Weather ForeSight is a worksite and mining operation tool to mitigate against adverse weather. It allows an analysis of expected site weather conditions during the planning phase, followed by the early warning of adverse conditions during construction and operations phase.
It can be used to:
Generate robust estimates of inclement weather and weather downtimes during a planning and tender phase;
Optimise construction scheduling to mitigate weather downtime, shifting activities to have the most resilience to seasonal trends, reducing delays, costs and programme lengths;
Manage live weather risks using advanced weather forecasting and decision support tools;
Offer a site runoff predictions based on earthworks and upcoming weather forecasts;
Demonstrate proactive risk management to clients, financiers and insurers.
Our Project Planner can be used during initial phases of a project to evaluate the expected weather conditions, identify work windows, and quantify project delays. It can be used be used to generate estimates of the expected inclement weather and potential downtime over the project duration.
Root cause analysis
During the detailed design stage it can be used to analyse construction sequences. Using Gantt charts and weather thresholds each activity can be assessed in a “gaming” simulation based on historic site conditions to identify which activities are likely to cause the most impact.
Weather ForeSight can evaluate the effect of various strategies and construction sequences. This can be used to explore the consequences of different strategies on overall project duration and cost, such as the influence of plant or start date (e.g. March to October v January to December). It can be used to demonstrate at the tender stage why your preferred construction sequence will offer the client the least risk to deadlines and cost blowouts.
Once construction activities are underway the Weather ForeSight alert system can provide up-to-date information on the upcoming weather risks. These can be used to manage on-site Health and Safety, and the risks to the third parties, public infrastructure and environmental receptors.
Information streamed to the Weather Forecasting Centre is compared against pre-established activity tolerances such as safe wind speed or rainfall intensity. Alerts are then issued to a variety of media, including phones, text/sms, ipads, computers etc, to provide timely warnings and allow greater confidence in decision making. This could include proactive decisions to manage construction risks, shift plant, consider alternative activities, change material deliveries, move stockpiles, or close the site.
Dynamic earthworks runoff forecasts
Daily weather updates can include advanced analysis of runoff from earthworks and stormwater, predicting the impacts to third parties and environmental areas.
New earthworks cross sections can be incorporated into a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) as surveyed. The DEM is linked to upcoming rainfall forecasts and simulated overnight. The resulting runoff flow paths and flood risks are then emailed to site foremen daily, allowing mitigation strategies put in place.