Forum, 27-28 November 2012, London, UK

Ensuring faster, safer wind turbine installation & lifting onshore and offshore

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28th - Offshore
27th - Onshore
27th - Onshore
08.30 Registration & Morning Coffee
09.15 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Richard Furniss Head of Projects – Northern Europe Nordex
09.20 Assessing Your Installation Strategies & Lifting Methods For Smooth, Efficient Onshore Construction
  • Project management best practices including timelines
  • What measures can reduce the number of lifts, how do these affect installation costs and what are the safety considerations?
  • Contingency plans for equipment faults including crane malfunctions
  • How can crane companies, OEMs, project owners and other contractors work together onsite better than at present?
  • Maintaining communication in and outside the exclusion zone to reduce the risk of errors and accidents
    - keeping those outside the exclusion zone informed of the details of each lift
  • Building contingency plans and managing risk when lightning strikes
Harry Carey Construction Project Manager RES Group
09.40 Health & Safety Panel: Accurately Balancing Installation Rates With Wind Restrictions To Ensure Safe Onshore Construction Practice

  • To what extent are LOLER (Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) enough?
    what should be required specifically for onshore wind lifting operations?
  • Reducing the stress caused by tight deadlines to ensure operations are safe at all times
    ensuring project owners have appropriate understanding of where risks lie
    penalties for stopping operations in risky weather: are these ever appropriate?
  • Are the current restrictions against operations in over 10m p/sec wind speeds too cautious?
  • Could guidance pins or ropes be used rather than standing underneath elevated loads during tower installation?
  • How can you encourage staff to take more responsibility on themselves for H&S rather than relying on H&S managers?
Holger Erhardt Head of Project Management, EMEA Onshore Siemens Wind Power
Ivar Kruse Laursen Head of Transportation and Site Execution, EMEA Onshore Siemens Wind Power
Norbert van Schaik Project Support Manager Mammoet Wind
10.25 Morning Refreshments
10.55 Making Better Decisions About Road Needs For Easy Transport Of Cranes & Components To Onshore Project Sites
  • Preparing access roads to bring cranes to sites
    - making crane choices earlier to make access preparation more safe and cost effective
    - getting permissions from relevant authorities and keeping costs down
  • What width is realistically needed for access tracks?
    - can you cope with 3m rather than pushing for 4.5 or 5m?
         o avoiding unnecessary difficulties in getting permissions from authorities
  • What new road needs are emerging for larger cranes, components and lifting equipment and their respective weights?
    - how will this impact on costs?
    - ensuring the tracks can take the weight of bigger components and lifting equipment
  • Update on rules and regulations for transporting components across countries
    - how will this affect installation planning?
Ivar Kruse Laursen Head of Transportation and Site Execution, EMEA Onshore Siemens Wind Power
Holger Erhardt Head of Project Management, EMEA Onshore Siemens Wind Power
11.40 Discussion: Choosing Component Management & Storage Options That Keep Installation Operations On Time & Costs Down

  • Taking storage limitations into account when choosing a site
  • What components do you keep on the site itself at each stage of installation?
    numbers and types
  • Overcoming storage challenges near the erection site
    how will costs be affected by the distance of storage from the site?
    what possibilities are there for at-site storage?
  • How can site teams cope with the storage of larger components on future projects?
    -    practical
    alternatives to traditional storage methods
Facilitated by: Richard Furniss Head of Projects – Northern Europe Nordex
12.20 Networking Lunch
13.20 Key Considerations During Planning To Improve Onshore Wind Installation & Lifting Operations
  • Review of the key challenges facing crainage for onshore installation including:
    - coping with wind from all directions at onshore sites
    - ensuring you conduct effective ground preparation to enable stable crane operations
Vincent Stenger Product Safety Manager Terex Cranes
13.50 Panel: Assessing Crane Needs For Future Onshore Projects On A Variety Of Sites Facing Different Wind Speeds
  • What are the different cranes types currently available?
    - suitability for different onshore sites
    - side wind sensibilities
    - weight lifting capacity
    - weight of the crane
    - how high can they lift?
  • How will crane options be affected by your site soil conditions and access options?
Guillaume van Hoeck Global Business Manager Energy Applications The Manitowoc Company
Norbert van Schaik Project Support Manager Mammoet Wind
Daniel Pitzer Liebherr Werk Ehingen
14.35 Afternoon Refreshments
15.05 Single Blade Installation Vs. Full Rotor – Which Will Make This High-Risk Component Less Risky To Install?

  • Assessing cost, safety and time factors
  • Does the star lift present more hazards than single blade installation and why?
  • How can the number of lifts be reduced in single blade installation?
Per Fenger CEO & President Liftra
15.50 Onshore Installation Case Study: Lessons From Nordex
  • Hear from Nordex around the lessons they have learned during wind turbine  installation and lifting operations, from what they would do differently to what worked well in terms of strategy, equipment and health & safety choices.

Ian Dunn Senior Project Manager Nordex
16.35 Chair’s Closing Remarks & Close Of WindLift Onshore
16.40 Drinks Reception Hosted By Weldex