Marie-Antoinette Schwarzkopf

Project Engineer

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What makes working at Ramboll special for you? 

What was decisive for me was the young and dynamic team and the open exchange across departments. Together with the other teams, we cover a broad field of knowledge, which allows us to learn a lot from each other and bring different perspectives to the projects. In research projects, the goal is often clear, but the path to it is open. This offers the possibility to develop concepts and methods and to pursue new approaches. For me it is especially exciting to try out and implement my own creative ideas.

What does your working day look like? 

I work in our office in Hamburg and am involved in several projects at the same time. These include commercial projects as well as research projects, which can have very different timelines. Our area covers many topics, which means that my tasks are very varied and can range from organizational project management tasks to load calculations and programming tasks. My daily work is characterized by phases in which I work on projects on my own and times in which many arrangements within the team are necessary. Last year, I completed an EU project for which I had previously travelled several times within Europe to meet with the project partners. This variety is important to me as it strengthens the international professional network.

What are topics you are currently working on?

What we are currently working on as a team is how to optimize the operating phase of offshore wind farms in the future. The goal is to save immense costs by avoiding unnecessary maintenance campaigns. This is achieved by monitoring the turbine in such a way that the condition of each component is known at all times. This allows the planning of operations on the high seas when one of these components requires maintenance. The construction of a digital twin, which reflects the real conditions of the plant in the sea, contributes an important part to this task. In concrete terms, I am working on an EU-funded research project on floating wind turbines. We look at the challenges during the operating phase and how proven methods can be adapted. We are also investigating innovative maintenance strategies, such as the "tow-in" strategy, in which the floating turbine is towed into the harbour for maintenance.