Our history and timeline

2016

Fugro awarded Ground Investigation project of the year

Ground investigations by Fugro for the A9 dualling project in Scotland were recognised at the Ground Engineering (GE) Awards 2016.

Fugro undertook detailed ground investigations of superficial deposits and bedrock along a 46-kilometre section of the A9 between Pass of Birnam and Glen Garry, with a requirement to work sensitively in an area of outstanding environmental value. The scope included exploratory holes in soil and rock, in situ testing, high quality sampling, installation of instrumentation, laboratory testing, post site monitoring and factual reporting.

2014

Fugro strengthens its position through new acquisitions

The acquisition of the Geofor Group and Earth Resources combined with the establishment and opening of new offices in Africa ( Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda) strengthens Fugro’s presence and leadership position in Africa.

In addition, further acquisitions include Roames in Australia and RailData in the Netherlands.

Fugro awarded two Spotlight on Arctic Technology Awards

Organisers of the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) have awarded Fugro two 2014 Spotlight on Arctic Technology Awards: Award for ice mapping and Award for 3D iceberg.

Fugro is being recognised for its integrated 3D iceberg mapping technique, which defines complex iceberg properties using high precision subsea imaging systems and above-water imaging techniques. The approach and technology is integral to future ice engineering, as well as ongoing ice management and risk mitigation measures for fixed and mobile platforms in Arctic settings. The other award is for Fugro's GeoSAR sea ice mapping system which is mounted on a Gulfstream II jet aircraft. Acquiring sea ice data over very large areas, the system produces sea ice mapping deliverables enabling the mitigation of high risk ice floes from fixed locations in the Arctic. 

"These awards are a great achievement and honor," said Edward Saade, Fugro's regional survey director for the Americas. "Fugro is committed to supporting safe and sustainable Arctic oil and gas operations. The technologies being highlighted by ATC reinforce that commitment, and our ability to generate positive outcomes during offshore exploration, development, and production." 

Ground Engineering – Product and Equipment Innovation Award

The innovative walking jack-up platform WaveWalker 1 was presented with the Product and Equipment Innovation Award at the prestigious Ground Engineering (GE) Awards ceremony in London on 14 May 2014

WaveWalker 1, developed by Fugro and Van Oord, is an innovative, eight-legged 'walking' jack-up barge (self-elevating work platform - SEWP) designed especially for marine operations in rough seas, surf zones, beaches and other intertidal locations where operation of traditional SEWPs is uneconomic.

2013

Divestment Geoscience division completed

Fugro completes the divestment of the majority of the Geoscience division to CGG and establishes the Seabed Geosolutions joint-venture with CGG.

2013

Fugro collected the British Engineering Excellence Award

Fugro collected the New Mechanical Product of the Year award 2013 for the WaveWalker 1 walking jack-up at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs).

Fugro provided design and engineering expertise to create the jack-up barge which is owned and operated by WaveWalker BV, a joint venture between Fugro and Van Oord. In January 2013 WaveWalker 1 commenced its first project, where it undertook drilling and rock blasting works in the outer channel to the port of Suape in Brazil. 

Commenting on the award, the judges said, "When it came to New Product of the Year, the vast scale of the winning WaveWalker project was the first thing to impress the judges."

The BEEAs were established in 2009 to demonstrate and promote the quality of engineering and design within the UK. The winners are determined by a panel of high quality, independent judges and companies from a cross section of electronic and engineering design disciplines.

2012

Celebration 50th anniversary

In May 2012 Fugro celebrates its 50th anniversary.

In September 2012 Fugro and CGG announce that they have signed an agreement under which CGG will acquire the majority of Fugro’s Geoscience division.

2011

The active acquisition policy continues

The active acquisition policy continues: in total nine companies are acquired. The most important ones are TSMarine (Australia), De Regt Marine Cables (Netherlands) and Ocean Bottom Nodes (Norway).

Fugro takes delivery of its new generation geophysical and hydrographic survey vessel Fugro Galaxy.

2010

Launch of Partnership for Growth programme

The Partnership for Growth programme is launched to add structure to the existing relationship between Fugro and its employees.

Fugro won the Erasmus Innovation Award

In the press release from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the following is stated: 
“A strength of Fugro is recognising synergy in innovations”, according to the jury. “A good example is a highly accurate GPS based positioning system that was developed as a sideline, but is now applied in almost all projects due to the effectiveness and efficiency of this system. Though this system forms the basis for all these developments, the application in projects is often quite specific and different.” In addition Fugro works extensively with external parties on fundamental research and the innovations are strongly client focused.

The researchers Prof.dr. Justin Jansen, Prof.dr. Henk Volberda, Prof.dr. Frans van den Bosch and Dr. Michiel Tempelaar of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University stated “Fugro demonstrates that management, organisational and working environment aspects and cooperation with external parties contribute to sustainable renewal of the organisation.”

2009

New tools for data collection in deep water

2009

In the process of improving and enhancing the date collection in deepwater, Fugro introduces two new tools: Smart Pipe™ and Smart Surf™.

2008

19 acquisitions on a row

Fugro continues to acquire companies from all over the world to obtain more state-of-the-art technology and increase its market share. In total 19 companies are acquired.

Fugro is included in the AEX index, the list of the 25 most actively traded securities on the Amsterdam exchange.

Fugro was awarded the Koning Willem I Award

This is the most prestigious recognition in the Netherlands, which is awarded once every two years to a company that excels in entrepreneurship, endeavour and innovation.

The chairman of the awarding foundation, Mr. Wellink (former President of the central bank of the Netherlands), highlighted Fugro’s global presence, ability to operate in frontier areas and the successful expansion strategy and focus on innovation and HSE.

2007

Seismic vessels and Geospatial Services

In 2007 three seismic vessels are added to the fleet: ‘Geo Barents’, ‘Seisquest’ and ‘Geo Celtic‘. Four other vessels are brought into service for other offshore activities.

At the end of 2007 the Fugro fleet comprises a total of approximately 50 vessels of which 28 are owned by Fugro.

In 2007 Fugro combines several existing onshore survey and positioning activities to form ‘Geospatial Services’ to which the newly acquired businesses of EarthData (US) and MAPS Geosystems (UAE) are added. A number of other acquisitions are completed in 2007.

2006

Modernisation and expansion of the Fugro fleet

Fugro announces the modernisation and expansion of its fleet of vessels in the period 2006-2008 with five seismic vessels and five multi-purpose vessels.

Furthermore Fugro makes strategic important acquisitions in the United Kingdom and Germany.

The Fugro Academy in which a number of global training courses are clustered, opens its doors.

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