Wind Data Visualisation

This poster visualises wind data as recorded from a sensor located on a windmill. A real stakeholder (a wind data analyst) from a leading Danish consultancy was interviewed to understand key challenges in wind turbine design.

It is common in the Danish wind industry (and elsewhere) to record wind data for very small intervals of time. By understanding wind patterns in terms of properties such as acceleration and constancy, engineers are able to go beyond physical limitations of turbine design to evolve increasingly efficient and productive systems.

With over 20 sensors recording different parameters on a single windmill, analysts often face a veritable mountain of data (down to individual seconds). In this context, data visualisation facilitates comparison, causality and multivariant evidence becomes key. This poster describes briefly how some of these goals were met.

The delightful Wii remote was used in this experiment to mimic the sensor.