MAP is an innovative company devoted to improving contamination detection methods. These methods are often based on a limited number of point measurements; these results may give a qualitative value at a certain spot but fail to deliver good data for a 3D quantitative analysis. MAP has been directive to develop more quantitative based measurements making use of geophysical tools. MAP has specifically specialised in the development of ground penetrating radar applications, in particular in developing the application to hydrocarbon contamination detection. For this dedicated software was developed in combination with a number of other EU firms. This has been tested in a number of countries with promising results, not only in the EU but also in the Middle East as well as Hong Kong. Other developments of MAP were aimed at automatic processing of geological data from GPR measurements as well as object detection.
MAP Environmental Research has drawn a lot of interest because of its innovative surveying technology. Consequently it was approach by a number of larger engineering firms interesting to apply these technologies on wider bases. As MAP lacked the resources for wider distribution of its products and continuation of new developments it decided to cooperate with a large international consultancy and engineering group, the Grontmij NV. This cooperation will likely be effective in the autumn of 2000. The large resources of Grontmij (over 4000 employees) will give MAP wide support for performing the RTD role in the Geowaters project.
The core business of MAP is GPR surveys (Land and water), as well as the development of specialised software for GPR applications. MAP works throughout Europe, and is establishing links in the Far East.
MAP was selected for participation in this project because it is one of the leading Dutch GPR companies, and has a long experience in the development of GPR applications and software. They were one of two companies selected by the STOWA (the research institute of the Dutch water-boards) in 1998-1999 to conduct a combined research project to investigate the possibilities and limitations of GPR for surveying Dutch water floors.
R&D has always been a large part of the activities of MAP, and the benefits from this project will include:
- Intensify international contacts with scientific community
Getting more experience with underwater GPR in different countries / sediment settings.
Be at the 'frontline' of new developments on water GPR applications
David Koning is working now for two years in MAP. His main task is
Marketing and Project coordination. Through clients he is involved in demands
and changes in the market and set it down as a productline and by this guiding
the way for MAP in the future. His working experience is mainly communications
in and around companies and is already for 10 years in this bussiness. His main
background is land and water management and development. By combining his
specific knowledge with the highly technical knowledge inside MAP a more solid
future for the company has been created.