At MHS, we’ve found ourselves looking back with surprise at the diversification that’s become part of our daily operations.
Like so many other Australian businesses that are adapting to the new focus, the new practices, and the new demands of our rapidly changing society, MHS has been broadening our horizons with research and development—and an array of diverse projects that are challenging us to improve our flexibility and extend our reach.
MHS has recently completed a number of very different projects, from Hydrographic surveys of ferry terminal sites along the Brisbane River, to Marine Geophysical surveying for port development in Papua New Guinea.
These initiatives have both served to illustrate our expanding capabilities, and the increasingly ambitious and global focus of our country’s development.
Brisbane’s flood disaster and recovery
After the devastation of the January 2011 floods, Brisbane was faced with the immense task of repairing millions of dollars worth of damage—and of fortifying itself against the threat of flooding in the future.
Because Brisbane’s river surged so violently as the city flooded, its riversides bore a lot of the impact of the catastrophe—and some of the biggest areas in need of repair and redesign were the ferry terminals.
Brisbane relies heavily on its river for transportation, and it’s one of the essential components of our city’s infrastructure. It’s also a hallmark of our very beautiful, and very liveable, city.
That’s why MHS was so pleased to be part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for Brisbane, working with the local Council and the State and Federal Governments to replace the damaged terminals and to improve the flood resilience of the new structures.
Aboard our small survey vessel Delta Tauri, MHS completed bathymetric surveys of terminal locations all along the river, positioning any piles and debris to deliver the clear and accurate information that’s essential in planning and constructing new structures along the waterfront. Surveying these areas was an important project for MHS.
As passionate Queenslanders, the Brisbane River is home to us and the base of all our operations from the waterfront office and jetty in Bulimba. Naturally we were happy to help bring our capital city back to its fine form, and to be part of long-term improvements to our infrastructure.
But it also demonstrated how important new technological innovation is in coastal development, and in moving our country forward into a sustainable future.
Embracing new technology
MHS has always relied on technological developments to improve our precision and efficiency in marine and hydrographic surveying. We’re committed to research and improving our practice because we understand how important our accuracy is to other industries—including offshore construction and environmental monitoring—and the safety and wellbeing of so many people.
Over the last year or so, we’ve trialled the NORBIT iWBMS, which serves as a good example of where we’re using new technology to support and improve our existing applications and expertise.
We used the NORBIT iWBMS in our bathymetric surveys of the Brisbane River ferry terminals, and as a device suited to both river surveys, near shore and open ocean coastal surveys in Australia and Papua New Guinea, it successfully assisted us in delivering excellent results.
With the ease of transportation and deployment to any vessel anywhere in the world, we are looking forward to working with this and other exciting new equipment. While the principles of our industry haven’t changed a lot over our 40 years of experience, the technology is certainly making broad strides.
Because we make the effort at MHS to trial devices like this, we’re always getting better at delivering faster and more reliable results, even in the most challenging conditions.
And for a riparian city that’s so boldly facing the challenges of future development, it’s certainly exciting to see what’s next to come in technology, to help us contribute to better and more sustainable coastal development.
The bright future for MHS
Necessity is always the driving force for change, but in recent times at MHS, we’ve seen this spectrum broaden. With our industry continually demanding increased flexibility and faster technological development, we’ve seen progress in more areas than ever—from disaster relief to future expansion and coastal development.
But technology and diversification aren’t the only major change we’re seeing as we move forward. With global trade and development transforming our country and economy by the day, we’ve found our reach extending further than we could have anticipated decades ago.
MHS recently undertook extensive hydrographic and marine geophysical surveying for a port development site on the remote North-West coast of Papua New Guinea.
And while we’ve completed projects throughout South-East Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Middle East, developments like this remind us that our neighbours are closer to us than ever before—and across our industry and our partner industries, the oceans suddenly seem a lot smaller. The future’s looking bright for marine projects across Brisbane and our neighbours beyond Australia’s coastline.