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108 Kommetjie Road. Claremont. Cape Town. Western Cape. 7975
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What you should know about MARINE DATA CONSULTANTS

Marine Services in Cape Town, Business Consulting in Cape Town, Consulting in Cape Town

Marine Data Consultants specializes in marine hydrographic surveys and associated seabed visualization services for coastal engineering, dredging, marine diamond mining, oil and gas, and marine cable laying industries.
Our specific expertise in high resolution multibeam surveys has helped various clients determine what equipment is needed for projects and provided them with turn key solutions.

Marine Data Consultants (MDC) is a specialist marine survey closed corporation operating from Cape Town, South Africa since 2006 and is principally owned by Gordon Rigg (MSc) and has been operating globally since 2006.

We are a dynamic consultancy consisting of a team of nine (9) hydrographic surveyors, specializing in marine hydrographic surveys and associated seabed visualization services for safety of navigation, coastal engineering, dredging, marine diamond mining, marine resource exploration, habitat mapping, coastal processes, oil and gas, marine cable and wind farm industries.Our expertise extends to, but is not limited to, high-resolution geophysical surveys, including multibeam bathymetry surveys and combined dynamic laser scanning of coastal features (e.g. beaches, exposed reefs, tidal flats etc), near-shore engineering structures (e.g. breakwaters, quays, bridges, tunnels etc) and offshore assets (e.g. pipelines, platforms, buoys etc). This includes all facets of project management, including; desktop studies, survey planning, equipment supply (hire/sales), mobilization, calibration, data acquisition, data QC/QA, data processing, chart production and report writing. All services are performed in-house to facilitate efficient turn-around times on all projects.

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  • Marine survey project definition and scope of work identification
  • Sourcing appropriate survey equipment
  • Mobilisation and calibration of survey equipment
  • Survey planning, acquisition and control
  • Survey data processing and data QC/QA
  • Digital terrain modelling and fusing of multivariate datasets
  • Backscatter processing and mosaicing
  • Seabed morphology interpretation and seabed classification
  • Sub-bottom interpretation and sediment mapping (isopacs)
  • Reporting and chart production
  • Marine resource management
  • Volume analyses (cut and fill)
  • Marine mining/dredging visualisation and online reporting
  • Habitat mapping
  • Client-specific survey training services and onsite support
  • Rig move positioning
  • Subsea positioning of assets including spool-piece metrology
  • Marine survey equipment hire and sales
  • Mine counter measure, diver detection and waterside security systems



Hydro Pro, Navisoft, HYPACK, QINSy, EIVA, Triton Elics ISIS, Georesources Minitrace) post processing software (e.g. Qimera, Fledermaus, CARIS HIPS, EIVA, Navimodel, Terramodel, Geosuite, POSPac) and GIS/ Charting Software (e.g. ESRI ArcGIS, AutoCAD).MDC is particularly strong on QPS (QINSy, Qimera & Fledermaus) and APPLANIX POSPac software solutions, and is proud to be the registered Reseller Agency for these software products.

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  Opening times Opening Closing
   Mondays to fridays 8:30 AM 5:00 PM

Payment methods we use:

  • Cash
  • Bank transfer


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