Mark Hudson elected to Chair the new ICES North West & North Wales Region

New ICES North West & North West  Regional Committee ChairCongratulations to Coastway Survey’s UK Managing Director, Mark Hudson who has been elected as the new Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) North West & North Wales Region.

Mark has taken over as Chairman from Peter Randles who has successfully chaired the ICES North West & North Wales Region for 5 years.

Mark, a Fellow of the ICES, is no stranger to this role. He is the former chairman of the ICES Ireland & Northern Ireland Regional – a position he held for over 5 years. During his time at the Ireland Regional Committee Chairman he was successful in boosting membership across the country, organising regular and well attended regional committee events, developing strong links with educational establishments offering geospatial engineering and commercial management courses and fellow Irish professional bodies such as the SCSI, ICE and CIArb, and establishing sub-branches for members in Cork and Belfast.

Mark said, “It is an honour to have been appointed Chair of the ICES North West & North Wales Region. Peter has done a fantastic job in leading the committee and I am looking forward to working with the committee to build on his successes.” “The regions are a great way for members to engage in shared learning with fellow peers in civil engineering surveying and to promote our profession to the wider industry. And don’t forget, there are also plenty of networking opportunities, which is excellent for business,” adds Mark.

Mark is a member of the ICES Council of Management. He was awarded the ICES President’s Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the professional body. Coastway Surveys Ltd also recently opened an office in the UK’s North West located in Hartford, Cheshire which is where Mark is based.

The North West & North Wales Region has a number of events coming up including an Evening Meal at Little Yang Sing, Manchester on 23 January 2014.

For more information about these events or membership of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, contact Serena Ronan by email or visit the ICES website.

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Coastway endure extreme temperatures to 3D Laser Scan Survey Qasr Al Hosn Fort Council Chamber, Abu Dhabi

Coastway were recently appointed by GECO Engineering on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority to carry out a 3D Laser Scan Survey of three areas within the Qasr al Hosn Quarter in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The Qasr al Hosn Cultural Quarter in Abu Dhabi is home to Qasr al Hosn Fort the city’s oldest building and the historical significance of this ancient structure, constructed over 250 years ago, is beyond measure. It was originally designed to guard a water source and one that housed its royal families for generations. Adjacent to the fort is the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.

This centre was founded in 1981, of typical Islamic design with elaborate courtyards and arched columns, as a hub for learning and the arts. Events held at the centre include concerts, movies, art workshops lectures and exhibits.

With the success of the Qasr Al Hosn festival, celebrating 250 years of history and culture, there are plans to re-design this magnificent structure into a prominent tourist attraction and to update the visitors centre, art gallery, coffee shop and restaurant to facilitate festivals.

Client Requirements
Survey data was required by our client to produce 3D models of all three areas for redesign and planning purposes.

The three areas that we were asked to laser scan survey included two areas connected by an external walkway which formed part of the cultural centre and the third area was an isolated building – the council chamber.

Coastway Solution
We used the Faro Focus 3D laser scanner to carry out the survey of the three areas. The Faro Focus 3D laser scanner had many benefits for this project including its ability to provide colour scan data and being compact and light-weight meant it was easy to transport overseas.

The Faro Focus 3D laser scanner enabled us to collate all of the survey data required for the modelling process.

We provided GECO Engineering with a 3D Model of each area.

The survey data was successfully carried out over three days which tested the surveying team and equipment in extreme temperatures.


Click here to view the deliverables from our 3D Laser Scan Survey of Qasr Al Hosn Fort Council Chamber in Abu Dhabi.

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Coastway BIM projects to feature at upcoming CITA BIM Gathering International Conference

Enda-NolanEnda Nolan will be presenting at the CITA BIM Gathering International Conference 2013 at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin on Thursday 14th November. Over 150 people are already booked to attend this industry event.

He will be giving a joint presentation titled ‘Laser Scan & Modelling of Tribal Council Chambers – Abu Dhabi’ at one of the technical breakout sessions together with Nick Polley from 3rd Dimension. Coastway and 3rd Dimension, specialists in 3D design, are currently working together on 3D Laser Scanning and Building Information Modelling projects in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Using this project as a case study, Enda will discuss how Coastway deployed a survey team to Abu Dhabi equipped with the Faro Focus 3D Laser Scanner to work in extreme temperatures to survey a landmark ancient building and Government Council Chambers, the Qasr al Hosn Fort.

Nick will demonstrate how the survey data captured and processed by Coastway was then used to produce detailed 3D Models and a BIM Revit Model for redesign and planning purposes to convert this iconic building into a tourist attraction.

Interestingly, this is not the only Coastway Laser Scan to BIM project to feature at the conference. Mott MacDonald’s are to present a case study for their presentation on ‘Implementing BIM for Light Rail Projects in Norway’. Coastway provided topographical survey data to Mott MacDonald’s for their Bergen Light Rail (Stage 3) project which is on-going in Norway.

If you would like more information about this two day conference on Thursday 14 November to Friday 15 November 2013, visit the CITA BIM Gathering website.

We are looking forward to presenting on the day and learning more from other industry leaders in Laser Scan to BIM about the latest developments in BIM.

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From Small Unmanned Aircraft to wartime planes

Yesterday, I attended the very impressive Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire to give a presentation at The Survey Association’s discussion group meeting.

It was a fitting venue for my presentation at this event on the commercial applications for Small Unmanned Aircrafts (also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Dones).

As a major player in SUA aerial surveys and inspections in the UK and Ireland, I used a couple of our recent case studies. They included the aerial survey of Kilsaran International’s quarry in Ballinascorney, Ireland using a fixed-wing SUA and an aerial survey again using a fixed-wing SUA of a gypsum open-cast mine in the UK to demonstrate how they operate and the range of deliverables from the survey data and imagery.

A lively discussion took place after my presentation with the 50 attendees from UK survey companies, survey equipment suppliers, building and civil engineering contractors with much interest in:

  • The accuracy of SUA aerial surveys
  • The limitations of SUA aerial surveys
  • The certification requirements to operate SUAs in the UK
  • Current and futures uses for SUAs

There was an excellent line-up of speakers throughout the day including Charlotte Hill, National Archive of Aerial Photography, Trevor Burke from Fugro-BKS presenting on Aerial LiDAR surveying and an interesting look at Geomatics as a global business by Adam Bradley from Jacobs Geomatics.

Congratulations to the two graduates who were awarded Bursaries from The Survey Association President, Graham Mills who had written outstanding papers on the use of Small Unmanned Aircraft.

Before leaving, we had the pleasure of being given a tour of the magnificent museum itself to look at the not so small aircraft.

Thanks to The Survey Association for another well organised and informative event.

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We have opened a new office in the UK!

Coastway Surveys Ltd Hartford OfficeWe are pleased to announce that we have just opened a new office in the UK.

Our new office is located in the UK’s North West in Hartford, Cheshire.

We are ideally located to provide on-the-ground support to clients in the North, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales.

Our Hartford office is based in Whitehall Business Centre, a beautiful Grade 2 listed building and the former offices of the Cheshire local district council (a building made for 3D laser scanning – watch this space!). We have excellent meeting facilities and on-site car parking for our clients and visitors.

Our London office will continue to service the UK’s capital and the southern region.

Mark Hudson, our UK Managing Director said:

We are delighted to be expanding our service offering across the UK. This is the first time in our 14 year history that we have embarked on such an expansion project and it is a really exciting time for our company.

We have always been active in the UK but we hope that this expansion will increase our involvement in building and civil engineering projects across the UK.

Just recently, Coastway has provided services to The Coal Authority, British Gypsum, Clyde Bergman, BAM Nuttall, Taylor Woodrow, Vinci and White Young Green.

We have already seen significant interest in our Aerial Surveys & Inspections service as well as our other key services: 3D Laser Scanning, Building Information Modelling and Reverse Engineering. We bring to the UK a wealth of experience and expertise in survey data capture, processing and management together with a reputation in producing high quality deliverables.

Get in touch…

If you would like to get in contact with us in the UK, please contact Mark at our new Coastway UK office address:

Coastway Surveys Hartford Office

Whitehall Business Centre Hartford Cheshire – New Coastway Surveys Office

Coastway Surveys Ltd

Whitehall Business Centre

75 School Lane





United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 1606 786526


How to find us

We look forward to working with you in the UK!

Photographed above Coastway Surveys UK Managing Director on the right with Enda Nolan Ireland Managing Director outside their impressive new offices in Hartford, Cheshire.

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QuestUAV 200 – the latest addition to our UAV fleet

We are all very excited about the addition of the QuestUAV 200 to our fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The QuestUAV 200 is a fully auto piloted unmanned aerial vehicle with a DSLR Sony Nex7 camera that can be launched from virtually any location. Some of the great features of the QuestUAV 200 include:

  • It has a wingspan of 58 inches but its design makes it easy to transport.
  • It can fly in winds of up to 65km/hour increasing the number of flight days.
  • It can survey an area up to 100ha in 15 mins.
  • It has a longer battery life giving us more flight time on-site.
  • All images are stored on an SD card and can be downloaded immediately after landing.

Benefits for our aerial surveys and inspection clients

One of the great features of this UAV is the variety of payload and sensors that it can facilitate. This feature will enable us to offer our Aerial Surveys & Inspection clients a much broader range of deliverables including:

  • High resolution imagery
  • High definition video
  • Orthorectified imagery
  • Georeferenced imagery
  • Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) (Remote Sensing)
  • 3D models and Digital Elevation Models
  • Near Infra-Red (NIR), thermal and multi-spectral imagery.

Our QuestUAV 200 is the latest addition to our fleet of unmanned aerial systems which also includes the senseFLY SwingletCAM and Versadrones multi-rotor helicopter.

The QuestUAV 200 is one of our fixed-wing UAV’s and will be used by our experienced and licensed UAV pilots for the mapping of large areas including quarries, open cast mines and landfill sites, coastal erosion, large construction sites, architecture and urban planning, forestry, crop and bog monitoring, events, sports venues, museums and real estate.

For more information about our aerial surveys service using the QuestUAV 200 or any of our aerial surveys & inspection services, contact Enda Nolan or Mark Hudson.


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A Community for UAS Operators – Building and Sharing Our Knowledge

Coastway Ltd Members of Sub 20 OrganisationWe have become a member of the Sub 20 Organisation – a professional body representing the commercial small UAS operating community.

Its growing membership comprises aerial photographers, aerial surveyors and aerial filming companies from the UK, across Europe and even as far as Asia.

As part of our on-going commitment to professional development and being at the forefront of survey technology and applications we have joined the Sub 20 Organisation to build and share our knowledge in the commercial small UAS industry.

By engaging with like-minded professionals in the Sub 20 Organisation community, our clients will benefit from our shared knowledge and expertise in this fast-growing and dynamic industry.

We will take an active role in the Sub 20 Organisation community and will keep you up to date with any relevant news from the community and details of any events that we are involved with.

In fact, we have already been invited to speak at the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society Unmanned Aviation: Challenges for Growth Conference in London on 16th September, 2013 which is being organised in association with the Sub 20 Organisation. Click here to find out more.

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BIM Task Group publish a Client Guide to 3D Scanning and Data Capture

BIM Task Group publish Client Guide to 3D Scanning and Data Capture

BIM Task Group publish Client Guide to 3D Scanning and Data Capture

Here is a useful guide for participants in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors that are considering using 3D laser scanning or Building Information Modelling for a land, building or civil project.

Published by The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group in the UK, the Client Guide to 3D Scanning and Data Capture identifies the wide range of applications and benefits of 3D laser scanning, outlines the process and procurement consideration and looks at how 3D laser scanning technology integrates with Building Information Modelling.

Download the Client Guide to 3D Scanning and Data Capture (pdf, 15MB).

If you require further information about our 3D Laser Scanning or Building Information Modelling (BIM) services, contact Enda Nolan or Mark Hudson.

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Mark Hudson to speak at UK Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conference


Mark Hudson to present at 2013 UASSG Annual Conference in London

I have been invited to present at the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society Unmanned Aviation: Challenges for Growth Conference in London on 16th September, 2013. I will be presenting a paper on the developments in the use of fixed-wing UAVs for the mapping of land using a number of case studies, notably from the mining and quarrying industry.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle conference will be held in Royal Aeronautical Society’s headquarters at Hamilton Place, London from September 16th – 17th. The conference will focus on recent developments in UAS/RPAS technology, take a look at what the future holds for UAS in the UK civilian market, and highlight the enormous benefits of this technology.

I am pleased to be speaking at the UASSG Annual Conference to share the benefits available to a wide range of industries through the use of current and emerging fixed-wing UAV technology.

UAVs now play a vital role in the UK civilian market in capturing accurate survey data and high definition imagery faster, safer and more cost-effective than conventional survey methods for planning, engineering and even promotional purposes. The case studies I will be referring to will help to demonstrate this.

If you are interested in attending, visit the Royal Aeronautical Society Unmanned Aviation: Challenges for Growth Conference website.

I will be presenting on Monday 16 September 2013 and on Tuesday 17 September, don’t forget to call over to the Coastway stand at the conference exhibition – we hope to have a selection of our UAV equipment on display to show you, that’s if they’re not all out on site!


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Partnership with Versadrones to expand our aerial survey & inspections service in Ireland & UK

Aerial Inspections

Versadrones, who operate in Ireland and the UK, specialise in building custom-made multi-rotor helicopters with high definition cameras. The Versadrones range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) captures high quality aerial video and photography and can be used for a wide range of applications including property, forestry, utilities, wind farms, sporting events, TV news and film and many other applications.

By partnering with Versadrones, we can now offer our clients in Ireland and the UK both fixed-wing aerial surveys for the mapping of large areas and, using the Versadrones product range, multi-rotor aerial surveys for the inspection of land or property.

From both survey types, we are able to produce a wide range of high quality deliverables for our clients including aerial photography and videography, 2D mapping, 3D mapping and 3D models.

For more information about our complete range of aerial survey and inspection services using fixed-wing or multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle technology, contact Enda Nolan (Ireland) or Mark Hudson (UK).

If you would like to find out more about Versadrones or their UK partner, HexCam, visit their websites:


Versadrons Multi-Rotor Helicopter Aerial Surveys
 (Ireland Partner)

HexCam Multi-rotor aerial surveys UK
 (UK Partner)


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