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MDC visit the Russian Icebreaker vessel “Akademik Trysnikov” (22 March 2017)

MDC visited the Russian icebreaker in Cape Town port, organised by the Hydrographic Society of South Africa. The “Akademik Trysnikov” has just completed her Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) programme for the Swiss Polar Institute. Research focus was on the recent freshening of the Southern Ocean. An interesting visit, and a reminder to us all how

MDC sign Valeport Reseller Agency (28 February 2017)

MDC are pleased to announce that our Valeport reseller agency has been extended until 31 December 2017. MDC look forward to continue to sell, support and train our local Clients using quality Valeport products.

MDC Team-builder – Felix Unite, Breede River (10 – 14 February 2017)

The entire MDC team and immediate family (excluding Andrew Birkett – who was getting married in Sweden and unavailable to attend), enjoyed a fun-filled adventure weekend on the Breede River. Activities included river rafting, abseiling, zip-lining, fishing and adventure competitions. Fun was had by all, and we hope to repeat a similar Team-builder in 2018!

Andrew Birkett and Maria-Pia Szaruk are married! (7 February 2017)

MDC are pleased to announce that Andrew and Ia have finally tied the knot! Congratulations and best wishes from the entire team at MDC.

Nick Herrington (MDC Project Manager) graduates from UCT Business School (January 2017)

MDC are pleased to announce that Nick has successfully completed his Advanced Diploma in Business Project management at the University of Cape Town. Congratulations Nick – all those long nights of burning the midnight oil have finally paid off!

MDC purchase DJI Inspire-1 UAV Drone (18 October 2016)

MDC now own and operate a DJI Inspire-1 UAV drone for aerial photogrammetry surveys. We expect this equipment will be invaluable for surveying the nearshore coastal topography, particularly beaches, tidal mud flats and breakwaters – which are often difficult to survey using conventional echo-sounding techniques. The high-resolution topographic RGB DTM’s produced from the photogrammetry will

MDC Friday Lunch Braai and Black Sea Survey Presentation (30 September 2016, MDC Office)

Andrew Birkett gave a fascinating presentation of the preliminary findings from the recent MMT survey of the Black Sea and historical wreck sites on board the Stril Explorer. The survey included an international team, involving the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology, funded by the Expedition and Education Foundation (EFF).

Geodetic Training Workshop (15-16 June 2016, MDC Office)

The MDC survey team were given a dedicated 2-day Geodetic Workshop by Richard Wannacott, Geodetic Specialist at Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd. Richard took us through Geoids, Ellipsoids, Reference Systems and Projections as applied to geodesy and surveying in general. He then ended the Workshop by expanding on the principles of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

MDC attend Oceanology International, Excel, London (15-17 March 2016)

Gordon Rigg and Nick Herrington attended OI 2016. OI proved yet again, that no other exhibition and conference hosts such a diverse array of players in ocean technology. OI gives us the chance to re-connect with manufacturers, suppliers and clients alike.

New address: 108 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek, South Africa

New “Home” for Marine Data Consultants (3 March 2016)

MDC moved into our new office at 108 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek. The new premises now means we have all services and equipment under a single roof, with ample space for continued growth. We celebrated the special occasion with staff, colleagues, clients, suppliers, friends and family joining us for a Champagne breakfast on 11 March.

Team Builder Multibeam Training Course Little Brazil, South Africa

MDC Team-Builder and Multibeam Training Course, Little Brazil, South Africa (12-17 Jan 2016)

MDC had a very successful team-builder up the West Coast of South Africa. All available staff, including our survey vessel MaDCat, went to Little Brazil for 5 days of multibeam fun. Davie Firth (“Firth Solutions”) also joined us and delivered 4 days of “class-room” training to all staff on “Multibeam Principals. Fun was had by

MDC acquire the latest R2Sonic 2024 with 700kHz Option (22 Dec 2015)

MDC are pleased to announce the acquisition of R2Sonic’s ultra-high resolution 2024 multibeam echosounder. MDC expect this sonar to be crucial for effective high-resolution mapping of nearshore engineering structures and wrecks. This is the first R2Sonic product that MDC own, and we look forward to a long and healthy working relationship with R2Sonic in the

Hydro 2015 Catherine at the stand

MDC involvement in Hydro2015 in Cape Town, South Africa (CTICC, Cape Town, 23-25 Nov 2015)

MDC were actively involved in the Organising Committee for Hydro2015, sponsored the Lucky Draw Prize, exhibited and also demonstrated our survey capabilities and latest technologies during Hydro2015. The conference was a huge success as far as MDC are concerned, exposing our leading-edge expertise to the local market. Being involved on the Organising Committee and responsible

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MDC purchase the new RESON T50 P Multibeam at Shallow Survey 2015, Plymouth (17 Sept 2015)

MDC purchased the T50P multibeam sonar – a new addition to the leading SeaBat T-series sonars. We are excited to put this sonar to work and expect to yield exceptional survey results and enhance MDC’s productivity for nearshore hydrographic surveys. Shallow Survey has certainly become one of MDC’s most informative and valuable conferences to attend,

QINSy Drill String Positioning Training for De Beers Marine Namibia survey staff (Quayside Hotel, Simons Town, Cape Town, 12-14 August 2015)

MDC presented in-depth QINSy drill-string training to five De Beers Marine Namibia surveyors. During the concentrated 3-day classroom work sessions, the DBMN surveyors were be guided through the basics of Navigation and Geodetics, Sonar Theory and typical survey hardware including GPS, Tide Gauges, Motion Sensors, Gyros, Sound Velocity Probes, Single Beam Echosounders, Multibeam Echosounders, ROV’s

MDC Attend Ocean Business in Southampton, UK (14-16 Apr 2015)

Gordon Rigg attended Ocean Business. As usual, the standard of exhibits and presentations was high, with ample opportunity to network and secure potential business opportunities. Immediately following OB, Gordon paid MMT UK, Banbury a visit and attended a 1-day QIMERA training workshop, followed by a 1-day visit to the Applanix UK office, Oswestry for in-depth

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MDC Survey Staff receive EIVA Training in Cape Town

Four MDC Survey Staff received a 5-days NaviSuite Online (NaviPac, NaviScan) and 3-days Navisuite (NaviEdit, NaviModel, NaviPlot) Training Course at Monkey Valley, Cape Town (23 Feb – 03 Mar 2015). The course was enjoyed by all, with practical online training on our survey vessel, MaDCat. A nearby veld-fire still did not stop us from completing

Christopher Searle joins MDC survey team (01 April 2016)

MDC are pleased to welcome Chris into the MDC survey team and expect he will be a valuable addition to the team. Chris has a National Diploma in Surveying, and joins us from FUGRO Survey Africa (Pty) Ltd.

MDC attend QPS QIMERA Workshop, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK (18-20 March 2016)

Gordon Rigg and Nick Herrington attended a QPS QIMERA advanced-user Workshop, presented by Duncan Mallace. Duncan took the classroom students through the latest features and functionality in QIMERA, using Client-supplied hydrographic survey datasets.

MDC Perform SBES Bathy Survey for Beach Petroleum Tanzania

Gordon Rigg and Michael Funke completed a single beam bathymetry survey for Beach Petroleum Tanzania in October 2014. Beach’s catamaran “Beach Binti” was mobilized at the Lake-shore Lodge and the survey was completed in record time thanks to the efforts of both staff from MDC, Beach and  Lake-shore Lodge. It is not often MDC find

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