Horizon Geosciences

Survey and geotechnical services


Horizon supports the Utilities industry by providing the following services to our clients:

  • Pre-engineering route surveys

Prior to any installation of subsea utilities, a detailed pre-engineering route survey is required. This will use bathymetry to chart the seafloor, geophysics to interpret the sub-seabed stratigraphy in theĀ surface layers and assess any hazard to installation and a magnetic survey to analyse the presence of ferrous materials such as UXO.

Additionally, an ROV can be deployed to review the environmental conditions along the route. Shallow sampling such as CPT, grab sampling or vibrocoring is performed at regular intervals along the route to ground truth the geophysical survey data which allows integrated reporting of both geophysical and geotechnical data sets. This information will be used to select the most appropriate route and plan the installation activities.

  • As-laidĀ  / as-built surveys

As the installation barge is laying the utility, Horizon continuously provides precise positioning and visual identification from a ROV of the subsea installation activities. The accurate positioning of where the utility is installed is critical for future developments and nautical charting.

  • Post engineering surveys

The post engineering route survey will be conducted to verify that the utility is installed correctly and will focus on free-span measurement, depth of burial assessment, debris clearance and the positional accuracy of the installed utility.