Southern Region Evening Meeting

Southern Region
Date14 June 2018
Time17:00 - 20:00
VenueRICS Lecture Hall, Parliament Square, SW1P 3AD

This meeting is being hosted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

All members and visitors welcome. There will be no charge for attendance but pre-registration is essential


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17:00 - Assemble in RICS Lecture Hall

18:00 - Presentations

Survey challenges in the construction of the second Suez Canal
by Sjoerd van den Brom, General Manager Survey, Royal Boskalis Westminster

Sjoerd van den Brom graduated from Amsterdam Nautical college in 1986 where he studied Hydrography. He started his career with Boskalis in 1989 as a field surveyor and worked on various international projects, including the Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok airport until 1995. He then transferred to Boskalis Netherlands in a supervisory role overseeing mainly inland dredging and shore protection projects. From 2000 onwards he held various managerial positions in the Boskalis headoffice . His current role is General Manager Survey, responsible for all Survey within the Royal Boskalis Westminster group.

In his presentation Sjoerd van den Brom will discuss the execution of the building of the second Suez canal. This project was very special in many ways, the excavation effort was huge, the logistics involved unheard of and the associated survey effort and challenges one of a kind.

A range of marine survey techniques used to support the installation of a submarine telecommunications cable on a congested seabed, within the coastal zone
by Ross Taylor, Business Development Manager, A-2-Sea Solutions Ltd

A-2-Sea Solutions discuss the marine survey techniques required to provide cable installers and coastal engineers with the information required to install a submarine fibre optic cable.

Geophysical survey techniques are used throughout the planning, preparation, clearance and installation stages of a project. Pre-existing and publicly available survey data can be used during the desktop study phase to identify existing seabed infrastructure (pipelines, power cables) and obstacles (wrecks). A range of aerial and marine survey techniques provide baseline survey data to identify seabed surface obstacles which are key in the initial stages of cable route engineering. The results of a UXO-mitigation survey impact greatly on the proposed route and installation methodology. There are various challenges and constraints faced with cable installations in the coastal zone, including the presence of strong tidal currents, existing infrastructure, local stakeholders and permitting.

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