EGS Survey Pty Ltd (EGS Australia) were awarded the opportunity to participate in the Commonwealth Hydroscheme Partnership Program (HIPP) as a specialist hydrographic survey contractor in early 2020.
As part of the HIPP, a number of tenders have been released to the HIPP Panel Members.
In July 2020 EGS was announced as the successful survey contractor to undertake the HIPP Survey Instruction 1010, Northern Approaches to Broome, Gantheaume Point to Talboys Rock.
The HIPP planning process has identified the northern approaches to Broome as a high priority for the hydrographic survey area. The survey is to increase the safety and navigational accuracy of existing charts of the Broome region and to generate a precise, high accuracy Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES) reference area which will be used to support future surveys in the region.
EGS will be utilising Bhagwan Marine to provide the survey platform, mobilising in Darwin in August 2020.
In support of the MBES data acquisition EGS will deploy a number of short terms tide gauges to help develop the AUSHYDROID which will allow hydrographic surveyors and other end-users to transform geospatial data referenced within the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) between tidal (Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)) and ellipsoidal (GRS80) vertical datums. More information about AUSHYDROID is available on the ICSM website.
This is EGS’s first survey campaign for the HIPP. “The hydrographic team here at EGS are thrilled to be awarded this initial EGS/HIPP project which is an important milestone for us. This vital work to improve navigational accuracy of charts will be undertaken with EGS’s key focus on safety and quality,” remarked Charles Collins, EGS’ Chief Surveyor.
The HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program is the commercial acquisition program that undertakes focused hydrographic survey activities to contribute to national charting priorities. The vision for HIPP is to undertake an efficient, effective, and sustainable hydrographic survey, oceanographic and marine geophysical data collection program through a partnership with Industry to deliver a true nation-building effort. More information is available on the Australian Hydrographic Office Website.