7 QUESTIONS WITH LANCE HANSON, PROJECT MANAGER HORIZON GEOSCIENCES

By LANCE HANSON

Tell us about yourself?

I am a British national, 34 years old. I graduated from Oxford, UK  in Project Management in 2003, after spending 5 years living in  working in London, I moved to the Middle East to take up a new  adventure.

In May 2009, I joined Horizon Geosciences as Project Manager,  responsible for running survey & geotechnical projects in the Middle  East. After completing a role as Qatar Country Manger, I am now  acting as Projects Director responsible for the performance of the  Survey division’s projects.

What do you enjoy most in your job?

I am very fortunate to be working with extremely loyal and  dedicated people at Horizon. We share the common goal, to make  Horizon more successful. This certainly helps to make most of my  days at the office very pleasurable.

We take part in regular staff bonding activities, such as incentive  outings and events. Balancing work and play is important and we  are careful not to overload our staff, we do this by ensuring that  the workload is distributed evenly and fairly. Having expanded to over 450 staff, we have retained our flexible approach which fosters  growth and helps us build strong, long lasting relationships with  clients.

Why do you choose to work with MEO? How is MEO different from competitors?

My first experience of MEO was to hire the MEO Ranger, a DP2  vessel for ROV support services in the Middle East. It has been a  pleasure to work with MEO as the company provides extremely  professional services. MEO’s Technical Fleet Manager, Bob Slot has  been very supportive of our every need.

What do you hope to see in the future partnership with MEO? 

Simply more DP1 & DP2 vessels in the region. MEO is approachable,  providing good service and quality vessel management. We look  forward to working more closely with MEO in the future.

 

” IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK  WITH MEO AS THE COMPANY  PROVIDES EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL  SERVICES “

 

What are the expansion plans of Horizon Geosciences going forward?

We are happy with our progress but given the uncertainty in  the marketplace in recent times, our strategy is to strengthen, rationalise and consolidate. Investments we made in specialised  technology and equipment, before the drop in oil prices, are coming  into their own, allowing us to cut costs on sub-contracting, leasing  and transportation.

The growth we have experienced over the last decade is testament  to our dedication to Quality, Health & Safety, the Environment and  our People. These focus areas enable us to achieve our strategic  business objectives in a sustainable way and hopefully we will  remain one of the main contractors of choice for Survey and  Geotechnical services during these challenging market conditions.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I am keen golfer and all round sports man.

How’s life in Dubai?

It can be very hot during summer, but I enjoy the great culture,  vibrancy and quality of life. Also, Dubai being a business hub, it is a  great place to network and make new contacts.