This paper describes a detailed investigation into structural effects on wind measured on an offshore platform. Squalls dominate the extreme wind regime in the West Africa region. The West Africa Gust (WAG) Joint Industry Project was initiated to provide critical new data to support engineering design. The WAG squall measurement system was carefully designed to characterise the horizontal and vertical structure of squall winds. A total of 8 anemometers were installed at various locations on a platform offshore Congo. This application required a high level of confidence in wind speed differences measured at separate locations. An intensive investigation into platform structural effects was undertaken using the in-situ data, supported by independent wind tunnel testing. This paper will explain how the wind tunnel results were effectively used to quantify structural contamination at each key anemometer location, for the full range of incident wind directions. The wind tunnel results were verified using empirical structural correction factors derived from the in-situ data. The study successfully established the required high level of confidence in the measured data, so that squall structure could be characterised for engineering design.

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