Record year at Aberdeen tech start-up

L to R is Richard Drennan, Chris Harvey and Lynn Park
L to R is Richard Drennan, Chris Harvey and Lynn Park

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2018 has been a momentous year for subsea 3d scanning specialists, Viewport3. Despite being in only their second year of trading, the Aberdeenshire tech start-up has enjoyed turnover and growth far in excess of their projections.

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Over the past year the Ellon-based firm’s turnover increased 34 times, from £10,000 to over £340,000. This remarkable growth rate has enabled Viewport3 to expand its floor-space as well as its team by three new roles with further scaling plans in place.

Viewport3 specialise in providing underwater photogrammetry services – using ROV or diver mounted cameras to obtain technical grade point-cloud data for operators and marine contractors.

Over the course of 2018, Viewport3 calculate that they have saved operators in excess of £6.6 million. The bulk of these savings arose from the reduced requirement for marine services, not just during the capture sessions themselves, but also during the follow-up engineering phase thanks to the accuracy of Viewport3’s photogrammetry technique which helps to mitigate on-site re-work.

Moreover, because Viewport3 integrate their high accuracy photogrammetry process into the work flow that has already been planned, they minimise project disruption and risk, helping to eradicate the need for additional hardware, logistics and bed space.

Viewport3’s system uses existing equipment, namely divers, ROVs and their cameras, saving clients from having to buy or hire any additional hardware, such as more costly and time-intensive laser systems.

Chris Harvey, one of the directors of Viewport 3, said: “2018 has been a fantastic year for us, with turnover and growth exceeding all expectations. Over the course of the year our reputation for retrieving technical grade data with proven accuracies of under 1mm via an efficient and cost-effective process, has grown considerably.

“This year has also seen us expand our team and allowed us to take advantage of the rich pool of talent we have here in the North-east, which has been another highlight for us.”

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