Operational Decision Support

Operational Decision Support

ORCA Offshore and MarineObjects have joined forces and launched an integrated Operational Decision Support service for transport and installation projects. This service will give the offshore installation manager the proper information to take the start or stop decision for critical offshore operations.

The service combines the know-how and experience of ORCA Offshore and MarineObjects regarding computing technology, sensoring, offshore operations, weather dynamics and vessel hydrodynamics that makes this service reliable and accurate.

The Operational Decision Support (ODS) system is a computer expert system that combines the data from life sensors with a computer simulation model to generate accurate predictions of the dynamics of the installation equipment or cargo during the various stages of the operation. The following data sources can be used:

  • Installation vessel and cargo multibody dynamic simulation model
  • User defined Strength and motion criteria
  • Weather forecast data
  • Waverider buoy data
  • Vessel or cargo Motion and acceleration data
  • Vessel or cargo internal deformation data

This service will combine the different data sources in one model which will show the offshore installation manager the actual and predicted utilisation of the defined operational limits of the offshore operation. Using the prediction of this system the decision to start, proceed or stop can be taken on a much better basis. The service includes offshore support by a senior Naval Architect, but based on the operation it is also possible to setup the service as a stand-alone system which can be operated by the offshore crew. ORCA Offshore and MarineObjects believe that this service is quite unique for the offshore industry and has the potential to reduce weather down time and weather risks for critical offshore operations.

Main Screen

This screen will show all essential functions and alarms. The screen can be changed by the users to fit their own requirements.

Planning Screen

This screen will show the planning of the operation overlaying the predicted performance of the operation based on the system characteristics and the forecasted weather.

Real time display

This screen will show the history of the recorded real time channels.


The latest projects done by Orca Offshore.

Dutch Offshore Contractors Motion Response Unit

Dutch Offshore Contractors Motion Response Unit

Date: May 2014
Client: Dutch Offshore Contractors bv
Product: Motion Response Unit

Operational Decision Support System

Operational Decision Support System

Date: February 2011
Client: Tideway Offshore Contractors
Product: ODS