Cases 2022

As always, cases will be an important part of the MMD. Read below for the description of this year's cases! 

 

Allseas case (English) - a new perspective

The demand for offshore wind energy is quickly increasing, and so is the demand for very large offshore wind turbine generators (WTGs). The installation vessels that have been used up to now simply do not meet the tremendous demand and often struggle with the huge dimensions of the >12MW WTGs. This is where Allseas with its Pioneering Spirit comes in.

During the case you will be representing your own ship design department, who are being invited to tender (ITT) for an extensive offshore WTG installation project. The tendering process has already started, Allseas has informed the energy supplier that they are interested in the future installation project. However, the energy supplier replied that they need to know more about the installation method that Allseas will be using before moving on to the next step. It’s up to you to earn their trust by designing and explaining your reliable installation method with Pioneering Spirit for the biggest wind turbines in the world.

MARIN (eerstejaars)case

In de Noordzee worden steeds meer windmolenparken gebouwd om elektriciteit op een duurzame manier op te wekken. Verder op de Noordzee zullen de windturbines moeten drijven vanwege de te grote waterdiepte. Het aantal en de grootte van de windturbines is al bekend, maar het is nog onduidelijk hoe de drijflichamen of floaters eruit gaan zien.

MARIN vraagt jullie om een floater te ontwerpen die voldoende drijfvermogen heeft en aan de stabiliteitseisen voldoet. Denk na over ‘out-of-the-box’ oplossingen welke functies dit windmolenpark nog meer kan vervullen. En vergeet niet te voorkomen dat alle windmolens weg drijven!

Port of Rotterdam case - Port Constructor

De Port Constructor is een spel dat precies laat zijn wat wij als Havenbedrijf doen. Waar het in het spel om draait is dat er een denkbeeldige haven is, die niet geheel toevallig lijkt op de haven van Rotterdam, die te maken heeft met een toenemende vraag van bedrijven die zich er willen vestigen en een tekort aan beschikbare grond om deze uit te geven. Om daar uit te komen moeten de studenten zich verplaatsen in de rol van strategisch havenontwikkelaar.

Zij moeten in kleine groepjes bedenken aan de hand van beschikbaar materiaal, welke dilemma’s op welke manier opgelost kunnen worden, waarbij zowel People, Profit als Planet moeten worden belicht. Er zijn punten te behalen door op alle onderdelen zo goed mogelijk te scoren. De groepen spelen niet tegen elkaar, maar moeten wel met elkaar debatteren om uiteindelijk tot een compromis te komen.

Van Oord case (English)

The demand for renewable energy is at an all time high. And so the offshore wind market is picking up again. The supply chain is limited right now and with a renewed view on sustainable installation, logistics is becoming quite a challenge.

Van Oord has won a project to install large jackets in the North Sea as foundations for the Wind turbines. The project has already started, but due to the difficult supplier market the logistics need to be re-evaluated. In this case, you are invited to convince the project manager of the “best” (for us and the environment) solution to get all the parts to the installation vessel.

GustoMSC case (english)

At GustoMSC we take pride in playing a significant role in the rise of offshore wind industry: approximately 75 % of all wind turbines in the North Sea are installed by jack-up vessels, designed by GustoMSC. The bottom-fixed offshore wind market has rapidly matured in Europe and is now starting to gain a foothold globally.

Bottom-fixed offshore wind is typically limited to shallow water as the foundation and installation become prohibitively expensive or technically unfeasible for water depths greater than 60 m.

Floating offshore wind turbines, featuring foundations that float, can harness the massive untapped wind resources in the deep oceans worldwide. The floaters that carry the wind turbines are moored to the seabed and can be deployed in water depths of up to 1,000 m. Floating technology is already technically feasible and has proven itself in a few high-profile demonstrator projects that have been operational for a few years.

However, to scale from demonstrator scale to commercial scale, the industry needs to standardize floater designs, make floaters suitable for mass manufacturing and establish a reliable global supply chain.

GustoMSC was an early-mover in floating wind and has a decade of experience in designing, engineering and validating a proprietary floating wind concept - the Tri-Floater. With the verification and validation of the 3 rd generation Tri-Floater design now complete, GustoMSC is ready to become a significant player in this new, exciting market.

To satisfy the worldwide demand for more and greener energy wind turbines are rapidly increasing in size and power. Whilst the first offshore wind turbines had a power of less than 1 MW, wind turbine OEMs have already announced plans for turbines with capacities of 14MW and beyond. Larger turbines naturally impact our floater design.

We would like to challenge you to think about the impact of turbine size on the design of a floating foundation. You will get insight into the trade-offs between several design aspects, such as floater shapes, dimensions, hydrodynamic behaviour and ease of manufacturing. Can you come up with an optimal design? See you there!