Helideck Monitoring - Building a Platform for Safe Landings

Helideck Monitoring - Building a Platform for Safe Landings

Weather conditions have a critical impact on all offshore operations, and on helicopter traffic and helideck operations in particular. Hundreds of take-offs in severe weather conditions happen all the time as most operating companies rely on helicopters to transport their crews sometimes hundreds of kilometers out to sea.

Safeguard your personnel - your most valuable asset – and avoid costly and frustrating flight interruptions by offering your helicopter service provider accurate weather and motion data from Vaisala – the weather provider that the aviation community relies on, worldwide. 

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Ensure Safe Offshore Helideck Operations

Helideck monitoring systems provide accurate weather and helideck motion data to help operators avoid costly and frustrating delays and support safer flight operations. They provide real-time information on parameters such as barometric pressure, cloud height and coverage, wind speed and direction, air temperature, dew point, relative humidity, horizontal visibility, and motion.

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Know the Weather to the Last Detail

Operations on platforms, FPSOs, drillships, and supply vessels are all highly weather critical. In addition to helicopter traffic control, also offshore loading, subsea operations, supply vessel loading/unloading and crane operations require accurate weather and sea state information – 24/7. We can deliver it all in one reliable package with life-cycle support and easy upgrades, and the ability to handle projects of any size.

View of oil and gas platform in the middle of the sea with background blue sky and helicopter approaching to helideck.

Building a Platform for Safe Landings

The critical impact of weather conditions on offshore operations, and helicopter traffic and helideck operations in particular, makes accurate and reliable environmental monitoring a vital tool for ensuring safety and efficiency. Read our expert's blog about Role of Weather-Monitoring, Motion-Measurement, and Helideck Standards in Ensuring Safe Offshore Operations published first in Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine no11/12, 2014.

Helideck Monitoring System and Products

The advanced operator's software includes a real-time data display, reporting tools, and critical alarms to enable the operator to make better informed decisions during critical weather situations. Optional sensors include helideck motion sensor, wave height sensor and lightning detection. 

View of oil and gas platform in the middle of the sea with background blue sky and helicopter approaching to helideck.

Vaisala Helideck Monitoring System

The unique Vaisala Helideck Monitoring System (HMS) provides accurate information on the prevailing weather and helideck motion to ensure effective flight planning and safe landings on offshore installations. Measurements are based on Vaisala’s world-class, reliable sensor technology, which is integrated into weather stations designed specifically for offshore weather monitoring. Helideck Monitoring System (HMS) provides real-time information on the prevailing weather to support safe and successful helicopter operations in offshore environment. Vaisala Helideck Monitoring Software provides real-time data, data storage, reporting tools and critical alarms.

  • Measurements are based on the reliable and virus-free Vaisala AWS430 Automatic Weather Station built on the state of the art Vaisala Sensor Technology.
  • Vaisala Technology is world famous and trusted already for decades by the aviation community.
  • Vaisala Helideck Monitoring System is dependable complying with CAP437 standard, relevant ICAO regulations & WMO recommendations.
  • Vaisala has global presence and the industry's widest sales and service network meaning smooth operations for our customers via short response and delivery times.

Products available in Helideck Monitoring System

Vaisala Maritime Observation System AWS430

An automatic weather station designed for maritime environments such as ports, ships, and offshore platforms. The system is designed to withstand the salty and wet conditions that prevail aboard ships and platforms as well as the freeze/thaw conditions...

Vaisala WINDCAP® Ultrasonic Wind Sensor WMT700

Vaisala WINDCAP® Ultrasonic Wind Sensor WMT700 Series is a robust and reliable ultrasonic anemometer. It measures surface wind, which is one of the key parameters for meteorology and aviation.

Radiation Shield Series DTR500

Naturally ventilated Shield Series DTR500 are solar radiation and precipitation shields supporting humidity probe installations in outdoor applications. Shield protects temperature and humidity probes from scattered, as well as, direct solar radiation and...

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Vaisala's PWD-series of present weather detectors and visibility sensors provide you off-the-shelf accuracy and reliability

Vaisala Ceilometer CL31

Vaisala Ceilometer CL31 measures cloud base height and vertical visibility in all weather - good or bad. Backscatter profiling performance and reliability in all weather conditions up to 25,000 feet (7.6 km).

Oceanographic Measurements

Oceanographic sensors from the carefully selected partners.
Wave radars for wave height, period, direction, sea level, air gap and tide measurement, Sensors for sea conductivity, temperature and salinity measurement, Ocean current meters and profilers for...

Vaisala Global Lightning Dataset GLD360 is data as a service that provides real-time lightning data for accurate and early detection and tracking of severe weather. The data provided is generated by a Vaisala owned and operated world-wide lightning detection sensor network.

Global Lightning Dataset GLD360

Vaisala Global Lightning Dataset GLD360 is data as a service that provides real-time lightning data for accurate and early detection and tracking of severe weather. The data provided is generated by a Vaisala owned and operated world-wide lightning...

Monitor and warn on approaching severe weather and lightning discharges

Thunderstorm Manager

When it is your job to keep operations running efficiently, protect assets, or worry about the safety of people when severe weather approaches, you need easy access to timely and accurate information. Vaisala thunderstorm tracking systems have been...

Helideck Monitoring Software MCC437

Vaisala Helideck Monitoring Software MCC437 is used for displaying, storing, editing, and reporting the meteorological and environmental measurement data needed for planning helideck operations as well as for general weather information on vessels and...