Do you ever wonder how a ship or oil rig stays in one location? Or how captains of these large sea faring vessels know how much is required to ground and secure them? Well, the folks at Stewart Technology Associates (STA) have develop programs to help render computer model for anchor analysis, so during the operation of these large vessels, can have the precise tool for stationary operation. The anchor analysis software helps with three areas, first analyzing the sea floor conditions for anchor drag, wave and current strength. All of this information then renders a model of these conditions to inform the crew what conditions their current anchor system can withstand. With how eco aware we are today and the increasing demand for fossil fuels, structures have become increased in scale, calling for stronger and safer anchoring system and ways to analyses as well as maintain. As well as keeping drilling systems from failing and spilling oil into the sea.
STA has been operating for three decades, with trained experts in the felid of mooring analysis. Utilizing Orcina’s OrcaFlex, the latest and one of the most powerful software use today, to handle all of their maritime contracts. With this STA has earned a highly regarded reputation among the community.
History of Software
In the past nine years STA has been at the forefront of anchor technology, starting with their first program developed for the US Navy in 1988, was developed to accurately calculate geometry and tension distribution of the anchor chain on the sea floor. Their second program was developed for the prediction of the drag an anchor would face for factors regarding weight and soil, being released in 1991. In 1995 VLCs (Vertically Loaded Anchors) systems allowed engineers to properly make analysis of a variety of anchor types.
Other services offered
Now STA isn’t just the focused on anchor analysis, STA offer multiple other software’s to help with a verity of other maritime structural concerns. They also provide Design analysis for large structures such as oil rigs to watch over their structural integrity. Another one is Hydrodynamic Analysis, which is crucial in open waters, determining whether a structure can handle certain weather and wave conditions, to avoid capsizing. This also includes better riser design to prevent any environmental disasters caused by spills. Unfortunately, spills can happen, even when consulting with experts to help prevent any incident. But, since the 2010 BP oil spill, new clean up methods have been developed to combat such things. STA supports new techniques developed by Penn state for oil spill cleanup.
The importance of predicting disaster
STA is committed at developing software that can provide accurate depiction of all sea faring structures. To ensure that disaster be minimized, while allowing you predict what a structure can reasonably handle in a verity of situations. Now STA may not be the only ones in the maritime business, but, with the experience and well trained teams behind them, STA has earned their recension form years of quality service and state of the art technologies.