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Onshore and River Survey
The use of portable Multibeam systems provides near real time depth contouring and 3D Digital Terrain Models.

Offshore Marine Survey
Our Offshore  Marine Surveys provide wide swathe Single and Multibeam  bathymetry and imagery complete with acoustic sediment classification. This process provides real-time information to facilitate deep and shallow water site investigation, rivers, estuaries and dredging support.

  • Single/Multibeam Bathymetry
  • Seabed contour mapping
  • Seabed Classification
  • Sub-bottom Profiling
  • Target Detection

A wide swathe bathymetry survey produces 3-dimensional  datasets of ultra-high resolution single/Multibeam bathymetry and imagery. These results are repeatable and accurately provide 100% coverage. Multibeam technology fulfills the IHO (International Hydrographic Organization) legislative requirement  while also improving cost efficiency, coverage and knowledge.

Acoustic sediment classification can be derived from the backscatter imagery datasets that are produced by the ultra-high resolution Multibeam system. These datasets are automated and processed to create 3- dimensional maps of sediment classification. This acoustic method of determining seafloor sediment is conducted simultaneously during the wide swathe hydrographic survey thus covering the entire survey area and is vastly more efficient than conventional visual or mechanical methods.

Bathymetric surveys provide information  about the unique shape and features of submerged terrain, which can be used to develop detailed maps of the riverbed, lakebed, or seafloor. Multibeam bathymetry is used to provide high-resolution surveys across a wide area. It is more cost effective in deeper water conditions, since the width of the swathe is proportional  to water depth. The swathe width that can be measured equates to approx. eight times the water depth. These surveys are conducted simultaneously with side scan sonar and sub bottom profiling systems to carry out geophysical surveys for obtaining seabed morphology and sub sea bed sediment data.

Geotechnical Survey Services

  • Cone Penetrometer Tests (CPT)
    • In-situ real-time data
      • Shear strength
      • Pore pressure
  • Acoustic sediment classification & seismic profiling data used for interpolation between measurement locations
  • Coring (drop, vibro, box)
  • Grab sampling
  • Drop down video

Visual Inspection Survey

Subsea Visual Inspection Surveys are carried out using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) that provide video and still images. Our system operates with multiple cameras and survey sensors to provide our clients with added value. Our subsea inspection  services provide support  for the following subsea operations:-

  • Anchor drop point control
  • Tripods, templates and jacket installation
  • Pile installation
  • Wellhead and manifolds
  • Pipelines, cables and umbilical cables
  • Platforms and sub-sea installations
  • Pipe-lay support and touchdown monitoring
  • As-laid and As-Built surveys

Wave, current & metrological monitoring

Current meters and current profilers

  • Direct reading
  • Self-recording
  • GDS SM&RT Remote telemetry
  • Metrological monitoring
  • Wind speed & direction
  • Temperature
  • Barometric pressure
  • Solar radiation
  • Precipitation
  • Humidity

Onshore Survey Vessels
Geo-Development Services utilises several Nigerian flagged vessels.These vessels are available to charter for Geophysical Exploration, Oilfield Survey, Diving and Civil Engineering Projects.

Typical applications

  • 2D or 3D Seismic
  • Geophysical Surveys
  • Geotechnical Surveys
  • Scientific & Environmental Support Operations
  • Site Surveys
  • Marine Civil Engineering Projects
  • Oilfield Engineering Surveys
  • Diving Operations

Offshore Survey Vessels
Geo-Development  Services utilises a broad variety of vessels depending  upon the survey operations from seismic, geotechnical, ROV through to barges for construction or civil engineering support. We also operate the flexibility of mobile spreads. These fully equipped containerized systems allow for vessels of opportunity to be mobilized with acquisition, data processing and workshop capabilities.


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