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Ogilive Acquires Longdin and Browning Surveys

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The directors at Longdin & Browning will remain, with Stewart Hunt joining the board of Ogilvie Geomatics and John Mills and Tom Cox continuing their roles within the business as senior managers.

The move is a significant expansion for Ogilvie and creates a specialist surveying business within the Group with a team of 46 staff and turnover of over £2 million. Duncan Ogilvie, Chief Executive, Ogilvie Group, said:

“The acquisition is part of a planned strategy for growth in our surveying business. Longdin & Browning has a well-established reputation for quality and customer service, along with a track record that stretches back almost 40 years, which mirrors Ogilvie’s own values and expertise."

Ogilvie Geomatics offers a full range of innovative topographical, Hydrographic, Engineering and Geographic survey solutions across a broad range of sectors in the UK and abroad.

Mark McGarragh, Managing Director, Ogilvie Geomatics, said:

“The addition of Longdin and Browning brings strength in depth to our surveying business and will be backed by continued investment in technology and training that enhances our offering to customers. It will enable us to deliver larger projects from a wider geographic network.”

Ogilvie Geomatics operates from offices in Renfrew, Milton Keynes and Swansea. The directors and staff at Longdin & Browning will remain with the business.

Ogilvie Group is one of Scotland’s most consistently successful family owned businesses, with an annual turnover of around £180 million. The company is over 60 years old and employs over 400 people across its various UK business operations. 

PAS99 accreditation

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing consistent professional results to our clients, Longdin and Browning has now completed its Integrated management Registration with BSI, which combines its Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety accreditations into one ISO standard, ensuring there are clearly defined roles and responsibilities highlight common objectives and makes it easier to continually improve all your management systems. Supporting the EA for another 5 years

We have secured a 5 year contract with the Environment Agency to support their remotely sensed data using a variety of aircraft and boat mounted devices. Thiscontract was awardedby providing the best tender evaluated against cost, technical ability, organisational strength, Health and Safety considerations and environmental practices.

40 Years and counting

Longdin and Browning is now 40 years old and has witnessed 8 Prime Ministers, 16 England football managers, and the cost of a pint of beer going up from 38p to £3 50p! Whilst it is debateable whether any of the above have improved over the years, L&B has made a significant contribution to the world of surveying, and continues to do so. We have worked in 75 countries and over 15 years ago we created a survey technology (patented) for motorway pavement surveys. We won the Queens award for industry and various innovation technology awards . Today, the company strives to maintain a very high standard of service to its clients, despite living through a 3rd recession. We hope to be here for many years to come.

Hydrographic surveying goes from strength to strength

Further term contracts have been secured for various clients including the Environment agency and Nuclear facility owners to provide data that will be used for flood analysis, checking siltation on major rivers and monitoring cooling reservoirs.

Assistance for Managed Motorways

We have worked with consultants and contractors on the Major MAC areas for many years. We are currently working through a series of projects ensuring the current “Managed Motorways” program being adopted by the Highways Authority are deployed smoothly by providing vital underground service information and electronic trial hole data to ensure safe and efficient installation of gantries and ducting.


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