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Wind Turbine Simulation Analyst

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Job Title: Wind Turbine Simulation Analyst
Job Area: Digital Solutions
Salary: Competitive salary package
Job Location: Bristol, UK
Posted: 01/10/2020
Closing Date: 30/10/2020

Bladed provides the worldwide wind turbine industry with a design tool that has been extensively validated against measured data from a wide range of turbines. It is the industry-leading wind turbine loads analysis software.

The Bladed team is seeking a wind turbine simulation analyst to take a lead on the testing, verification and communication of new engineering features. The aims of the role are to maximise the quality of engineering developments before commercial release, and to investigate customer queries and issues that arise during development or via customer support. A great opportunity to learn about aero-elastic software development, contribute to commercial quality software, and drive forward Bladed’s profile in the industry. The successful candidate will be someone who is able to see and contextualise engineering issues from the customer’s perspective. They will be comfortable discussing with and learning from in-house and industry experts.

Current areas of focus for the Bladed engineering code include improving the simulation speed, developing new interfaces to other offshore analysis packages (e.g. Sesam) and improving the structural dynamic modelling for blades and offshore jacket structures. Each feature needs to be thoroughly verified and tested by a wind turbine analyst before release.

In the role you will:

Analyse and test

  • Analyse and enhance new engineering features and define and execute testing to ensure they meet quality standards and the customers’ needs
  • Test new features against hand calculation and documented theory. Maintain and expand test data sets when new usage scenarios are encountered
  • Compare results against other software (e.g. SACS, Sesam, Orcaflex, HAWC2)
  • Verify interfaces with other software (e.g. Sesam, SACS)
  • Run sets of load calculations to understand the effect of new features on turbine loading
  • Maintain and improve the automated test framework and regularly analyse and understand the impact of changes to the models / code
  • Support users and communicate

  • Support Bladed users in their work by helping them investigate unexpected results and find solutions to modelling issues
  • Present results of your analysis internally and externally (e.g. at industry conferences)
  • Create and maintain engineering feature communications for use in release notes, test reports and product help documentation
  • Contribute to the capturing of new requirements through discussion with users and other engineering experts

  • As a member of an agile software development team you will:

  • Participate in daily scrums, planning sessions, sprint reviews and retrospectives.
  • Develop skills in multiple technologies and Agile methodologies
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of the team and its ways of working
  • Position Qualifications:

    Technical Expertise and Qualifications:


  • 2:1 degree or above in Engineering, Physics or related discipline
  • Working knowledge of at least some of the engineering domains for Bladed (e.g. structural dynamics, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, numerical analysis)
  • Desirable:

  • Experience of commercial engineering software testing
  • Understanding of wind turbine dynamics and load calculations
  • Experience using wind turbine design software (e.g. Bladed, FAST, HAWC2 etc)
  • Experience using scripting languages such as Python

  • Professional skills:

  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn new domain knowledge to thoroughly test features
  • Enthusiastic and motivated to help the customer achieve their aims

  • Effective communication:

  • Fluent in spoken and written English (at least CEFR C1 level)
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively and seeks understanding of other views
  • Confident in discussion with customers and external stakeholders
  • Is keen to build good personal and professional relationships within the department, company, and externally, and collaborate to create results.
  • Company & Business Area Description:

    DNV GL is a world-leading provider of digital solutions for managing risk and improving safety and asset performance for ships, pipelines, processing plants, offshore structures, electric grids, smart cities and more.
    Our open industry platform Veracity, cyber security and software solutions support business-critical activities across many industries, including maritime, energy and healthcare.
    Equal Opportunity Statement:

    DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to gender, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, cultural background, social group, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age or political opinion. Diversity is fundamental to our culture and we invite you to be part of this diversity!

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