India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has commissioned Fugro to carry out a bathymetric survey along the Andhra Pradesh coast in south-eastern India. The survey will facilitate the Indian Government’s plans to develop and manage the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to benefit the coastal community and protect marine living resources. The data will also be used for a range of scientific research projects and coastal resilience studies like assessment of coastal vulnerabilities and geohazard potential and ocean climate change.
The six-month project started in November 2021. Fugro will survey around 56,000-line kilometres of coastline in total, collecting bathymetric data in water depths between High Tide Line (HTL) and 30 m.
To gather insights about the seabed, Fugro’s specialist team is using a shallow-water boat equipped with a dual frequency echosounder and a differential global positioning system for data acquisition. For safe and efficient surveying in very shallow water (up to 5 m) and the surf zone area, the Fugro team is going to use jet ski equipped with Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) and a single beam echosounder. Real-time kinematic positioning (RTK) technology is being used for topography survey.
Dr G A Ramadass, NIOT Director, said: ”We are very keen to maximise the benefits of Fugro’s innovative technologies, which will deliver high levels of data quality and accuracy.”
Mr. Bibhu Nayak, Fugro Country Manager in India, said: ”We are honoured to be part of this prestigious project, which will help strengthen our relationship with the NIOT.”
Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full lifecycle.
Employing approximately 9000 talented people in 59 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy, infrastructure and water industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2021, revenue amounted to EUR 1.5 billion. Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.