Mayflower Wind debuts its new 3D Offshore Model

NEW BEDFORD — You’re the captain of a 45-foot fishing boat, navigating your way through a sea of ​​wind turbines, in the rain, focused on avoiding possible danger ahead.

In these days of virtual reality, with Mayflower Wind’s new 3D Offshore Model, it’s possible to envision such a scenario from land.

The 3D model that made its debut with Community Liaison Officer Dugan Becker and Fisheries Liaison Officer Joel Southall during July port hours in New Bedford offers a realistic visual simulation of Mayflower Wind’s offshore lease area.

Users will be able to virtually navigate the offshore wind farm from a range of vessel types and in different weather, sea and lighting conditions.

The Mayflower Wind 3D Offshore Model gives the maritime community a realistic and interactive look at the proposed offshore project design, including the wind turbines, substation platforms and export cable routes under consideration.

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Within the model, users can insert nearly a dozen distinct vessel types and can navigate through the project area using a first-person view from aboard those ships.

Vessel options also include those common in the offshore wind industry, so that other mariners can familiarize themselves with the kinds of vessels they may see in the area at various phases of the project.

This is a rendering of a first person view from a fishing vessel navigating Mayflower Wind's offshore lease area during a rainstorm using the company's 3D Offshore Model.

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 offshore wind industry relatively new in the United States, Mayflower Wind knows it can be challenging to envision what these projects will look like,” Becker said. “The model provides a visual reference and context that allows viewers to familiarize themselves with the offshore project years before it is built. ”

Other features of the model include a measurement tool which can provide sizes of objects and distances between project components, the ability to toggle between various turbine foundation types, and optional map layers showing project details such as cable routes or onshore cable landfall locations.

This is a rendering of a traditional offshore wind industry vessel known as a service operations vessel navigating through the Mayflower Wind offshore lease area using the company's 3D Offshore Model.

The offshore model is the counterpart to Mayflower Wind’s 3D Onshore Model that provides a view of the land-based project components, such as converter stations and cable routes, and 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 focal point 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 ..

This is a rendering of a 400-foot tanker navigating through the Mayflower Wind lease area during a snowstorm using its new 3D Offshore Model.

While the 3D offshore model is a demonstration tool or visual aid, the operators of boats equipped with a navigation system called an Automated Identification System will be able to plot the locations of the individual turbines on their charts.

“They wouldn’t see this model, they would see dots on the maps saying this is a turbine at this heading at this distance,” Southall said.

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