Gemini first to use Windnova software

Thursday, 2 July, 2015 - 11:00

The Gemini offshore wind farm has agreed on a contract to become the first commercial users of Windnova, a new project management software, designed specifically for the offshore wind sector.

The web based software, developed by Windnova S.L., monitors and controls activities associated with the development and operation of offshore wind farms. Details of the three-year contract, for an undisclosed value, were confirmed this week, as Gemini completed its first quarter using Windnova.

Certified to the ISO9001 Quality Management System, Windnova combines several modules and features for project execution and the operation and maintenance of offshore wind projects. The system can be customised, allowing each project to be personalised to meet the user’s requirements. Being cloud-based, Windnova does not require installation processes or hard drive space and is very easily updated.

The development team at Windnova claims its software saves time, improves quality and control, supports conflict resolution and reduces costs. Mick Hoyle, Construction Manager at Gemini, said, “Windnova is allowing us to have a high level of visibility and control across the different infrastructures in the Gemini Project. It helps us create, manage and monitor all elements of QHSSE and Construction, allowing a full, reliable reporting process of the works.”

Alvaro Fernandez, Managing Director at Windnova, said, “This software has been in development and testing for almost four years and we are extremely pleased that its first commercial use will be on one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms. The system has been developed in response to industry need, with the input and assistance of experienced professionals from different companies, packages and projects. Any offshore wind farm involves a lot of risks, mostly relating to the work and performance of the multiple contractors involved. Full control and proper management of these works is therefore crucial to success.”

Located in the Dutch part of the North Sea, 85 km off the coastline of Groningen, the Gemini offshore wind farm will have a capacity of 600 MW, producing around 2.6 TWh of renewable electricity. Construction at sea will start in the summer of 2015, with the wind farm projected to be fully operational in 2017.

Katharina Garus

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