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Poster session

Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, Managing Director, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Michael Görges BLG Logistics Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Co-authors:
Michael Görges (1) F P Wolf Lampe (2) Annette Schimmel (1)
(1) BLG Logistics Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen, Germany (2) BLG Logistics Group AG & Co. KG, Bremen, Germany

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Presenter's biography

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Michael Görges works as project manager for research and development projects at BLG LOGISTICS in the field of offshore wind energy logistics. His work focuses on modeling, simulating and analyzing complex material flows. Furthermore Michael Görges leads the working group “Offshore wind energy — Supply chain information flow” within the DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. working group “offshore wind energy”. This working group aims at developing international standards for the offshore wind industry. Before working for the BLG LOGISTICS, Michael Görges was a research associate at the BIBA-Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik for five years.

Abstract

Standardization of information flows in offshore wind logistics

Introduction

Nowadays, the offshore wind supply chain is characterised by complex and highly interdependent logistic processes. The general public discussion about the offshore wind energy is focussing on the cost reduction of offshore wind farms. Especially, logistics processes are subject of these discussions. Logistics in this field are often organised in a project based structure with a high degree of non standardised information exchange. This is seen by many authors as a potential of cost reduction for the entire offshore supply chain. This presentation will address chances and challenges of standardizing the information flow in the offshore logistics supply chain.

Approach

Currently, the working group “Offshore wind energy — Supply chain information flow” within the DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. standardization committee “offshore wind energy” is developing an international standard (ISO standard) for exchanging logistics information. The working group “logistics” transfers innovative solutions and already existing best practice approaches for a standardized exchange of logistics information to an international standard. Due to the relevance of this topic the BLG took the lead for this standardization project (ISO 29404). In particular this presentation will show potentials and challenges of standardization. Furthermore, the technical approach of the novel standard will be explained.

Main body of abstract

The exchange of information is of crucial importance for planning and operating supply chain processes in nearly every kind of industry. Especially, the offshore wind supply chain requires an intensive exchange of information between involved actors: Processes in the offshore wind supply chain are affected by several potential disturbances and uncertainties. For example weather conditions, like wind speeds, may delay lifting operations. These delays propagate along all subsequent processes. In order to reduce the effect of unforeseen delays all participants of the supply chain have to exchange information about the status of operational processes. A standardised information flow helps to exchange relevant information more quickly in a comprehensive manner. Thus, there is a strong demand for standards harmonising the information flow between different supply chain actors. Other industrial supply chains (e.g., automotive) have already established mechanisms for a standardised exchange of information. However, compared to these other supply chains, the offshore supply chain comprises significantly more uncertain variables and restrictions. Accordingly, existing tools, concepts and standards of other branches are not fully applicable and have to be adopted according to the particular needs of the offshore wind industry. The BLG actively participated in the development of suitable standards for the offshore wind industry. This approach allows to exchange planning information and actual event messages with all participants along the supply chain. Consequently, this helps to improve the overall logistics planning accuracy and to reduce the total logistics cost in offshore wind energy projects.

Conclusion

This presentation will provide information about the current state of the international standardization project. On the one hand it will show the approach of the standard from a technical perspective. On the other hand it will illustrate the potentials of standardization from the perspective of the entire offshore supply chain.


Learning objectives
Auditors of this presentation will benefit of it in different ways. Firstly, they will learn about chances and challenges of standardizing the offshore information flow. They will experience the industry wide demand for uniform standards in the area of the supply chain information exchange. Secondly, auditors will receive interesting insights and information about technical requirements for the exchange of logistics information in the offshore supply chain