Fugro plans to establish a Hydrography Center of Excellence for the Americas. Utilizing specialist resources that include autonomous vessels and aircraft, integrated data acquisition techniques, remote processing and large data transfer, the focus is on reducing risk, increasing accuracy and streamlining project timelines for clients.
The Houston-based center will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, including nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims. Fugro is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary geophysical and geotechnical techniques to benefit a wide range of applications including resource development, infrastructure siting, coastal management and emergency response.
Establishing the center is part of Fugro’s reorganization of its hydrography services in the Americas, relocating key staff and assets from its San Diego office to its US headquarters in Houston, Texas.
David Millar has been appointed to serve as government accounts director for the region. He will be responsible for growing and diversifying Fugro’s government portfolio in both Land and Marine Divisions across the Americas, with an emphasis on coastal zone management. Millar formerly served as the regional hydrography service line director, and is relocating from San Diego to the Washington, DC, area.
Filling Millar’s former post is Mark MacDonald. A professional engineer in geomatics, MacDonald has 20+ years with Fugro, recently serving as the director of operations in San Diego. He is relocating to Houston and in his new role as the regional service line director, will not only oversee Fugro’s hydrographic service line in the Americas, but also will coordinate with Fugro’s global business development team to generate multi-disciplined opportunities across all business and service lines.