what FutureOn’s technologies can do for your field development operations and well planning, or for enquiries and partnership opportunities please contact us or book a demo.