LDD Annual Newsletter 2016

It’s been another great year for LDD. Despite our initial fears that 2016 could be a tough year, with limited opportunities, we have managed to keep ourselves busy on some exciting projects.

We have welcomed the opportunity to work with our clients, some old, some new and we’ve shown the value of closer collaboration with sister companies to provide larger scopes of supply and share in project risk. This has been welcomed by our clients.

Read on for how this has shaped our year…

Wikinger Success

We are particularly proud of our success on the Wikinger Project, in which we developed a highly efficient pre-piling template for accurate installation of wind farm piles.

Our design has been field-proven and features subsea hydraulics and sensors with a “smart” control system to achieve the extremely tight installation tolerances required by the project. The system was fully designed, procured, commissioned and operated by LDD and sister company UTEC NCS Survey, who supplied the subsea survey elements of the frame.

We are pleased to report that the frame performed to expectations which is testament to our highly capable design and engineering department and our project teams who operated the frame in the field. Read more in our 2016 Projects Update area.

Working Together

Our Clients have told us that they see a benefit in being able to appoint larger packages of foundation installation related services. This has been seen to result in increased efficiency and a reduction in project cost and risks for the client. In response to this feedback, Acteon (LDD’s Parent), whilst maintaining the strong individual global brands, has organised these group companies into a series of clusters, where existing synergies lie between these separate companies. This will allow key areas of complementary expertise to come together, providing our clients, a larger package of services. LDD is part of the Acteon Foundations Cluster and is joined by, MENCK, CIS, CORE and LM Handling. Initial areas for focus within the Foundation cluster are a “Zero Incident” Health & Safety ambition and commitment to standardise our systems, procedures and practices where it makes best sense.

The purpose of these clusters is to invigorate closer collaboration and integration, to explore different ways in which to support our clients. This could include offering a cluster of services under a single point of contact and under a single contract; offering services on a lump sum basis or sharing project risks and rewards under alternative commercial models.

To encourage this focus on closer collaboration, Acteon has appointed LDD’s founding MD, Jason Clark into a new role as Acteon Group VP for the Acteon Foundations Cluster. Jason is tasked with guiding the cluster and promoting further integration to allow for the group to undertake larger project scopes, whilst encouraging greater operational efficiency.

We look forward to engaging with you to explore the benefits of working with the Foundations Cluster in 2017.

A New Leader

Jason’s move has allowed Andy Seager, who co-founded LDD with Jason, to move into the Managing Director role from VP of Operations and Projects. We’re all excited to work closely with Andy in taking LDD forward into its next chapter.

Andy’s previous position has been divided into two separate roles to prepare for future business expansion. These have been filled by Lee Edwards, who is now Head of Operations and David Knights who is Head of Projects. Both Lee and David have come from within the LDD Operations team which demonstrates the exciting personal development opportunities offered by the LDD business.

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