Jan Behrendt Ibsoe Named to National Wind Turbine Operating Safety Committee (USA)

Jan Behrendt Ibsoe, Vice President, ABS Consulting Renewable Energy, has been named a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Structural and Operating Safety.

The study will provide guidance to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), formerly the Minerals Management Service, on its proposed approach to overseeing the development and safe operation of offshore wind turbines.

The Committee will consider three primary areas:

* Standards and practices – Review and comment on the applicability and adequacy of existing standards and practices for the design, fabrication and installation of offshore wind turbines.

* Role of certified verification agents (CVAs) – Review the proposed approach of the use of third-party CVAs to identify acceptable standards to be applied to individual projects. Review the proposed role of the CVA in conducting monitoring and onsite inspections to verify compliance with the standards.

* CVA Qualifications – Review the expertise and qualifications needed to carry out the proposed CVA role, including technical skills and capabilities, experience and access to support equipment and computer hardware and software.

The project is sponsored by the BOEMRE, an agency of the US Department of the Interior. The TRB Studies and Special Programs Division will conduct the project. Stephen Godwin is director of the division. Madeline Woodruff will serve as the study director.

About the NRC

The NRC is a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Under a Congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences, the NRC provides scientific and technical advice to the Government, the public and the scientific and engineering communities. Members of NRC committees serve not as representatives of the organizations or agencies by which they are employed, but as individual engineers, scientists, researches and administrators who make available their personal knowledge and expertise in the national interest.

About ABS Consulting

ABSG Consulting Inc. (“ABS Consulting”) is a global safety, risk and integrity management company with broad experience completing challenging projects worldwide in the oil and gas, chemical process, nuclear, government, maritime, mining, and renewable energy industries. ABS Consulting has offices in 39 countries and over 1,300 employees worldwide. ABS Consulting’s headquarters is located in Houston.


Source: absconsulting, July 14, 2010;