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Richard Walters, Environmental Survey Manager for Fugro Surveys Limited, was selected to present how they use VideoRay at the VideoRay International Partner Symposium.

VideoRay International Partner Symposium 2008

Phoenixville, PA – Richard Walters, Environmental Survey Manager for Fugro Surveys Limited located in Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom, was selected to present on how they use their VideoRay Pro 3 GTO to investigate specific small-scale biotopes which are used in larger broadscale habitat mapping surveys at the VideoRay International Partner Symposium in Galveston, Texas October 27-30, 2008.

Fugro’s mission is to be the world’s leading services provider in the collection and interpretation of data and the provision of advice related to the earth’s surface, the sea bed and the soil and rocks beneath. This mission is achieved by:

  • the provision of high-quality, innovative services;
  • professional, specialised employees;
  • advanced, generally state-of-the-art, often unique technologies and systems;
  • a worldwide presence in which the exchange of knowledge and expertise, both internally and with the client, plays a central role.

Fugro’s activities are carried out all over the world, onshore, offshore and from the air, and are primarily aimed at providing advice to the:

  • oil and gas industry;
  • mining industry and
  • construction industry.

    Fugro’s UK-based Environmental Department specialises in performing environmental baseline and monitoring surveys on the North West European Continental Shelf, the Arabian Gulf, the Mediterranean Sea, east and west Africa and the Far East region. We utilise a full range of environmental sampling and groundtruthing equipment including sediment grabs and corers, benthic trawls, water samplers and profilers, zooplankton and phytoplankton sampling equipment in addition to drop-down and towed high resolution digital video and stills cameras. We have used the VideoRay Pro 3 GTO in both the North Sea and the Arabian Gulf. We offer this system as an alternative solution to divers for use in broadscale biotope mapping as a complement to towed video cameras along transects.

    The title of Richard’s presentation is “The Application of Eyeball ROVs in Environmental Marine Habitat Mapping”.

    “This presentation will show how an eyeball ROV can be used to investigate specific small-scale biotopes as part of a larger broadscale habitat mapping survey. Using towed camera transects to identify specific areas of potential interest (e.g. coral communities, seagrass beds, mussel beds), the eyeball ROV was then used to further investigate these biotopes to provide information relating to community composition and structure, community health, coral recruitment, and other important factors not able to be revealed using towed or drop down photography. Video footage will be used to illustrate the benefit of this dual approach.”


    Richard Walters
    Environmental Survey Manager
    Fugro Survey Limited,
    Morton, Peto Road,
    Great Yarmouth, NR31 0LT, United Kingdom


    Telephone: +44 (0) 1493 414400
    Mobile: +44 (0) 7801 252972
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    Website: www.fugrosurvey.co.uk

    Company No. SC066833 / VAT No. GB296970789
    Registered Office 34 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1FW

    Related Article – Upswing in Environmental Survey Activity (Fugro’s Cross Section On-Line, Issue 07, 2007)