The largest offshore wind energy conference in the Western Hemisphere, Business Network for Offshore Wind’s International Partnering Forum #2020IPFF began a Livestream series to help move the U.S. wind industry forward. McLaren’s Geomatics Principal Steven MacDonald, PLS, P.Eng. spoke about Navigating the Geophysical and Geotechnical Survey with other panelists.
Steve discussed overcoming the challenges of performing traditional offshore survey work to help developers attain data for site characterization and to meet renewable energy guidelines. His recent work in bringing wind energy to the Northeast has focused on using high-quality technology to better navigate tight deadlines, short weather windows and the large expanses of complex near-surface geology of the Atlantic. By utilizing unmanned autonomous remote vessels, Steve has been at the forefront of pushing for innovative approaches to reduce of the industry offshore footprint while providing unparalleled data collection and processing. Autonomous survey and mapping results in a cost-saving reduction of health, safety and environment risks with fewer offshore personnel numbers and large vessel days.