Oldbaum adds Achilles UVDB to its accreditation portfolio

April 2015

Wind energy consultancy Oldbaum Services has joined Achilles UVDB - an online community for the UK utilities sector. Achilles UVDB offers further opportunities to win new contracts and maintain the highest standards. It also enables companies to manage supply chain risk and comply with EU regulations.

It is now a requirement by some of the biggest players in the wind industry to be qualified on Achilles UVDB. By making the grade Oldbaum has demonstrated specific standards which other companies will look for when choosing who they will work with on a project.

Oldbaum will benefit by sharing information on the online platform. This will showcase the companies’ capabilities and track record in the wind sector which covers a decade, and highlight their 100% Health & Safety record. On top of that it will show they can manage a programme on time and on-budget, all with a healthy turnover.

Oldbaum’s Director Monica Griesbaum explained: “We are pleased to join Achilles UVDB and to pass this stringent qualification process. We look forward to all the opportunities which will arise from this.”

About Achilles: Achilles UVDB is used by over 1000 buyers from over 40 UK utility companies to find suitably qualified suppliers. It works to ensure suppliers’ information is accurate via data validation, and desktop and physical audits. Several buying organisations also use the community as an approved mechanism for tendering for contracts above and below EU threshold contracts – streamlining the procurement process.

Nantes Calling

April 2014

The team is delighted to be returning to Nantes next month.

However, this time it won’t be for any field service work. Instead, we’ll exhibit for a second year at THETIS - the International Convention on Marine Renewable Energies, taking place from 20th to 21st May.

Now in its 4th year, THETIS attracts key players in the European wind and marine industries. Along with the exhibition space, conference sessions have been planned on topics ranging from O&M cost reduction opportunities to floating offshore wind.

So why hold THETIS in Nantes?

Well it seems only fitting. Nantes is very close to two of France’s largest offshore wind farms, one of which is in Saint-Nazaire and will see 80 turbines turning. Oldbaum is providing wind data services for two planned wind farms in Pays de La Loire, scheduled for 2021.

We certainly look forward to making new business friends at THETIS. We’ll be showcasing what Oldbaum do on the ‘Scotland’ stand – come talk to us at stand C34!

We'll be taking part in...

 ...EWEA's Resource Assessment 2015.

That's right - from June 2nd to 3rd Oldbaum will participate in the 3rd technology workshop which is taking place in Finland's capital Helsinki.

Five major topics will be covered: Mesoscale modelling, site suitability, measurements, time-dependent energy yield assessment & power curves/ wakes. The audience will be niche and made up of 150-200 professionals including operations/ technical analysts, wind resource assessment engineers, turbine manufacturers and more.

Looks set to be very interesting.

For a detailed schedule simply head to EWEA's website:

http://www.ewea.org/events/workshops/resource-assessment-2015/

Oldbaum demonstrates commitment to Environmental, Health & Safety and Continuous Improvement standards

March 2015

Oldbaum Services is now ISO 14001:2004, BS OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. In a competitive market it has become crucially important to demonstrate that organisations are thinking about their environmental impact, health & safety, and overall continuous improvement.

Obtaining the internationally-recognized ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System standard proves to stakeholders, customers and staff that the team is aware of environmental obligations and that we are looking to reduce our environmental impact.

The BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System is a systematic and process-driven approach to controlling and monitoring risks. Having OHSAS 18001:2007 shows that Oldbaum create the best possible working conditions, identify hazards and demonstrate compliance to customers and suppliers.

Achieving the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification will help Oldbaum to continually monitor and manage quality across all operations. As the world’s most widely recognised quality management standard, ISO 9001:2008 broadens business opportunities by demonstrating compliance, and allows us to become a more consistent competitor in the wind energy sector.

Technical Director Andy Oldroyd said: “Oldbaum are committed to ensuring our work is performed to the highest possible standards. Our certification ratifies the good work Oldbaum has done to date to address Health and Safety, Environmental and Quality practices within all areas of our work.”

Oldbaum launches Floating LiDAR certification services

March 2015

Leading wind energy consultancy Oldbaum Services is proud to offer a new service to its wind data menu - Floating LiDAR (Light detection and Ranging) certification services.

Two AXYS Technologies' dual-LiDAR WindSentinel buoys are the first set to be tested by Oldbaum; they were deployed in the UK on March 8, 2015.

The certification process involves full system checks, power communications and wind data acquisition to assess suitability for remote deployment for wind resource assessment. This process is in accordance with the Carbon Trust Offshore Roadmap which was published for commercial acceptance of Floating LiDAR technology.

Oldbaum will include this new offering as part of their ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 accreditation, which the company obtained in February 2010 for calibrating and measuring cup anemometers. ISO 17025:2005 is a recognised standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world.

Technical Director Andy Oldroyd said: “Data quality, and confidence in its accuracy, is key in the acceptance of new techniques in the wind industry. Floating LiDAR has huge potential in helping to reduce project risk, development costs and ultimately the cost of energy for offshore wind projects.”

He added: “Oldbaum has a long history in helping to shape best practice and market acceptance of new techniques and this new service will allow the safe testing of Floating LiDAR systems.”    

Oldbaum personnel are fully trained to Global Renewables Offshore standards, as well as UK Oil and Gas Offshore standards. This year the firm celebrates a decade of wind data expertise - with a 100% successful safety record.

If you are interested in learning more about our flexible, independent and innovative solutions please get in touch with our friendly team - email reachforthewind@oldbaumservices.co.uk

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