Construction of the hundreds of gigawatts of offshore wind plant forecast to take place globally in the coming decades “won’t happen” without the adoption of development strategies rooted in digital modelling that also take new approaches to collaboration, according to the CEO of engineering consultancy Wood Thilsted, which has had a hand in almost 7GW of projects off Europe, including the giant Dogger Bank complex in the North Sea.

“It is easy to basically stack up a load of conservative parameters [in scoping development of a wind farm] and say something is impossible.