Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA)
The Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) and ORCA Marine offer a comprehensive archaeological service of interest to the likes of industry, communities, government agencies, developers and landowners. ORCA staff have years of experience in all types of archaeological work throughout Britain and abroad, but particularly in Scotland and especially the Highlands and Islands. All team members are suitably qualified professionals with a variety of academic qualifications at undergraduate, masters and doctorate level.
ORCA and ORCA Marine’s commercial and research capabilities include environmental impact assessments, historic environment consultancy, management and mitigation plans, environmental and archaeological geophysics, geomatics, laser scanning, standing building survey, archaeological evaluation, watching briefs and excavation, environmental archaeology (especially analysis of faunal bone, pollen, peat, waterlogged and charred plant remains), marine archaeology, interpretation of marine remote sensing data, exploration geophysics (including collection of sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiling data), archaeological sciences, geoarchaeology and diving science.
ORCA and ORCA Marine’s research and applied research projects include the well-publicised work on the Ness of Brodgar; the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Geophysics Programme; Scapa Flow shipwrecks; and Project Adair. The units also work with the construction industry, utility companies, energy developers, the public sector and community outreach programmes. ORCA and ORCA Marine have been closely involved with several marine renewable energy developments in Orkney Waters, the Pentland Firth and off the Western Isles, as well as subsea cable and gas pipeline projects off Shetland and in the North Sea, and with electricity infrastructure projects such as the construction of grid cable connections and converter stations.
Robert Gordon University
Robert Gordon University provides industry led undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to highly relevant awards and degrees. The teaching staff have an outstanding reputation for quality and academic research and our track record in graduate employment is amongst the best in the UK. RGU were one of only three Scottish Universities that received the gold award for the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
The range of degree courses include online degrees as well as traditional taught courses in subjects as diverse as art and design, management, engineering, health and social care. Resonating through our culture is the desire to foster relationships with local, regional and global communities to develop socially responsible citizens and promote ethical behaviour.
A research hub was established in Stromness in 2018 as part of the RGU Orkney Project, a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to supporting the islands with research, expertise and student activity to help overcome challenges faced by the local community.
Roving Eye Enterprises
Roving Eye provide cost effective ROV services and work boat charter in Orkney, Scotland. The company offers its clients a professional and experienced team for a variety of tasks.
Roving Eye’s latest ROV facilities allow surveys in challenging locations, including pipelines, cables, jetties, piles, seabed and hulls. Moreover, the company’s service capability also includes object and cable recovery, diver safety and visual surface support. A complete survey package can be tailored to client requirements, including multi beam, bottom sub profiler, side scan sonar and ADCP systems.
The recently expanded Roving Eye fleet allows us to push our working capability further in and offshore into new locations.
We also can offer lifting equipment via Knuckle-Boom crane to 600 kg at 5.5 metre extension. Naturally our focus extends to safety throughout all operations, our craft are certified and coded for the task in hand, while our friendly crew are experienced and happy to integrate with our clients’ team members.