Requires prior information on both ambient and extreme winds, waves and currents, to assist decision making on:
- Rig Selection
- Rig Orientation/Anchoring/Winching Capacities
- Riser Design
- Jackup/Drilling/Materials Transfer Operations
- Downtime Analyses
- Oil Spill/Drill Cuttings Dispersion
- Regulatory/Insurance Requirements
Logistics associated with exploration drilling usually provide a valuable opportunity for inexpensive reconnaissance measurement programmes.
Real-time measurements may be required to avoid or settle contract disputes.