- On 29th January 2020
- In General
- By William
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m William Coulet, and five years ago I started Exo Environmental to enable work and research in this fascinating and fairly bespoke sector.
I studied land and water management in the Netherlands for my BSc (2008) and after working for a few years as an Environmental Consultant, I studied MSc Environmental Sciences at UEA in Norwich.
Whist finalising my MSc (2011) I started a four-year Project Managers role with the Broads Authority, involving the Promoting Integrated Sediment Management (PRISMA) project. Utilising a £1.6 million budget to deliver innovative dredging and beneficial use projects throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
With my experience, skill set and international contacts I decided to continue work in the dredging sector through Exo, focusing on innovation and the beneficial use of dredged material.
With my passion for the environment and awareness of environmental degradation, environmental services offered by Exo grew steadily over the years, including sediment, water and bathymetric surveys. This growth also included expanding the number of skilled employees, the office and the workshop.
The iconic project Using Sediment As a Resource (USAR) allowed Exo to further develop and deliver dredging and beneficial use projects from 2016. With thanks to the Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners and contractors involved, this £1.1 million project will be successfully delivered by April 2020.
Looking back at the humble beginnings, it makes me extremely proud to see where the company is now. Last year (2019) we started the three-year Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Cities (SARCC) project which has a total budget of €10.3m, we implemented ISO systems, registered GeoBlock™ for a Trademark and achieved unique surface textures through 3D printing, just to name a few!
Looking ahead, the future brings more exciting projects and innovation. We’ve started innovative CEFAS Oyster spat collectors based on GeoBlock™ technology. We are delivering projects like SARCC, utilising Nature-Based solutions to deliver hybrid Blue-Green infrastructure through eco-reefs. Not forgetting about our bread and butter services like environmental surveys on the river Trent and consultancy services like Water Framework Directive assessments in Norwich.
I’d like to acknowledge and thank our fantastic clients and academic colleagues that make our work possible. If you want to know more about our services, just have a quick look at our latest brochures, or get in touch with us, I’m confident that we can help.
Thank you for reading my 2020 message, and best wishes for the new year.