Aberdeen subsea survey and navigation equipment maker CDL has taken North Sea technology into another industry by landing a contract with Thames Water.
The work, which is about to start, involves profiling and video surveying of tunnels for the water group, using cameras and sonar systems developed by CDL and operating from a special remotely-operated raft being built by the Aberdeen firm.
Sales and marketing manager Kevin Murray-Taylor said the contract was open-ended, but if the CDL
technology proved itself and was cost-effective it could ultimately be worth a seven-figure sum.
He said: "The major part of our business is offshore, but it is good that we are branching out to supply other industries."
CDL also said yesterday that it had gained substantial orders from oilfield equipment rental companies Seatronics, part of the Craig Group, and Dynamic Positioning Systems (DPS).
The Seatronics order is for eight ring-laser gyros, used in navigation systems, and is worth around £300,000 to CDL, while the DPS order is for two sets of MiniPos navigation devices, worth about £120,000.
CDL, which has increased its workforce by seven to 18 in the last year, yesterday held the official opening of its purpose-built £600,000-plus headquarters at Silverfield House, Claymore Drive, Bridge of Don. The move also marks CDL's fifth year in business since it was founded by chief executive Colin Crichton, whose brother, Gary, also works at CDL in charge of production.
CDL occupies about 5,000 square feet of its 12,000sq ft building, where it has two tenants - impROV and Cetrax - each occupying about 2,000sq ft, with the remaining space still to be let.
The company moved into the building last year, but has only recently got its test tank operational, and yesterday was demonstrating its range of equipment in the tank.
09:00 - 28 February 2004
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