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Multibeam Echosounders

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Increased-resolution Bathymetry in the Southeast Indian Ocean

The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March 2014 led to a deep ocean search effort of unprecedented scale and detail in the remote southeastern Indian Ocean. Between June 2014 and January 2017, two mapping phases took place: (1) a shipborne bathymetric su... (read more)

Subsea Cable Route Surveying

Almost all (99%) international data is transmitted by around 265 subsea cable systems connecting the world. The total length of subsea cables exceeds 1.6 million kilometres, and they can be found as deep as 8,000m. The cables, which can cost hundreds of millions of dollars,... (read more)

Developments and Trends in Multibeam Echo Sounders

The multibeam echo sounders available on the market are constantly evolving as technology advances and as sonar producers seek new ways of refining and utilising the products. In this article we will provide a snapshot of current products and trends from the dominant (high-e... (read more)



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Multibeam Echosounders

More than the Common Dataset

The biennial event Shallow Survey was held in Plymouth, UK, from 14-18 September 2015. The Roland Levinsky building of the university hosted the conference, welcoming over 300 delegates. The trade show with  45 stands was spread over three floors. In addition to the pap... (read more)

Technology in Focus: Multi-beam Echosounders

The evolution of multi-beam echo sounders (MBES) is leading to systems with enhanced capabilities in their traditional markets, but also provides features to allow the expansion of their use into new areas and applications. This short review highlights some of the features o... (read more)

The Art of Bathymetry

Great advancements have been made in three dimensional printing over the last few years and have made an impressionable impact across a variety of industries. 3D printings’ versatility can be incorporated into any industry that has some form of three dimensional design... (read more)

Backscatter - From Ping to Database

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) is willing to make better use of the backscatter intensity data collected with their multibeam sounding systems. All the backscatter data collected during the last 2 decades were not systematically processed and maintained, so a lot of... (read more)

Very Shallow Water Survey - A New Approach

Hydrographic surveys in very shallow waters can have several applications such as nautical chart updating, performing environmental monitoring and characterisation, determination of dredged volumes, establishing navigational channels or defining general coastlines. When full... (read more)

AUVs in Hydrography

The US Navy and the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) are committed to realising the vision that Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are available, affordable, and can play a critical role for many applications. Working in partnership with NAVOCEANO and the Office of... (read more)

Developing the Ocean ­Survey Workforce

Developing qualified ocean surveyors for the marine geospatial workforce requires an educational opportunity that goes well beyond the limitation of classroom and laboratory exercises. The BEAMS Programme focuses on strengthening technical and applied skills in the next... (read more)

When is it Advantageous to Maximise Swath Width?

Production seafloor surveys for hydrography require careful planning, balancing many factors for operational efficiency. Requirements for meeting International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards for horizontal and vertical uncertainty and object detection must be met,... (read more)

Next-generation Surveyors Using Next-generation Technology

Twenty 3rd-year students of ocean technology from the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (MIWB, The Netherlands) participated in the 4th edition of the Lake Survey. Building on last year’s experience and together with three new partners, Teledyne CARIS and Fugro w... (read more)

Basking in the Dark

Recent hydrographic advances are revolutionising the way the marine environment can be accessed, scanned and quantified. With the emergence of sonar technology and, more recently, remotely or autonomous operating vehicles equipped with sonar, underwater cameras or photogramm... (read more)
Multibeam Echosounders

High-resolution Structural Inspection of a Flooded Tunnel

Acquiring accurate data on the structural integrity of submerged tunnels, as well as shafts and underwater caverns, has long been a challenging and costly problem for water companies, hydroelectric schemes and mine operators alike. While dewatering of tunnels is one option t... (read more)

Multibeam Data Processing

This article is about the evolution of acoustic sounders imposed on Hydrographic Service’s new methodologies for the interpretation, handling and application of hydrographic information. Considering spatial resolution and high-density data acquired by multibeam echosou... (read more)

Teaming up for Multibeam Echo Sounder and Sonar Solutions

Teledyne Marine Acoustic Imaging Group is part of Teledyne Marine and is a provider of advanced multibeam echo sounder and sonar solutions servicing a variety of markets and applications. Single-beam echo sounders and entry level multibeam echo sounder systems are manufactur... (read more)

Multibeam Systems for Extreme Environments

The search for resources and energy reserves for the future is continuously increasing in the polar region. More and more states are trying to stake their claims and to register their rights. For the same reasons, the clarification of the exact borders of the continental loo... (read more)

On the Cusp of A New Hydrographic Era

I became director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey in late August, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to take the helm at this dynamic time in hydrographic history. We are on the cusp of a new era in hydrography. I am, like most field hydrographers, very excited by... (read more)

Searching for HMS Terror

“We know where the target is not located” is the only guaranteed result of any search expedition. This statement does not make for exciting headlines, however, the value of knowledge gained during the search itself and its many benefits to a variety of end-users,... (read more)

Opportunistic Multibeam Surveying

Currently only ten to fifteen percent of the ocean floor has been mapped at resolutions of 100-metre pixel size or better and the vast majority of this mapped area is within territorial waters. One way to significantly increase seafloor coverage is to outsource data collecti... (read more)

INIS Hydro Seabed Mapping Project

Since January 2011, an ambitious EU-funded seabed mapping project has been surveying and charting 7 key marine areas off the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland. Their mission? To harmonise and integrate cross-border baseline marine data coll... (read more)

UAS at the Beach

The North Sea Canal connects the Port of Amsterdam with the sea. The two breakwaters at the mouth of the harbour in IJmuiden, The Netherlands, are usually monitored on displacement of basalt block by airborne Lidar and on subsidence by annual levelling of permanent points. C... (read more)

Excited by Automation Driven by Autonomous Vehicles

NOAA is one of the bigger organisations in the world that has surveying and charting in its portfolio. It’s an immense task as the USA has about 95,000 miles of coastline, important ports and a wide range of users – from recreational boaters to the biggest contai... (read more)
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