Another MsET Company Locates near the Stennis International Airport

Yet another company affiliated with the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) has taken residency in the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC) technology building at the Stennis International Airport in Kiln.  Fugro Pelagos, Inc. is the newest tenant in the building with its commercial LiDAR bathymetry unit, and one of MsET’s newest companies.

Fugro Pelagos specializes in offshore survey services integrating advanced technologies, such as multibeam bathymetry, multibeam backscatter “snippets” imagery, LiDAR bathymetry and GIS.   The company offers the personalized attention, innovation and rapid response of a small company, while drawing on the resources of its worldwide offices.

Operations at its HCPHC facility, which is in close proximity not only to Stennis Space Center and the airport but also to the Stennis Technology Park, support new and existing contracts with the U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Mobile District, as well as other customers/projects in the southeast.  The company also provides support personnel to the Joint Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX), a consortium of federal agencies led by the U.S. Navy and Army Corps of Engineers, which are engaged in hydrographic surveying.  Fugro Pelagos joins another MsET-affiliated company on this effort, Optech International, which conducts shallow-water benthic habitat mapping, environmental monitoring and coral reef mapping using hyperspectral imaging.

“Optech International is a graduate of the MsET incubator program and has a very good working relationship with Fugro Pelagos, and both are an asset to the JALBTCX effort,” said Charlie Beasley, MsET vice president.  “MsET is pleased to have the presence of affiliated companies in the HCPHC building.”  Fugro Pelagos is the only survey company in the world to offer Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry services based on the latest generation technology available today.  The SHOALS-1000T can be operated in either a bathymetric or topographic mode. This means that the system can survey a coastal area, including land and water, from the same plane.   Previously, coastal zone surveys were often cost prohibitive because land and water had to be measured using different instruments, sometimes flown from different planes.  The system is completely portable and can be mobilized anywhere in the world.  The SHOALS-1000T also offers a dual-mode capability that provides geo-referenced images of the coverage being flown.  This feature makes data processing and editing simpler and provides additional data products.

Fugro Pelagos said, “Fugro is pleased to be associated with MsET and the HCPHC and expects great things from this association.  We are looking with great anticipation to supporting this project and its future success.”

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