Date Added: 04/01/2016

Insight Marine.


Unique Group’s GSE Rentals Sells new Applanix POS MV SurfMaster and POSPac Software to Insight Marine.


Unique Group’s wholly owned company, GSE Rentals, has recently sold a new Applanix POS MV SurfMaster and POSPac Software suite to its client, Insight Marine Projects Ltd. Unique Group is a leading subsea and offshore service provider and GSE Rentals forms part of its Survey Equipment division. GSE Rentals specialises in the short, medium and long term rental of high quality geophysical, hydrographic and oceanographic marine survey equipment



Insight Marine Projects Ltd, based in Cornwall in the UK, provides tailor made survey services to marine sectors around the world, with a particular focus on the renewables sector and civil engineering. Their services cover a range of disciplines, including construction support and geophysical survey.

The POS MV SurfMaster is an Inertial Navigation System (INS), which provides accurate positioning, heading and velocity data in a rugged small form-factor system, ideal for mobilisation to vessels of opportunity. This hardware is a key feature of the equipment required for high resolution multibeam bathymetric surveys. The system is complemented by the Applanix POSPac MMS processing software suite, which maximises the capabilities of the hardware.

Insight Marine selected this system over other similar systems as a result of its superior quality of operation. It allows for rapid mobilisation to various types of coastal/inshore vessels whilst maintaining the highest levels of accuracy. Another pivotal factor was that the SurfMaster INS is effective as a whole, particularly since it comes with the small form factor topside unit which is more effective than traditional rack mounted variants found on other INS systems. The small form factor enables the use of the hardware in a number of different scenarios. The accompanied POSPac MMS software also allows for the streamlining of the entire process, from data acquisition through to post-processing.

Alan Cameron, General Manager at GSE Rentals commented, “We are pleased to have sold one of the key products within our sales and rental pool to Insight Marine. We’ve been associated with Insight Marine for over ten years, and we’ve built a great business relationship. We understand their individual requirements and deliver equipment and expertise that is of the highest standard, more flexible and cost-effective. We are confident that Insight Marine's clients will benefit in the long run.”

Alex Richards, Director at Insight Marine Projects Ltd. added, “The purchase of the POS-MV SurfMaster and POSPac MMS package represents a significant investment for us. It demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our clients whilst maintaining the flexibility to respond to projects at very short notice.”

“The system has formed part of the core equipment required on many of our projects. Purchasing our own system with processing software will prove both cost effective and improve project delivery timelines as much of our work involves vessels of opportunity, short mobilization periods and unpredictable weather windows.”


GSE Rentals has been offering the Applanix systems on a sale or rental basis since 1997. The lease pool also includes OceanMaster and WaveMaster II POS MV systems as well as full versions of the POSPac Post Processing Software.


For more information, please contact:
Alan Cameron, General Manager - GSE Rentals Ltd | +44 (0) 1224 771 247 |
Alex Richards, Director – Insight Marine Projects Ltd | + 44 (0) 1208 77033 |


Date Added: 04/01/2016

GSE Adds Signature 55 to Rental Pool


Unique Group adds long range profiling instrument Signature55 to its lease pool

Leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group has added Nortek’s long range profiling instrument Signature55 to its global lease pool.

The instrument has been acquired to give oil and gas customers flexible access to long range profiling capability.

Unique Group chose the Signature55 because of its ability to provide ocean current profiling over a range of 1000 m. Another decisive factor was that the Signature55 works well for high-quality current measurements with fine vertical resolution (5 m cells). This makes the Signature55 well suited to customers working in 100-500 m depth, as well as 500-1000 m depth.


The Signature55 can provide ocean current profiling over a range of 1000 m.

The Signature55 gives oil and gas customers flexible access to long range profiling capability.


The Signature55 is available for lease through GSE Rentals, a company wholly owned by Unique Group.

Nortek employees at Rud, Norway, as they prepare the Signature55 long range profiling instrument for shipment.


Equipped for real-time operational current measurement

The Signature55 will be delivered equipped for real-time operational current measurement projects, complete with a rugged 50 m cable, a topside interface box and MIDAS real-time display software. The same Signature55 may also be used with internal batteries for long autonomous deployments.

Enabling greater range and resolution

The instrument is available through GSE Rentals, a company wholly owned by Unique Group.

“Our fleet is renowned for class-leading equipment, which gives our clients the most efficient, reliable and economic means of acquiring accurate data during a survey”, says Alan Cameron, General Manager at GSE Rentals.

Mr. Cameron emphasizes that the Signature55 is a reasonably compact profiler that utilises the latest technology, which enables greater range and resolution.

“Our past procurements of Nortek instruments have repeatedly proven to be exceptionally reliable and popular with our clients. The addition of a Signature55 to the fleet assists us to meet our clients’ requirements for deep water ADCP’s, both moored and vessel mounted.”

The Signature55 will first be leased and used by Tideway BV – a company specialising in landfall construction, scour protection and pre- and post dredging for the support of pipe laying operations.


Contacts for further information:

Alan Cameron, General Manager - GSE Rentals Ltd / +44 (0) 1224 771 247


Date Added: 11/16/2015

Unique Group has acquired GSE Rentals Ltd.



Unique Group has acquired GSE Rentals (Geophysical Survey Equipment), a rental specialist of geophysical, hydrographic and oceanographic marine survey equipment.

GSE Rentals is now wholly owned by Unique Group and the company’s workforce will be retained. Former owner, Stan Moroney, will continue as business advisor and consultant to Unique Group.

According to Unique Group, this acquisition can strengthen its presence in non oil and gas markets, with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects, submarine cables, dredging, ports and harbours and civil projects.

Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division said: “GSE Rentals is a well respected company that offers a high level of technical support and knowledge to its global customers. The advantage to GSE Rentals’ customers is that it will now be able to provide enhanced global support through Unique Group’s bases in the Middle East, South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA.”

Stan Moroney, the now former owner, of GSE Rentals said: “Becoming part of Unique Group will allow us to invest further in our rental pool and ensure that we have all the skills and equipment to meet our clients’ needs now and in the future. For the past 25 years we have been supplying the latest technology, supported by our dedicated staff, and we will continue to supply the same high level of expertise and support to our clients.”

Harry Gandhi, founder of Unique Group said: “Our acquisition Of GSE Rentals will help us consolidate and expand into key markets that complement our existing offering, from Aberdeen to Singapore.”

GSE Rentals will continue to operate from its facility in Aberdeen, a short distance from Unique Group’s UK headquarters in Dyce.


Date Added: 08/19/2015


                             APPLANIX POS MV SURFMASTER

In addition to our existing stock of POS MV OceanMaster and POS MV WaveMaster systems GSE Rentals have taken delivery of the new POS MV SurfMaster.

This is a user-friendly, turnkey system designed and built to provide accurate attitude, heading, heave, position, and velocity data of your marine vessel and onboard sensors. POS MV is proven in all conditions, and is the georeferencing and motion compensation solution of choice for the hydrographic professional. POS MV blends GNSS data with angular rate and acceleration data from an IMU and heading from the GPS Azimuth Measurement System (GAMS) to produce a robust and accurate full six degrees-of-freedom position and orientation solution.


Date Added: 02/17/2015




The above Images courtesy of Edgetech

EdgeTech’s 4125 Side Scan Sonar System was designed with both the Search & Recovery (SAR) and shallow water survey communities in mind. The 4125 utilizes EdgeTech’s Full Spectrum® CHIRP technology, which provides higher resolution imagery at ranges up to 50% greater than non CHIRP systems operating at the same frequency. This translates into more accurate results and faster surveys, thus cutting down on costs.Two dual simultaneous frequency sets are available for the 4125 depending on the application. The 400/900 kHz set is the perfect tool for shallow water survey applications, providing an ideal combination of range and resolution. The 600/1600 kHz set is ideally suited for customers that require ultra high resolution imagery in order to detect very small targets (SAR).

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