Simon Atkinson

CEO / Founder of Texas Surveys

Simon’s career in surveying and “as-built” data collection started in 1994. Still active in fieldwork operations and new procedures development, Simon is one of the most experienced laser scanning professionals in the world.

Born in Huddersfield England. Simon graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a B.Sc. in Construction Management in addition to a Post Grad. Diploma in Building Studies.

Initially working in construction as a local in-house Architectural Technician progressing to Drainage Surveyor for Taylor Woodrow a multinational Construction & Engineering company.

In Jan 1994 Simon joined Kvaerner Surveys in Warrington, UK as part of a pilot project to build a specialized photogrammetry survey team to support offshore engineering. Tasked with capturing “as is” or “as built” data safely but with speed and efficiently. The system combined traditional survey with HD stereo photography. This enabled the designers to build highly detailed and accurate engineering quality 3D digital models, for revamp and retrofit projects.

Transferring to Kvaerner USA in December 1994 on a 2 month assignment, Simon is still in Texas, continuing his career with developing surveying technologies. Now Married with a family, Simon obtained dual citizenship (UK/USA) in 2010.

1996 Simon Transferred to Fluor Daniel as Houston Office Manager for the Applied Computer Solutions group. The group was tasked with codeveloping procedures with Fluor Daniel California, to combine photogrammetry with a new technology called Laser Scanning. So successful were the results, that these same procedures are widely used throughout the industry to the present day.

In 1998 Simon agreed to joined Cyra Technology (now Leica Geosystems), to assist in developing software and procedures for the developing Cyrax 2400 & 2500 Laser Scanning units before moving to INOVx Solutions.

1999 - Simon was invited to assist with the setup and launch of a new startup company called INOVx Solutions. As one of the original 8 member team from Fluor Daniel, Simon headed the Houston Office to promote laser scanning services in the Energy Capitol of the World. In addition to supporting local engineering companies in the adoption of laser scanning, and promoting this new procedure as the best way to capturing as-is data safely, quickly and efficiently. Simon also trained new recruits and wrote procedures. Throughout this period Simon continued to develop new procedures to adapt to each new technology and software release. Many of which are still used industry wide today.

In 2005 Simon was asked to set up and develop a new “Business Vertical” for CDI Houston. The new discipline introduced to the company was HDDS (High Definition Digital Surveying). Working closely with the Piping Dept. new procedures were developed and exceptional results were achieved. Based on this impressive performance, DuPont carried out a detailed Six Sigma study to analyze all aspects of the process. DuPont found that to not use laser scan data on revamp and retro fit projects, would cause an extension of the design phase and an increase in rework. The resulting additional direct and indirect costs related to hold up in productivity was substantially more than the initial cost of Scanning. DuPont concluded that Laser Scanning should be used on all DuPont projects regardless of size. Following the DuPont success, Simon introduced the same concept and procedures to General Electric and their Energy Services Division.

The economic crash of 2008 caused mass unemployment throughout Houston. The HDDS department at CDI was put on hold and all personnel laid off. In this harsh economic environment, Simon moved forward and founded Texas Surveys. Having developed a trusted network of colleagues and associates around the world. Texas Surveys focused on supporting companies left without the trusted laser scanning services of CDI. Working closely with Axiem International, Texas Surveys has become the world leader in the scanning and surveying of large industrial turbine power systems. With over 100 turbines scanned globally since Jan 2009, Some of the worlds largest Turbine Manufacturers have been able to significantly reduce rework and develop new and improved shutdown schedules, while offering their clients additional enhanced services.

Laser Scanning is now a standard operation for conversions, modifications and upgrades of some of the leading gas turbine manufacturers in the world.