Co-founder and Director of Furness Mapping Services, Matt Sanderson has gained a wide experience of the survey and offshore industries in a career stretching from 1993 to the present day. Regularly involved in challenging and one-off projects, and used to finding alternative solutions to acquire survey data, Matt is ready to provide innovative solutions to achieve the technical requirements of your project.
Graduating from the then world-renown University of East London in 1993 with a Bachelors Degree in Surveying and Mapping Sciences, Matt joined the offshore survey company Seateam as a junior surveyor. For more than seven years, until the company was first subsumed, and then wound up, by a larger competitor, Matt gained experience as Surveyor and Offshore Manager in a wide range of projects, including nearshore geophysical and inspection surveys, pipe and cable route and inspection surveys (geophysical and ROV), analogue and digital site surveys and more.
After returning to education in 2000, and attaining a Masters Degree in Environmental Impact Assessment from the University of East Anglia, Matt joined Fugro Survey Ltd.’s nearshore survey team at their Great Yarmouth office. After gaining RYA (MCA) Yachtmaster commercial certification, Matt worked as Skipper and Survey Party Chief on the company’s nearshore survey. He also worked on a wide range of other projects, including nearshore and offshore rock dumping, rig moves, construction support and more.
A change of direction in 2005 saw Matt move to work for ABP as Hydrographer for their four ports in the NW of England. During his time with ABP, Matt worked closely with the various harbour masters and port managers to ensure that the ports survey responsibilities were satisfied in compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code. This included the wholesale adoption of special order MBES surveys, introducing improved navigation and INS systems, utilising LIDAR data to cover intertidal areas, and the installation of various tide gauge and meteorological networks. Matt also worked closely with the ports to provide all the necessary support for capital and ongoing maintenance dredging requirements, and provided consultancy services to various port customers who wished to utilise portable navigation systems for critical vessel movements.
Tempted away from the port industry, Matt returned to the offshore industry in 2009 as Survey Party Chief with Allseas BV. Working on all of their vessels, but mainly the MV Highland Rover, Matt was involved in support and pipeline installation around the world, including the new gas pipeline across the Straits of Magellan, the Tormore-Laggan project, and the huge and challenging Nord Stream gas export pipeline project.
In late 2011, with the focus of work moving to the far side of the world, Matt and Jenny decided to return to their roots and work from the UK once more. Furness Mapping Services Ltd. was founded, and hasn’t looked back since then!
A summary of all the projects that Matt has been involved in can be found here.