For immediate release: 30 August 2012
THREE METOCEAN AWARENESS COURSES SHOW ITS IMPORTANCE TO OFFSHORE INDUSTRIES
Three Metocean Awareness Courses are to be held this autumn by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) – the first in Perth, Western Australia (17-19 September); the second in Houston, Texas (10-12 October) and the final one of the season in London, UK (30 October – 1 November).
The effects of meteorology and oceanography (metocean) have a major impact on design and operations for all offshore industries – offshore oil and gas, and marine renewables.
If users of metocean information are not aware of the implications that the weather, waves, currents and water levels can have on their operations or design work, then things can go wrong with serious health and safety and economic consequences.
Each three-day course is aimed at those who need to have a greater understanding of metocean conditions worldwide and how they might impact the effectiveness of their work. They have now been held in London, Houston, Perth, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore demonstrating the international demand for each course.
“Each course has at its heart a mixture of short presentations by expert speakers in the field and interactive workshop sessions, including a group case study exercise,” explains IMarEST’s Senior Technical Manager, Dr Bev MacKenzie. “Our experts reflect the area in which the course is being held, and work actively in the industry, which ensures that course content is not only relevant but highly topical and can make use of regional examples. Our course members not only enjoy networking with each other, but the close relationship they build up over the three days with these experts.”
Places are limited at each course to ensure maximum training opportunity for the project managers and engineers who attend. “They come from the offshore oil and gas and renewables industries and are involved in operations or design, and range from new entrants to the various sectors to those with many years of experience,” adds Dr Bev MacKenzie. “We can assure them of a stimulating and rewarding three days.
“During the course they will learn just why metocean is so important to their sector; how to engage both internal and external stakeholders about metocean matters; explore how the regional metocean conditions around the world impact both operations and engineering design; examine how metocean statistics are presented and used; understand how weather and ocean forecasts are derived; identify the process for obtaining key metocean deliverables; and find out where metocean information and advice can be obtained.
Further information on all three courses is available from www.imarest.org/events; and each course has specific contact details. For Perth the details are Email: Perthevents@sut.org, Tel: +61 8 9446 9903; for Houston Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +1 832 875 3463; and for London Email: email@example.com, Tel: +44 (0)207 382 2600