We Love What We Do

They say that when you work in a job doing what you love to do, then it's not work.  And that's how it is at iXblue Australia.  We love planning and undertaking surveys - especially the more challenging projects.

Our core team is comprised of seven highly qualified and experienced Hydrographic Surveyors and a Finance Manager who keeps everything organised and running efficiently. The team's background is in delivering safety and navigation surveys for government bodies, defence, the mining, resources, oil and gas industries.

For large projects or multi project schedules, we have access to the team from our French office and a pool of expert contractors.

More Than the Usual Qualifications

A key point of difference with iXblue is our depth of qualifications and industry certification.  Our team members have obtained the highest possible certifications in the survey industry.

There are two types of education and certification when it comes to the hydrographic survey.

  1. Category A and Category B levels which are awarded after successful completion of theoretical and practical courses devised by IHO / FIG / ICA (International Hydrographic Organization / International Federation of Surveys / International Cartographic Association).  Category A is the highest level.  This is the academic qualification required to undertake survey work.
  2. AHSCP Level 1 and Level 2 certification.  This internationally recognised scheme is provided by the Australasian Hydrographic Surveyors Certification Panel (AHSCP) and jointly sponsored by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) Hydrography Commission and the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) and is only available to qualified Surveyors who have logged considerable field experience.  AHSCP Level 1 certification is the highest level of professional certification that a hydrographer can attain.  The SSSI Hydrography Commission produced a Hydrographer Certification Video to explain what the certification is all about.

Our core team includes four IHO / FIG / ICA Category A trained hydrographic surveyors as well as several Category B surveyors. Each of our Category A Surveyors also hold AHSCP SSSI certification.

Meet the iXblue Australia Team

David Donohue, iXblue Australia

David Donohue conducts equipment tests on the Brisbane River

Dave Field, iXblue Australia

Dave Field keeps costs down by catching the crew's dinner

Jeremy McCaffrey inspects the pole damage after a tough day surveying

Jeremy McCaffrey inspects the pole damage after a tough day surveying

Rhys Davies, iXblue Australia

Rhys Davies plays in the mud during the Sepik River survey in PNG

David Dohohue

David Donohue, Managing Director

IHO / FIG Category A Surveyor

David served for 15 years as a Hydrographic Surveying Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Administration and Post Graduate Diploma in Hydrographic Surveying. Before founding iXblue Australia, he worked for several years for a marine equipment supplier.  He lives in beautiful downtown Brisbane with his wife and three children.

Dave Field iXblue AUSTRALIA

Dave Field, Operations Director

IHO / FIG Category A and SSSI AHSCP Level 1 Certified Surveyor

"Dave 2" has over 15 years experience in the survey industry. He was an officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy for 12 years before joining iXblue Australia in 2007. Dave spent four years in the field conducting surveys for iXblue before concentrating on managing the companies Operations and the HSEQ system. He lives in Waipu Cove, New Zealand with his wife and two young daughters.

Rhys Davies

Rhys Davies, Senior Surveyor

IHO/FIG Category B and SSSI AHSCP Level 2 Certified Surveyor

Rhys spent nine years as a Surveyor in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) before joining iXblue Australia in 2008. During Rhys' service in the RNZN, he gained significant experience in GIS (geographic information systems) and is our in-house CARIS GIS expert. Rhys is currently undertaking the PG Diploma Course in Hydrographic Surveying at the University of Plymouth, UK. He lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with his wife and young son.

Jeremy McCaffrey

Jeremy McCaffrey, Surveyor


Jeremy is a recent graduate from the University of Otago. He joined iXblue in early 2016, having previously been involved in a number of hydrographic surveys with iXblue. Jeremy has come from a boating background and holds his Commercial Skipper's qualifications. He resides in Picton, New Zealand and enjoys fishing and diving in his time off.

Elizabeth Johnstone

Elizabeth Johnstone

Ph.D Scripps Institution of Oceanography, BSc Biology, BSc Marine Science

Dr. Elizabeth Johnstone is a marine geologist specializing in bathymetric surveying and sediment dynamics. She has over 15 years of experience using geophysical tools to conduct seafloor mapping around the world. She develops novel approaches to produce four-dimensional data products for integration into marine geological studies. She has also worked in various regions around the island of Papua to help with community outreach and education. During her free-time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time on the Sunshine Coast with her family.

Andrew Price, Surveyor

IHO/FIG Category A Surveyor, MSc Hydrographic Surveying, Ba Archaeology

Andrew joined iXblue in late 2017 after almost five years representing the New Zealand Hydrographic Authority at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), contract managing the domestic civil hydrography program. Andrew graduated from the IHO Category A course run jointly through University College London (UCL) and the Port of London Authority (PLA). After spending time in the Norwegian Oil and Gas sector Andrew settled back in New Zealand. He currently lives in New Plymouth with his fiancée. In his spare time, Andrew can be found practicing the other passion in his life – surfing!

Geoff Lawes, Chief Technical Officer / Regional Sales Manager

IHO/FIG Category A, MSc Hydrographic Science, BSc (Hons) Computer Science, BSc Physics

Geoff commenced his career as a junior officer in the Royal Australian Navy as a student at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Geoff completed his studies in Computer Science and Physics in 2006 before commencing his specialist RAN Navigation and Officer of the Watch training. Geoff served in HMA Ships KANIMBLA, MELBOURNE and NEWCASTLE before commencing specialist Hydrographic training in 2009. He has served in both the LEEUWIN and PALUMA Class Hydrographic Ships in various roles including Senior Assistant Surveyor, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. Geoff joined iXblue in early 2018 and will be filling two key positions within the iXblue Australasia business unit. These will see Geoff as the Regional Sales Manager – Australasia and the Chief Technical Officer for the iXblue Survey Division – Australasia. Geoff resides in Queensland with his young family and is looking forward to growing the iXblue business in the region.