Suffolk Survey and Subsea Services (S4), is an independent, private limited company, based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK, providing management consultancy services & solutions to the marine survey/ geoscience and offshore energy sectors.

S4 will be strategic partnering with likeminded & trusted consultants utilising our extensive experience & networking to assist in serving larger client projects or turnkey projects whereby additional support or knowledgebase is required to be fulfilled.

Consultancy with Passion.
Consultancy via Collaboration.
Local roots with a global reach.
Arron Burrows
Director & owner of Suffolk Survey and Subsea Services (S4)

Arron is a highly regarded and competent Director/ Senior Manager/ Hydrographic Surveyor (FIG/IHO Category A) with 33 years’ experience in the offshore survey/ marine geoscience industry (including extensive experience within the subsea inspection & ROV sectors), predominantly in the offshore oil and gas, IRM, subsea construction, hydrographic/ UXO and submarine cable/ telecoms/ renewable energy (O&M) industries as well as considerable R&D/ Innovation. Amongst other attributes, Mr. Burrows has a wealth of experience in personnel & resourcing supply, personal development & welfare, business development and technical support/ tendering & commercial.

He is a highly passionate, motivated, knowledgeable, proactive, dynamic, efficient and organised individual who is very quality and competency driven. An excellent communicator, team player and man manager who is very well connected within the survey/ROV/inspection industry at main contractor level as well as for onshore/ offshore personnel supply.

His onshore experience of 22 years to date includes company owner & director, operations & department management, commercial, projects, HR & personnel management, survey and software training/ lecturing, marketing, survey and software support, subsea data integrity monitoring solutions, survey & subsea engineering (OFTO & offshore renewables focused) R&D.

Arron’s offshore experience totalled 11 years with worldwide placements for marine survey/ geoscience, oil & gas construction & pipelay support, subsea inspection, submarine cable preparatory, installation and burial works for power, telecoms and offshore renewables/ wind.

Arron’s recent responsibilities include:

  • Director & owner of Suffolk Survey & Subsea Services (S4) from May 2019 providing collaborative management consultancy services to the offshore energy sector.
  • Commercial manager of Next Geosolutions UKCS in the UK bringing in directly over GBP 8 million of business via tender awards and supporting a further GBP 12 million+ of awarded business. Also involved in business development and considerable R&D/ innovation.

    • Gained UK Carbon Trust award for subsea NDT grout annulus inspection technology on monopiles and pin piles for offshore wind.

  • Director/ part owner of RMS Submarine (a marine resource solutions and management company) – setup the company in 2013, going from GBP 0 to 2.4mill turnover (with max. 5 staff) in 4 years selling 100% to Next Geosolutions in 2017 (achieving shareholder 5 year business plan to build up and sell). RMS provided personnel, and resourced turnkey solutions to the offshore energy (namely offshore wind) sector, including over 25,000 man hours of client representative supply.

  • Director of Survey & Subsea at Offshore Marine Management tasked with a co. senior management colleague in 2009 to grow initial concept business model of marine survey and cable preparatory/ installation works to the offshore wind sector. Within 4 months awarded GBP 4 mill+ of business and over 4 years grew to 35mill + turnover and 75 staff prior to setting up RMS above. Setup from scratch in 2009 the survey and subsea engineering department within the business, complete with workshop and equipment support for operations.

    • R&D and Innovation during employ with OMM included instigating, design & implementation, managing and marketing/ tendering the EPOCH OWF marine coordination & monitoring system and solution (Enhanced Project and Offshore Cable History) including its installation and usage at OMM’s Cuxport Marine Coordination Centre. Also conception and design of the ATROV system (All Terrain ROV) for shore to offshore subsea inspection surveys of submarine cables and platform/ structural assets combined with instigated and managed OMM GIS and Digital Video suites for annual subsea data and asset integrity monitoring solutions offered within the Survey & Subsea department.

Outside of work, Arron voluntarily runs and manages Risby Greens Youth Football Club, enjoying having the opportunity to give something back to local youth and the community. Now entering its 9th season the club has 3 teams (having taken both teams from 7yrs old) now playing in the Suffolk Youth League (U16, U14 boys and a U12 Girls wildcats side). The club has had several successful seasons winning many West Suffolk football competitions. Arron is a massive Ipswich Town FC (Tractor boys) fan (since 1977) and a regular to home matches at Portman Road. He is also a keen runner and MTB rider when having the time.

Suffolk Survey and Subsea Services (S4) Management Consultant Partners
Jose Maria Alvarez Alda
Marine Survey, Construction Support & Submarine Cable Specialist

Jose has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Navigation/ Hydrography and is a Marine Survey, Construction Support and Submarine Cable Specialist.

With over 20 years’ experience in managing a diverse variety of offshore construction and subsea installation projects, involving cable laying operations, cable landings, cable remedial works, cable burial (trenching and jetting), diving activities (Air and Sat), ROV operations, and geophysical, geotechnical, PLGR’s and UXO surveys.

Jose has significant expertise in coordinating and managing projects, he also has successful experience in tendering and financial management (both contract and claim management), experience in managing subcontractors, risk assessments organising HSE aspects of the projects.

Jose has also extensive experience interacting with diverse key stakeholders, he has excellent organisational, planning and time management skills, logical thinking with a creative problem-solving ability, he has a perfect understanding of budget control, ability to work well with others and lead a team.

Jose is accustom to working in co-operation with QHSE Managers, Directors and Commercial Managers, he has been responsible for issuing Quality Control Plans and QHSE documentation, allocating personnel and equipment to the project and controlling project costs, managing invoicing, and ensuring vessels preparation and readiness documentation.

Jose’s communication skills and creative problem-solving abilities make him an invaluable project manager.

Jonathan Everest
Hydrographic Survey and Submarine Cable Specialist

20 years’ experience in a variety of roles spanning the offshore energy industry. Specialising in subsea pipeline construction survey for oil & gas, subsea engineering, and cable installation work for the offshore renewables sector.

Jonathan has end-to-end knowledge of offshore projects having spent the first 11 years offshore and subsequently onshore encompassing; Project Development and Management (project values up to £2m), Technical Requirements, Commercial (Company Needs, Client Requirements and Project Integrations) and High Level HSEQ requirements for project delivery. He enjoys working in a friendly team environment and believe in an open book approach for developing and resolving issues to meet and exceed clients’ expectations.

Project Experience and Knowledge of; ROV survey, geophysical survey (nearshore and offshore), inspections surveys, cable installations (OWF and Export), fiber optic cables, ROV and trenching systems and ploughs. Procedural and document preparation, project planning (MS project), client liaison and final project reporting.

Commercial Experiences of; contract review and assessment against company requirements (risk analysis), preparation and delivery of winning proposals (including BAFO values range from £100k to ca. £9m), cost and procurement for tenders, strategy development, tender handover to projects, client meetings, presentations, negotiations and management of tenders through CRM systems.

HSEQ experience of; review and development of project for HIRA, review and compilation of tender HSE material, documentation control, development of company templates, setting standards and processes and Client Audits.

Outside of work Jonathan enjoys most sports, in particular rugby. He participates in regular military style training sessions which encourages leadership and team work through exercise. He also assists with training of under 10s at cricket for his local village team.

Angus Beattie
QHSE, Marine Seismic and Navigation (Survey & Positioning) Specialist

Angus graduated with an HND in Hydrography in 1988 and started work offshore as a survey positioning specialist for Geco A/S within the marine geophysical exploration sector. After later moving to Petroleum Geo Services, shortly after its conception, the bulk of his time was spent working offshore as Chief Navigator on multi vessel, 3D, 4D, HD3D and undershooting operations in complex SIMOPs scenarios, followed by work on the innovative Ramform seismic vessels towing and positioning up to 14, 6000m seismic streamers, while simultaneously fulfilling the role of assistant Party Manager.

During this time with Petroleum Geo Services, Angus, as a senior navigation specialist within the organisation, also worked on in-house company projects to update company Quality Assurance and Quality Control material to produce and develop internal technical training course material, the core of which is still in use today.

From 2007, Angus worked as an offshore Party Manager involved with multiple towed streamer spreads and latterly with Ocean Bottom Node projects, again in complex SIMOPs situations around existing surface and subsurface infrastructure. This required managing offshore operations in highly pressurised situations on high value, safety focussed contracts for oil Super Majors in remote locations worldwide. During this time, Angus gained invaluable QHSE management experience and participated in a number of incident investigations and root cause analyses receiving post project review recognition from more then one super major client for his effective approach.

Having gained extensive working experience offshore in operations and QHSE management as well as experience of incident management, investigation and implementation of remedial measures, Angus formalised this experience with attainment of NEBOSH General, Environmental and Fire Safety certification and is a technical member of IOSH.

Away from work, Angus is a family man with an interest in classic cars and cycling.

Eckhard Bruckschen
Director of Undersea Cable Consultancy (UCC) & Director/Editor of Sub Cable News (SCN)

Undersea Cable Consultancy Ltd. (UCC) is a private limited company, based in Cottenham, Cambridge, UK, providing consultancy and project management services to the submarine cable industry (telecom & power).

Eckhard has over 30 years’ experience in the submarine cable industry, ranging from development, FEED studies, equipment development, project construction and installation management, capital budget management, system support and engineering, as well as to bid management and sales. As a Master Mariner and MBA, he was involved in the installation of approx. 40,000 km of submarine fibre optic cables (repeatered and unrepeatered) and 2,500 km of HVDC/ HVAC submarine cables.

Involved in the installation of the longest HVDC cable “NORNED” in 2005 – 2007, as well as the first submarine power cable installed in Chile.