Horizon Geosciences

Survey and geotechnical services


Horizon performs hydrographic surveys to IHO standards to gather seabed and sub-seabed data required for navigational, engineering and design purposes. The data is used for:

  • Site characterisation
  • Chart the seafloor
  • Locate man-made and natural objects (debris, shipwrecks, UXO, subsea structures, coral reefs)
  • Pre / post engineering surveys
  • Pipeline and cable route surveys
  • Dredging support, port and harbour developments and coastal infrastructure

Our fleet of offshore and nearshore vessels combined with our airborne LiDAR service allows us to perform bathymetric and topographic surveys extending from the deep ocean, through the intertidal and nearshore areas through to onshore.

Hydrographic surveys are typically required for:

  • Oil and gas fields
  • Windfarm developments
  • Coastal and intertidal zones
  • Navigation
  • Ports and harbours
  • Environmentally sensitive areas
  • Geochemistry

These surveys may include data relevant to:

  • Pre-engineering requirements
  • Obstruction avoidance
  • Navigational charts
  • Environmental impact studies
  • Dredging support
  • Hazard surveys

We digitally plan all surveys and present this to our client prior to mobilisation ensuring that the client’s needs are fully addressed. Client specific charting may include bathymetric data correlated to geophysical (sub-bottom profiling and magnetometer) data. All charting is conducted utilizing industry leading software and the final charts produced are tailored to the client’s requirements. All charts can be produced in GIS and hard copy.

Charting standards

Horizon produces bathymetric charts to the following international standards:

  • IHO S44
  • IHO S57
  • General Instructions for Hydrographic Surveys (GIHS)
  • GIS deliverables to OGP/IMCA Seabed Survey Data Model (SSDM) or client’s specific geo-database schematic formats