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SEP Hydrographic Limited was founded in 2020 to meet the needs of a growing client base. Based in Skelmersdale, near Liverpool, United Kingdom, their senior management team benefits from more than 45 years of experience in hydrographic and geophysical survey.
SEP Hydrographic utilises high-resolution 3D scanning technology, providing unparalleled data quality both above and below the waterline. It works with clients from various
sectors to offer general asset integrity inspection and monitoring, post-storm or damage event surveys, and pre-construction engineering surveys. Their combined land and marine service offering allow the delivery of an efficient, integrated solution to their clients.
SEP frequently operates in ports and harbours, which are often high multipath environments, with large structures in the vicinity of the survey area. These areas can also cause GNSS masking and dropouts, as well as correction telemetry issues. Therefore, it is necessary to use a solution that provides robust positioning and orientation in all scenarios. So, when faced with the challenge of performing an asset inspection in the confines of Perth Harbour, Scotland, SEP chose Applanix.
The SEP Hydrographic vessel, the MV Pulsar, is a 7.2m shallow drafted catamaran, which carries Category 3 certification under the current MCA Code of Practice for Small Workboats and Pilot Boats. The vessel is equipped with a BlueView Scanning Sonar, Carlson Laser Scanner and a NORBIT WBMS Multibeam system, paired with an Applanix POS MV OceanMaster.
With GNSS and real-time correction outages, which is an issue when surveying quay walls, SEP has Applanix POSPac MMS IN-Fusion SmartBase and SingleBase processing modes at their disposal.
“Our confidence in this methodology is often validated in cases where vessel mounted LiDAR is complemented with Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS). Post-processed dynamically acquired data
has always matched TLS data, which is typically referenced to a network of survey control points, where both sensors capture the same objects or structures,” says SEP Hydrographic.