hydrographic surveying

Surveying for the Unknown

The mainstream news has been filled with stories of hydrographic surveys recently. Readers may not realize that a major foreign news story that has developed over the past few months has completely hinged on bathymetric surveys similar to those completed by Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc.

Half a world away, news outlets have been focused on a patch of ocean north of Australia and efforts to locate an airplane that vanished. This news article published by Hydro International discusses one more in a long line of bathymetric surveys in an effort to locate Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

The effort, involved a series of hydrographic surveys covering a 60,000-square kilometer section of ocean where the remains of the aircraft, which was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, are believed to have ended up. The project will take extensive study to complete.

Search parties are still being coordinated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to find important debris left over from the crash, especially any flight recorders that may shed some light on the reason why the airliner went down. Two vessels, one from Australia and one contracted from China, will be used to complete the surveys.

Family members of the missing are still waiting to find out what happened to their loved ones. When seen in this light, hydrographic and bathymetric surveys can be incredibly important for those seeking closure.

Here at Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc., we are well aware that our work is important to our clients. A survey to support a land transaction or near shore construction could contribute to a project that is critical to a safe and successful project for a property owner. Collecting the facts is a good way to identify the unknown issues associated with problems hidden under water. If you’re looking for a conscientious survey team in the state of Texas, contact our professional staff. We can perform land and bathometric surveys using a wide array of technologies, giving us a range of techniques that can support your development project.