Character Spotlight ‘Andrews Survey’

Introducing Andrews Survey, here’s a little bit about them:

Company NameAndrews Survey

LocationOur office is in Aberdeen, Scotland but our work takes place at sea anywhere in the world.

Why is it important for your company to help Get Kids into Survey? A job surveying the underwater world is not something kids are made aware of at school, college or university. To ensure the future of our work and to encourage our younger generations to join us we need to raise awareness and that’s exactly what Get Kids into Survey are doing.

What do you do? I’m a survey engineer and my job is to make sure all the cool survey gear that we use to map the ocean floor is installed correctly on the boat or underwater vehicle (ROV). My colleagues, who work offshore, work onboard boats in every corner of the world using high tech equipment, some of which is used in space travel! We use this equipment to help install those wind farms you see out at sea. Other uses are for mapping the seabed so vessels can navigate the seas safely by avoiding shallow water or hazards like wrecks on the sea floor. More recently we have been out searching for treasure on old sunken ships, the location of which I’m not allowed to tell you!

How long have you been in the survey industry? Myself, 25 years and still enjoying every second. Seen most parts of the world and met some weird and wacky people along the way, I should write a book…

How did you end up getting into the geospatial industry? I’ve always loved the sea and the secrets that is hides with more than 80% of the ocean still unexplored. I studied Electrical Engineering at University and this has certainly helped me get to grips with the technology we use. There are many difference ways you can get into our line of work and the STEM subjects you’ll learn at school or beyond are an ideal platform.

State a funny fact about youAlthough we navigate the seas, I’m forever getting lost on land!

Favourite piece of kit and why? It has to be the Multibeam echosounder (MBES), look it up online, which we use to map and visualise the sea floor with. In the darkest depths where there is no light we can use the MBES to create some amazing 3D images of the seabed and discover it’s hidden secrets like shipwrecks.

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How did you choose the character and what does he/she/it represent? Mean to you? What’s his/her name? Our character is called Ted named after our founding father Ted Andrews. Ted is a survey engineer who is responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of all the survey equipment we use, onshore and offshore. So he has a very important role to play in the success of our business.