The Met Office’s customers use location/site-specific weather information to make business and safety-critical decisions based on configurable threshold triggers. To improve this service, the Met Office asked us about replacing the usual 6-page fax with a PDF, which customers would receive as an auto-email. A PDF alone would only improve accessibility, so we proposed a plan to increase the actual value of the data, which would in turn enhance the Met Office’s competitive advantage.
What we did
Scottish Power partnered with the Met Office in a new service pilot. They needed to know exactly what to expect, weather-wise, hours in advance to whole days ahead, to safely plan wind-farm maintenance work. We worked with the control centre teams to understand how the data was being used. After observing and collaborating, we designed and built a web-based tool that did all the data translation for them. It visualised the meaning of the data, and enabled instant recognition of impending weather events in real time.
How it helped
Scottish Power are saving time and money with this tool. They can accurately plan maintenance by facilitating multi-weather element scenario modelling for different forecast resolutions (from 2 hours to 5 days). On-site maintenance safety has improved too, as control centre staff can instantly identify potential site problems via colour-coded pins on an interactive map. This lets them check the event details in order to make appropriate changes to work plans, or alert the on-site teams.