About Us

Underwater Surveys is a Hydrographic and Engineering Survey and Equipment Sales Company. Using our own hi-tech equipment and networking with professionals specializing in all survey fields enables us to offer survey technologies including high resolution Multibeam & Singlebeam echosounders and Side Scan Sonars for underwater survey, high definition Terrestrial Scanning methods and Digital Aerial Photography & LiDAR surveys.

We work in the marine offshore and near-shore environments and inland areas, undertaking Offshore Surveys and providing a wide variety of Inland Water Survey Services. We have extensive experience providing survey and positioning services and equipment to the offshore Oil & Gas and Diamond Mining industries.

Our expertise and experience enables us to offer the best solutions in response to our clients’ project requirements, delivering the required outputs in the most cost-effective and time-efficient process. Our extensive experience in supporting Hydrographic and Engineering Survey operations in the Offshore and Inland Water sector in Africa puts us in a strong position to provide a high level of support exceeding our Client’s project team expectations. Key to our support is a comprehensive understanding of each project.

We provide our clients with planning, operations and project management. Our team consists of a group of highly qualified and experienced Geomatics Practitioners, Hydrographers, Geologists, Project Managers, Engineers, CAD Operators and Support staff who are available to provide immediate support to all offshore, near-shore and inland projects. Our professional personnel are fully registered members of the South African Geomatics council and adhere to the Geomatics Profession Act - Act 19 of 2013. Members of our professional personnel are also members of the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI) and South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD)

The Head Office is located in Cape Town, South Africa and we service Sub-Saharan Africa and the Islands of the South-West Indian Ocean. We provide regional clients with a turnkey solution in terms of specialized marine survey equipment & services for offshore, near-shore and inland surveys. We also undertake the development of specialized integrated survey systems.

Our Branch Office located in Nelspruit, South Africa is focused on the provision of Inland Hydrographic and the full spectrum of Civil Engineering surveys.

Underwater Surveys Namibia (Pty) Ltd, based in Walvis Bay, serves our Namibian clients including marine diamond mining, other Namibian mines, and general inshore/offshore survey industries.

We have completed many successful projects in Africa, combining sales, services and skills transfer with capacity-building. The company and personnel have a wealth of experience and have been involved in the survey industry for the past 25 years and have established a very good reputation throughout Africa as a quality provider of survey services. Examples of our recent activities in Sub-Saharan Africa include:

  • Hydrographic and Topographic Surveys, LIDAR & Hydrological Data Collection and technical support to the Feasibility Study for the Navigability of 340km of the SHIRE-ZAMBEZI Waterways river from Nsanje in Malawi to Chinde in Mozambique
  • Bathymetric surveys for Sedimentation, Drought and Water Supply Management
  • Supply and support of Hydrographic Survey Systems and training to regional navies
  • Offshore Oil & Gas Industry positioning services around all of Africa
  • Offshore Multibeam, Singlebeam, Side Scan Sonar and Sub-Bottom Surveys
  • High resolution Dredging Support Surveys
  • High resolution inland waters survey and visualization
  • Supply and support of specialized marine survey & related equipment including AUV’s


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