Oil Patch Bits: Fugro establishes hydrography center in Houston
Fugro recently announced plans to establish a hydrography center of excellence for the Americas, supporting its strategic focus on growth in this market sector. Utilizing specialist resources that include autonomous vessels and aircraft, integrated data acquisition techniques, remote processing and large data transfer, the focus is on reducing risk, increasing accuracy and streamlining project timelines for clients.
The Houston-based center will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, including nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims. With continued delivery excellence as its objective, Fugro is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary geophysical and geotechnical techniques to benefit a wide range of applications including resource development, infrastructure siting, coastal management and emergency response.
Establishing the hydrography center of excellence is part of Fugro’s reorganization of its hydrography services in the Americas, relocating key staff and assets from its San Diego office to its U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas. Consolidating resources to regional hubs that house a wider range of geophysical and geotechnical offerings is part of Fugro’s global effort to meet customer needs more efficiently.
“The need for hydrography services continues to increase,” said Fugro USA President Ed Saade. He cited as evidence the company’s recent collection of more than 1 million km˛ of high resolution bathymetry data annually, as well as involvement with seabed mapping initiatives such as the Shell Discovery XPRIZE and Seabed 2030. “Our new structure will allow us to meet growing demands for hydrography data, participate in important industry programs and maintain focus on our core customers, most specifically NOAA.”