Ahead of the launch of their new business "Storm Geomarine" MD Mike Hopkins visited the huge show Oceanology International at London's Excel. The exhibition broke all records as it saw the largest attendance in its series with approximately 8400 people attending. There were 528 exhibiting companies displaying a variety of marine technologies that are deployed in the many industries that now operate at sea. There were also some very smart looking survey vessels moored up alongside the exhibition hall in Queen Victoria Dock (which Storm Geomatics surveyed for the London Cable Car project), the one pictured here is one of GEO XYZ's fleet "GEOSURVEYOR X". Mike spoke to a number of marine professionals at the exhibition and received some very positive feedback about the need for good quality surveys in the coastal zone. Storm Geomarine have a unique set of skills when capturing data in the coastal zone and the business will be launched at GeoBusiness on 28th May 2014.
Meanwhile a boat with completely different characteristics but similar purposes was launched by hand on Eccup Reservoir in Yorkshire. The reservoir contains drinking water and is used as a supply source for Yorkshire Water. The brief was to extend a topographical survey out into the reservoir where a new siphon pipe was to be installed at a depth of 11m. Our surveyors hold water hygiene qualifications and used an electric outboard on their sterilized aluminium boat to capture the bed levels of the reservoir. The data was then integrated into the existing topographic survey so the full design could be completed.