Susana fell in love with Scotland when she was sent to Aberdeen to undertake an MSc in safety and reliability in the oil and gas industry by her then sponsors, the National Hydrocarbon Agency (ANH) of Colombia and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Her time on this course also made her start to reflect on the implications of climate change and the role she could play in addressing it.
Consequently, IDCORE presented the perfect opportunity – it would be good for her career and the environment, and it would mean that she could spend some more time in Scotland, working on research with direct application to industry.
As an electrical engineer with 12 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Susana wanted to find a project sponsor who could make use of this knowledge. She found this in JBA, a consultancy that applies its knowledge of the offshore industry to construction, operations and maintenance in offshore renewable energy. Her project is taking existing generic methodologies and tools used by developers during construction and installation of fixed offshore wind structures and extending these for use on floating installations.
This has not been an easy process. The industry is changing rapidly, and this has been reflected in the challenges Susana has faced in developing a clear specification for the project. However, JBA have been very supportive and working with them has also allowed her to gain invaluable experience participating in other projects with commercial clients, government agencies and insurers. In this way, she has had the opportunity for involvement in addressing the risks in all elements of the offshore wind development cycle.
This diversity of experience has been a common thread throughout Susana’s IDCORE experience. It started during her training in the first year of the scheme, which was enhanced by the rich mix of backgrounds of colleagues in her cohort, who quickly became an important support network for one another.
JBA also recognise the value of this training and the subject knowledge it gives to the IDCORE students that they have sponsored. Engagement with IDCORE has contributed to their success in the offshore renewable energy sector.