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Ready, STEM, Go!

November 2019

Ready, STEM, Go!

Caragh McWhirr

It’s been a busy week for Xodus Group’s STEM Ambassadors. On Tuesday, 6 of our STEM Ambassadors attended the launch of Go4SET, where they are mentoring teams of S2 pupils from 3 Aberdeen high schools as they complete a 10 week STEM related project. The day involved a mentor briefing, where our ambassadors met their teams and helped pick their project. Over the course of the project, our ambassadors will give the teams ongoing support, including visiting the schools regularly, the opportunity for an industrial visit to Xodus offices, as well as attending the celebration and assessment day in February.

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Malternative Energy – Giving a dram about decarbonisation
The Laphroaig Distillery, Isle of Islay (Source: VisitScotland)

November 2019

Malternative Energy – Giving a dram about decarbonisation

Adrian deAndres

Scotland. Proud home of the noble haggis, magnificent Highlands and, of course, Scotch whisky. 

Scotch whisky was first distilled more than 500 years ago and to this day remains a cornerstone of Scottish society and the economy. Every year, Scotland produces roughly 390 million litres of whisky – the equivalent of 156 Olympic swimming pools – and exports roughly 1.2 billion bottles globally. Indeed, Scotch whisky now accounts for more than 20% of all UK food and drink exports. The country also has some of the best offshore energy resource in Europe. So why not bring the two together?

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Xodus Renewables tackling energy challenges head-on

May 2019

Xodus Renewables tackling energy challenges head-on

Peter Tipler

As a broad-based energy consultancy we are tackling energy challenges head-on.  The global challenges require innovation and problem solving.  We innovate through integrating diverse perspectives and skillsets from across our business.  We solve problems and provide confidence to our clients through decades of project experience, data and tools.

Check out our new intro video!

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The Energy Transition: Steve Swindell and Pete Tipler share their thoughts

April 2019

The Energy Transition: Steve Swindell and Pete Tipler share their thoughts

Peter Tipler

The energy transition is going to be crucial to meet global climate change and sustainability objectives as well as ensuring the commercial viability of the sector. Our specialists have been working in offshore renewable energy since 1993 and have been instrumental in the world’s first full-scale tidal and floating wind projects.

Our renewables director, Pete Tipler sat down with managing director, Steve Swindell to discuss how we use our expertise to help our clients capitalise on the opportunities in renewable energy, enabling them to find solutions which deliver value for their portfolio.

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Six tips to help you navigate from consent to construction

February 2019

Six tips to help you navigate from consent to construction

Derek Duckett

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Seven bid-winning tips ahead of the upcoming offshore wind leasing rounds

October 2018

Seven bid-winning tips ahead of the upcoming offshore wind leasing rounds

Peter Tipler

In the first of a series of renewable energy blogs, our renewables director shares his seven bid-winning tips ahead of the upcoming offshore wind leasing rounds. Each article in our renewables mini-series will go more in depth on each of these seven points.

Both The Crown Estate (TCE) and Crown Estate Scotland (CES) are currently working to develop new leasing rounds to allow more offshore wind projects to be built over the next decade and beyond. Preparing yourself for the bidding round involves a lot of thought and resources and the process can be a daunting thought for existing UK offshore wind developers as well as new entrants.

With our experience and knowledge of previous leasing rounds and ongoing support to the UK offshore renewables industry in all UK jurisdictions, we have devised seven key tips to focus thoughts and make your bid a success:

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Subsea Engineering: How does Scotland compare?

September 2018

Subsea Engineering: How does Scotland compare?

Mike Allan

An international study, recently completed by Xodus on behalf of Scottish Enterprise has benchmarked the competitiveness, capabilities and innovation in the Scottish subsea market with regions across the world. The findings will help to shape a range of projects and activities in support of Scottish Enterprise’s Subsea Engineering Action Plan.

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​EIA Direction Exemption – Pipeline Applications

May 2018

​EIA Direction Exemption – Pipeline Applications

Lesley Sinclair

OPRED have issued revised guidance on projects excluded from an EIA Direction*

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April 2018

Gearing up for marine renewable conference

Liz Foubister

This year’s Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR) conference in Orkney should be very interesting as it is an exciting time for the sector and the region. Marine renewable devices are now getting deployed in the region, including the world’s flagship tidal stream array project, MeyGen, which we have been heavily involved with.

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Powerful new cost saving vibration measurement device added to Xodus’ vibration engineering tool box

March 2018

Powerful new cost saving vibration measurement device added to Xodus’ vibration engineering tool box

Jim McGhee

Our vibration engineers have added a powerful new motion visualisation capability to their suite of vibration assessment tools. The IRIS-M Motion Amplification System consists of a highly specified video camera and a PC-based controller and capture device. The software package allows standard recorded video images to be amplified, revealing the detail of vibration which cannot be seen by the naked eye.

In this example, the high magnitude transient behaviour of the line is not visible on the unamplified video (left), while it is obvious on the amplified video (right).

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Keeping offshore wind developments afloat

September 2017

Keeping offshore wind developments afloat

Liz Foubister

Hywind, the world’s first full-scale floating wind farm, has now reached a key milestone with the installation of its five colossal turbines off the north-east coast of Scotland.

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Tackling acoustically induced vibration

September 2017

Tackling acoustically induced vibration

Paul Emmerson

Multiple excitation sources exist within modern process plants that can cause damage due to vibration related degradation mechanisms. Without identification and control, these can lead to component failure and the associated safety, environmental, business and reputational losses.

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Going with the flow on subsea jumpers

September 2017

Going with the flow on subsea jumpers

Sandy Hutchison

We regularly perform flow induced vibration (FIV) assessments of piping systems to understand whether any vibration induced by internal flow is within acceptable levels. 

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Time to XAMIN a new area

May 2017

Time to XAMIN a new area

Rebecca Hewlett

Through our fully integrated offering, Xodus has vast experience in delivering complete commercial solutions for renewable projects through an extensive suite of capabilities from engineering and project management to technical safety and risk management services. Now, we are taking these capabilities to the next level.

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Decommissioning subsea infrastructure – geotechnical considerations

April 2016

Decommissioning subsea infrastructure – geotechnical considerations

Andy Small

Between now and 2040, around one-sixth of approximately 470 North Sea installations will require decommissioning. Cost estimates for undertaking this mammoth scale of work is rising exponentially - the total UK offshore decommissioning expenditure is now predicted to hit £50 billion by 2055, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Activity Survey 2016. As all subsea infrastructures interact with the seabed in some manner, understanding the geotechnical aspects and managing geotechnical risk will be of significant benefit to executing decommissioning projects successfully and cost-efficiently.

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Good vibrations

February 2016

Good vibrations

Sandy Hutchison

No-one wants to pick-up bad vibes whether it’s the inference in something said, that gut feeling something isn’t quite right or experience of a similar previous situation which turned unpleasant. As well as the metaphorical ‘bad vibes’ that can affect our daily lives, the oil and gas industry has had to contend with literal bad vibes causing significant problems to the integrity of offshore platforms, pipework and associated subsea equipment.

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XMET – Four seasons in one day

January 2016

XMET – Four seasons in one day

Chris Lovell

The problem
The weather is infamously the UK’s favourite subject of conversation, and nowhere more so than in the offshore industries. Metocean conditions on the UKCS can be extreme as well as being ever-variable. Of these two characteristics, it is the impact of variability that is the hardest to accurately quantify on offshore intervention campaigns, whether greenfield development, brownfield modification or decommissioning projects.

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Come on feel the noise!

December 2015

Come on feel the noise!

Reuben Ditchburn

Noise in the workplace is often seen as the Justin Bieber of safety concerns; whilst most people are now aware of it, the temptation can be to simply stick your fingers in your ears and pretend it doesn’t exist.

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De-risking offshore installation

November 2015

De-risking offshore installation

Chris Jones

Our recent experience has shown that deck handling may actually prove to be a period of particularly high risk to a subsea product during installation. These complex operations are often engineered through the use of standardised calculations or through simplistic modelling. With ongoing advances in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software, these operations can now be modelled in significantly more detail. This can mitigate risks prior to mobilisation and optimise operability during handling and installation. Such detailed modelling can remove unnecessary conservatism and potentially allow installation in increased weather windows.

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Let’s take you for a spin

November 2015

Let’s take you for a spin

Amedeo Marcotulli

Imagine that you are a caterpillar munching on a succulent leaf at the tip of a lush tree in the woods. Life is simple. You look back and remember a purposeful climb to reach that perfect leaf, not realising the millions of possible options you left behind at every branch you picked. In hindsight, your climb was a linear journey from the root to the ultimate lunch. However, the hovering crow that is about to eat you knows that your leaf is not so unique.

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Process Safety Analysis versus HAZOP

November 2015

Process Safety Analysis versus HAZOP

Colin McWhirr

Operators are facing costly and time consuming production and regulatory challenges that require a clever approach to managing technical safety and risk.

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Asset management – what does it mean?

October 2015

Asset management – what does it mean?

John Taylor

This blog is the first in a series on Asset Management and Technical Integrity Assurance. It aims to generate discussion on what exactly the term means, how it’s perceived, its impact and effectiveness in today’s ever-changing energy sector. It will also explore the aspects that collectively integrate to provide a robust asset management structure in order to provide stable operations and a cost-effective business model.

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You can’t have your cake and eat it!

September 2015

You can’t have your cake and eat it!

Amedeo Marcotulli

Cost reduction in the oil and gas industry is now top of the agenda as we face the consequences of the market downturn and a volatile oil price. That’s not surprising or unusual, but where can cuts be made and what affect will it have? Very rarely can we achieve a cost reduction that does not affect the functional requirements of the system. Generally, every cut generates a trade-off on performance or other aspects of the life of field economics.

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Demystifying decommissioning

August 2015

Demystifying decommissioning

Decommissioning North Sea facilities is projected to cost £35 billion over the next two decades with £1 billion spent by UK producers last year, according to Oil & Gas UK. The rate of decommissioning activity is accelerating and rising costs against the backdrop of a low oil price is impacting further. Next year will see the culmination of a decade of planning as Shell’s Brent Delta platform topsides is removed. The industry is discussing the best way to further collaborate to drive efficiencies.

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Subsea processing – the drive to standardise

August 2015

Subsea processing – the drive to standardise

Luca Sintini

It is clear that despite the current difficulties facing the subsea sector due to low oil prices and rising costs, interest in subsea processing, such as boosting and compression, subsea separation and raw seawater treatment and injection, will continue to gain momentum to deliver cost-efficiencies and optimisation of systems.

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Assessing corrosion and erosion in pipelines

July 2015

Assessing corrosion and erosion in pipelines

Dr. Mark Hutchinson

Mark has devised an innovative technique for assessing corrosion and erosion in pipelines that can provide clients with a much greater degree of accuracy.

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