6 Alpha and Atkins partner for offshore projectsCompany News // November 20, 2015
6 Alpha Associates has partnered with design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins to provide offshore UXO risk assessment ahead of the geotechnical surveys prior to the construction of three offshore windfarms in the UK.
With many lessons learnt during the construction of Round 1 and 2 projects, there is a growing impetus to ensure that, for other Round 2 and Round 3 developments, cost savings are implemented throughout the project lifecycle - from the initial survey stages onwards. Early identification and management of project risks is a crucial part of this process for a reliable and efficient foundation design.
6 Alpha Associates and Atkins have therefore partnered to deliver UXO risk management services for the geotechnical ground investigations undertaken at the designated turbine locations, as well as along the export cable routes for the Galloper, Rampion and Triton Knoll projects.
Prior to specifying the geophysical surveys, 6 Alpha Associates prepared desktop study reports to ascertain the level of initial UXO risk.
Once the absence of UXO had been confirmed by interpretation of the geophysical surveys, 6 Alpha Associates awarded Safety Sign Off Certificates - with the most recent to Triton Knoll being delivered in August this year - to confirm that the risk of UXO had been reduced to ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) and that geotechnical vessels could carry out exploratory boreholes.
A 6 Alpha Safety Sign Off Certificate provides a confirmation that all necessary measures have been undertaken to ensure that any given turbine foundation site or cabling can be safely installed as far as is reasonably practicable.