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.