It is knowledge that is vital for cost-effective and safe operations in the offshore industries.

Knowledge is power, and expert knowledge is what will be imparted at the half day Metocean Awareness Taster Course organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on Tuesday 21 May. It is knowledge that is vital for cost-effective and safe operations in the offshore industries.

For offshore industries, such as renewables and oil and gas, meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) conditions have a major impact on the design of facilities and their subsequent operations. Therefore knowledge of wind, wave, current, water level and weather conditions at site-specific locations is essential to contribute to optimum design and efficient operations. Sound use of metocean data and information can assist with improved safety and reduced costs.

The Metocean Awareness Taster Session aims to provide attendees with an overview of metocean data, analyses, information and procedures, and serves as an introduction to the more detailed 3-day highly acclaimed IMarEST Metocean Awareness Course that have been successfully held around the world.

This taster session, led by metocean consultant, Ian Leggett, is relevant to project managers and engineers in the offshore renewables and oil and gas industries, involved in operations or design, from new entrants to the industry to those with many years' experience and will enable delegates to interact with experts in the field and other delegates from various backgrounds who use or provide metocean data.

Specific areas being addressed at the taster course are:

* Introduction and review of the IMarEST metocean course.

* Data sources and requirements including measurements and hind-casts

* Data quality control and archiving

* Operational statistics

* Design criteria & Climate trends

In addition the taster course will include a ‘bonus' - some elements specific to near-shore activities that are not covered in the main course.

Course leader Ian Leggett recently retired from Shell after 30 years with the company managing data collection programmes, weather forecast services and the development of operational statistics and design criteria. He now runs his own metocean company offering independent advice, expertise and training to the oil and gas and marine renewables sectors. Ian is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Marine Scientist and a Chartered Marine Technologist.

The session takes place on Tuesday 21 May at the AECC in Aberdeen, as one of the associated events being held on the eve of All-Energy 2013, the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference. The course starts with a networking lunch at 1230 and finishing with a coffee and cake discussion at 1600. Places are available on a first come, first served basis priced at £149 per person. Discounts will be available for companies wishing to register groups of delegates.

The £149 fee for attendance at the taster session will be redeemable against attendance at a future 3-day metocean awareness course. For further information and to register, email

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