NEW BEDFORD – You are the captain of a 45-foot fishing boat, sailing through a sea of windmills, in the rain, concentrating on avoiding potential dangers.
In these days of virtual reality, with the new 3D Offshore model from Mayflower Wind, it is possible to envision such a scenario from land.
The 3D model that debuted Community Liaison Officer Dugan Becker and Fisheries Liaison Officer Joel Southall during July Port Hours in New Bedford offers a realistic visual simulation of the Mayflower Offshore Concession Area Wind.
Users will be able to navigate the offshore wind farm virtually from a range of vessel types and in different weather, sea and lighting conditions.
The Mayflower Wind 3D Offshore model gives the marine community a realistic and interactive view of the proposed offshore project design, including wind turbines, substation platforms and export cable routes under consideration.
“Offshore wind is happening”:Belgian companies discover partnership opportunities with New Bedford
In the model, users can insert nearly a dozen distinct vessel types and can navigate the project area using a first-person view aboard these vessels.
Vessel options also include those common in the offshore wind industry, so fellow sailors can familiarize themselves with the types of vessels they may see in the area at different phases of the project.
Additionally, users have the ability to control offshore conditions by adjusting attributes such as wave height, fog density, precipitation, and time of day and year.
“With the relatively new offshore wind industry in the United States, Mayflower Wind knows it can be difficult to imagine what these projects will look like,” Becker said. “The model provides visual reference and context that allows viewers to learn about the offshore project years before it was built.”
Other features of the model include a measurement tool that can provide object sizes and distances between project components, the ability to switch between different types of wind turbine foundations, and optional map layers showing project details. such as cable routes or land cable locations.
The offshore model is the counterpart to Mayflower Wind’s 3D land model which provides a view of the project’s land components, such as converter stations and cable routes, as well as detailed simulations of construction processes.
Like the offshore model, the onshore model has been a valuable tool for engaging with local communities and has been the focus of several Mayflower Wind public events. Both models will continue to be updated as the Mayflower Wind project continues to evolve and details are finalized.
While the 3D offshore model is a demonstration tool or visual aid, operators of boats equipped with a navigation system called an Automated Identification System will be able to plot the locations of individual turbines on their charts.
“They wouldn’t see this pattern, they would see dots on the maps indicating it’s a turbine at this heading at this distance,” Southall said.
Becker said Mayflower Wind’s construction vessels will be in the AIS system.
“There will be a pretty good live report of the ships that are out there and where the turbines are, basically what’s going on in the operating area at any given time,” he said. .
Standard-Times editor Kathryn Gallerani can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @kgallreporter. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Standard-Times today.