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Hydrography - the best job ever!

To celebrate World Hydrography Day (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Hydrography_Day) DML are sharing some images from a recent multi sensor nautical charting survey around the active volcano, White Island, in the Bay of Plenty. When the all of the elements come together (amazing location & perfect weather) we realise that we have one of the best jobs in the world!...

June 21, 2019

DML captures impressive images, as Auckland Harbour Bridge turns 60

Last month, DML Surveys was contracted to support a project which involved mapping the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  The Bridge is iconic to Auckland’s visual landscape and is a crucial piece of NZTA’s transport infrastructure.  It first opened to traffic on the 30th of May 1959 and spans a narrow part of the Waitemata harbor joining Auckland’s North Shore with the City isthmus. Our client needed detailed ‘point cloud data’, which would be used to fill in the gaps in data capture...

May 30, 2019

Webinar - Use of mobile scanners for coastal mapping ”

Declan Stubbing, DML’s Survey Manager, will be one of two speakers during the Australasian Hydrographic Society NZ Region - Webinar #6. The first speaker will be Graeme Blick from LINZ talking about the LINZ 2025 Mapping Programme, while Declan will be discussing the use of a mobile scanners for coastal mapping, including how to: set up the sensor;control it during the survey; andhow to process the data. If you are interested in participating in this event then here are the details: Facilitate...

May 6, 2019

Experienced Hydrographic Surveyor Wanted

DML is one of Australasia’s most respected Hydrographic Survey companies employing a team of highly specialised surveyors who are leaders in their field.   We are growing and would like a surveyor to join our team.  You would work with a hardworking team of professionals, live in Tauranga and experience interesting and diverse projects throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Take a look at our ad below and if you are interested in the role, contact us....

April 9, 2019

Remotely operated vessel surveys sediment pond

DML recently completed a shallow pond survey using its remotely operated vessel “KOURA”. The small radio controlled vessel undertook a single beam survey of a shallow suspended sediment pond for volume calculations.  The platform was ideal in this situation due to: Very shallow nature of the pondConfined feeder channelSuspended sediment may have caused issues with a traditional water-cooled outboard engineClean up of the vessel and equipment was a lot quickerContact with the pond water...

March 27, 2019

A graduates life

Rian completed his survey degree with hydrographic papers from Otago University in 2018 and is now gainfully employed with DML. In the six weeks he’s been with us he’s spent 10 days in the office and the rest of the time in the field as a member of survey teams involved in port and harbour surveys, lake surveys and infrastructure surveys. He’s rapidly coming up to speed on a range of equipment from multibeam echosounders through to remotely operated vessels. There’s nothing like being th...

March 27, 2019

Why DML Surveys contributes to school camps

For the last couple of years DML has provided a cash contribution to help Kaimai School get their kids to the senior school camp.  Although our contribution isn’t massive, at least it’s a start. One of our company values is to “spend where it matters most” and we believe school camps matter. Our team have all been fortunate enough to experience attending school camps.  We learned the importance of TEAM, the value of FRIENDSHIPS, the glory in overcoming FEAR and the beauty in ...

December 4, 2018

Surveying the seas: thirty-plus year career acknowledged by industry

Greg Cox’s decades-long career charting seas, surveying rivers and dams, monitoring erosion and mapping underwater habitats was acknowledged by international peers at the Australasian Hydrographic Society’s HYDRO18 Conference, held last week in Sydney. The Mount Maunganui hydrographic survey expert and director of Discovery Marine Limited received the Award of Merit for Career Achievement in Hydrography from the Australasian Hydrographic Society. The award is presented to those who have made...

November 30, 2018

Get a copy of DML’s Top 10 Tips for contractors looking to undertake multi-disciplinary surveys

A BIG thank you to all of those who visited us at HYDRO18 in Sydney last week. What a fantastic event in beautiful Darling Harbour. The DML team were there in force and we really enjoyed connecting with customers and suppliers alike. The week was a great success with Greg Cox, our Operations Manager/Director receiving an Award of Merit for Career Achievement in Hydrography from the Australasian Hydrographic Society. The quality of presentations was outstanding and for those of you who attended ...

November 6, 2018

New Moon Like Craters

Eight months in vessels surveying the Queen Charlotte Sound resulted in one of the largest nautical charting bathymetry data sets being being captured for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). Discovery Marine lead the hydrographic survey component under the direction of one of New Zealand’s most respected hydrographic surveyors, Bruce Wallen. Bruce and the team took a further 12 months to process and render the nautical charting data and reports.The final results were delivered under cont...

August 30, 2018

Hydrography a hidden industry

A new video highlighting the benefits of hydrographic surveying has just been released. The video focuses on this hidden industry with an emphasis on the impact of the Kaikoura earthquake. See the video here; Hydrographic surveying, a hidden industry....

July 4, 2018

Courtney Rennie wins National Gold & Bronze Medals

Courtney Rennie had a really successful summer season training on Lake Karapiro. So much so that at the NZ Nationals in February she was part of the Under 22 Women's Quad which won Gold. She also picked up a Bronze medal in the Premier Lightweight Women's Single where Courtney was up against World Champion lightweight rowers. Following on from the Nationals she was named in the NZ Under 23 Rowing Team for 2018, again taking the Lightweight Women's Single spot and will be competing in Poznan, Pol...

March 29, 2018

LINZ Kaikoura Survey

DML and IX Survey are currently working on a multidisciplinary hydrographic and science survey of the Kaikoura coast for Land Information New Zealand. To read more about the survey see https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/100451054/postquake-coast-survey-shows-changes-in-sea-floor...

February 9, 2018

Chopper Swim Challenge - 20Km Swim Fundraiser

Nigel Marsden, one of DML’s vessel skippers, will be putting in a supreme effort to swim 20km for the Helicopter Rescue Trust. The swim will take place on March 26 from Waiheke Island to Auckland City. Nigel’s story of a freak kite-surfing incident and the resulting helicopter rescue is an interesting one and  can be found here http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11982547 To sponsor Nigel’s swim and support the Helicopter Rescue Trust go to https://chopperswi...

February 2, 2018

Friendly Locals

The locals turned up to see what we were doing while we were downloading tide gauge data from the Cape Campbell tide gauge, South Island, New Zealand. The tide gauge forms part of tidal network in support of Land Information New Zealand’s hydrographic and science survey of the Kaikoura to Cape Campbell coast....

December 19, 2017

Auckland Marathon perfect endurance training for pending Kaikoura Hydrographic Survey

Looking great part way through, but the finish was still a little way off! Dan Graham, one of DML’s hydrographic surveyors toughs it out in the Auckland Marathon last Sunday in a brisk 3hrs and 23mins!  That placed him 65th in his age group and 135 overall with an average km time of 4min 50secs.  A great effort and fantastic training before heading off on the LINZ nautical charting survey of Kaikoura. Well done Dan!...

October 31, 2017

Update on William van der Beek

William Van Der Beek has had a very busy month. The first two weeks were spent in Japan at the World Championships where he finished 32nd. The level of competition was of a very high standard which really pushed him hard and he has already noticed big improvements in his surfing. Over the past week he has been in Gisborne competing in the New Zealand scholastic competition with the Bay of Plenty team. The team performed really well and ended up being the overall winners!  In Williams own wo...

October 16, 2017

Challenging river survey helps reveal best bakery. What’s your pick?

River Cross Sections surveys can be extremely challenging. During winter the rivers are in floods so profiling by vessel is the norm while in summer dried out river beds brings topographic survey techniques to the fore, along with a large variety of insects, including wasps. These types of surveys are essential for monitoring sediment transport, erosion and flood inundation modelling. This winter has seen extraordinary amounts of rain over a sustained period causing havoc throughout a number of ...

September 29, 2017

New Zealand’s First Combined Hydrographic and Marine Science Survey

Land Information New Zealand and Marlborough District Council contracted NIWA and DML to undertake the first combined hydrographic and marine science survey of all of Queen Charlotte Sound. Bruce Wallen, one of New Zealands most highly experienced hydrographic surveyors, has just completed nearly 8 months in the field with a multidisciplinary team of hydrographic surveyors and marine scientists. The survey was particularly challenging due of the complexity of the marine environment ranging from...

September 29, 2017

Courtney Rennie, is off to the Under 23 World Rowing Championships

Courtney Rennie, is off to the Under 23 World Rowing Championships with DML in full support as one of her sponsors. In April Courtney was selected for the New Zealand Under 23 Rowing Team for the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull (LW1X), with the regatta to be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from July 19 to 23rd. Courtney has been working really hard for the past year to make the team and is hugely excited and humbled by the opportunity. A typical training week at Rowing New Zealand’s High Perfor...

July 12, 2017

DML sponsors William van der Beek

DML is pleased to announce the sponsorship of William van der Beek, of Mount Maunganui College, who has been selected to attend the Junior World Surfing Champs in Japan later this year. As a company, we see a nice fit in supporting a local surfer in his endeavours to take on the world in an international competition of this scale. DML encourages our team to pack their surf-boards when they are away on long deployments near great surf breaks, as we think surfing provides an opportunity to d...

May 30, 2017

Hunua Falls – the Power of Nature

On the 8th March the Hunua Falls in Auckland, New Zealand, felt the effects of a severe weather system passing over the North Island....

March 10, 2017

Mapping of Marlborough Sounds

Seabed charts of the Marlborough Sounds dating back to the 1940s are set to be overhauled in a state-of-the-art digital mapping project. Information from more than 40,000 hectares of Queen Charlotte Sound and the Tory Channel will help to guide council and science in the future use of the area. The joint project between Marlborough District Council, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and Land Information New Zealand has begun. Read more at http://www.stuff.co.nz/environmen...

November 2, 2016

“Hope to see you at Water New Zealand’s “Pathways to Excellence” conference, Rotorua 19th – 21 October 2016

Declan Stubbing, Jimmy Van Der Pauw and Kevin Smith have submitted their paper in preparation for Water New Zealand's annual conference and are looking forward to showcasing some of our latest results and technology. Here's a few images of what to expect. Hope to see you at conference, but if you can't make it, we're always happy to come direct to you. ...

August 22, 2016

Multibeam Echo Sounders Supporting Water Quality

Multibeam Echo Sounders (MBES) are increasingly being used in fresh water environments to support water quality management programs for rivers, lakes and dams as well as asset management for submerged structures such as dam faces, intakes and outfalls. This high resolution mapping is revealing remarkable detail of submerged features providing clients with a baseline data set from which to better understand the capacity of their assets, their value and the impact of run off, erosion and siltat...

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