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Partrac reflect on an exciting range of projects in 2016

Partrac reported a strong 2016, delivering survey and consultancy projects for Offshore wind, dredging, tidal energy and major infrastructure projects.

Marine and coastal survey and consultancy firm Partrac Ltd has reported a strong 2016. Director Sam Athey said “Following a review of our 2016 performance, we have taken time to reflect on what was an exciting year for the Partrac team. We delivered monitoring, survey and consultancy projects for Offshore wind, dredging, tidal energy and major water infrastructure projects, many of which are ongoing. Our team is looking forward to getting stuck in to new project challenges in 2017!”.

In 2016 Partrac was engaged on a number of important industry projects. Over half our business came from delivering metocean monitoring for the offshore wind industry. Our metocean team provided a range of real-time wave and current monitoring solutions for construction phases, such as Rampion and Dudgeon Offshore Windfarms to name a few. Our Geoscience team has been involved in vibro-coring in Ireland, dredge monitoring in Scotland; hydrographic survey in the Thames Estuary; plus water quality and current monitoring at port facilities (including the MOD).

The company recently reported the conclusion of a project for SPAWAR (the US Navy’s environmental research division) designed to demonstrate how the firm’s proprietary particle tracking technology can be employed to address contaminated sediment related problems at US Department of Defense sites (e.g. Naval Bases). Dr Matthew Wright, Partrac’s principle marine geomorphologist, presented this work at the recent Battelle 9th International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments in New Orleans, on the two demonstration studies conducted during the project. Particle tracking studies were also completed at Scarborough, Yorkshire and Montrose, Angus, both of which were commissioned in support of beach management / re-nourishment initiatives.

Recognised for our flexible and innovative approach, Partrac has also developed novel marine instrumentation for the aquaculture industry, a first in this sector. Partrac has also successfully implemented a bespoke solution through the intertidal zone, for a cable route magnetometry survey in support of a commercial windfarm development.

The company’s Newcastle office continues to grow its consulting offering in the areas of coastal processes impact assessment, hydrodynamics, geomorphology and marine scour assessment. It has been particularly active supporting the (BODL) demonstrator offshore wind project at Blyth and several subsea cable installation companies. Studies successfully delivered include metocean design criteria reports, seabed mobility assessments, dredge disposal modelling and impact assessment, cable protection impacts and cable landfall stability analysis. The consultancy welcomed a new member to the team in 2016, Dr Jack Poleykett. An expert in sediment tracing and sediment dynamics, Jack divides his time between the company’s survey and consulting divisions, recently seeing the completion of a major tracing project in the USA.

In Partrac’s drive to increase accessibility to our clients and support their projects throughout the UK and Europe, Partrac opened an office in Exeter, with a view to expanding as project works develop.

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