Longitude Engineering – a specialist marine engineering subsidiary of the LOC Group – says the company is continuing to grow and has commissioned new, larger offices in Exeter in the southwest of the UK as it responds to growing demand for its services in the offshore wind sector. The UK is at the centre of Longitude’s network of offices (it also has offices in Singapore, Mexico and the US) and has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, with the Exeter office leading the growth in the renewables market. New appointments have driven relocation to larger new offices in the heart of Exeter on the historic Quayside with the capacity to seat around 30 personnel.
Longitude UK managing director Andrew Butler explained: “With year-on-year growth and the move to new and larger offices, we have also taken the opportunity to restructure our business, with dedicated specialised teams focused on the main disciplines we are involved with, namely structural engineering and drafting, and naval architecture. The recent addition of new senior staff with specialist skills in both advanced structural and hydrodynamic analysis have enhanced our capabilities allowing us to deliver more complex analysis and comprehensive solutions for our clients. This enhancement of our technical capabilities recognises and anticipates the significant increase in the level of technical analysis now required in the renewable sector.
“For example,” Mr Butler explained, “the typical jack-up vessel mobilisations for wind turbine components increasingly require a more global analysis of the vessel structures and assessment of fatigue and VIV effects, partly driven by actual structural damage that has occurred with these new customised vessels. In addition, the level of analysis required for cable lay and installation simulations has significantly increased with Longitude now automating analyses and utilising cloud-based computing to deliver the quick turnaround typically required by clients. With the renewables-focused engineering consultancy market becoming increasingly competitive, Longitude has also recognised the need to maintain a technical lead and retain its strong reputation in the market by focusing on innovative solutions which the new specialised staff can focus on.”
He went on to say: “The office move coupled with a widening of our skill-sets has also enabled us to broaden our reach into related markets and to work more closely with developers and vessel owners. This has included a team dedicated to mobilisation and site support including both technical and project management roles for clients, moving more towards a turnkey solution that some clients have requested. A dedicated team has also been formed offering design and mobilisation support services focused on green technology, including emissions reduction and ballast water treatment systems with the Ballast Water Convention entering force in 2017.”