Automated optimisation of simultaneous multibeam and sidescan sonar seabed mapping

Edward Thurman, James Riordan, Daniel Toal

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With the costs involved in offshore seabed mapping being very large and dominated principally by the expense of survey vessel time, any improvement in the planning and execution of seabed mapping, improvement in the quality of the resulting data, and especially reduction in survey costs are of significant interest to the marine and offshore community. This paper presents a terrain adaptive seabed mapping system, which simultaneously operates co-located high-resolution multibeam and sidescan sonar of similar frequency. The automated system is based on the interleaving of sonar transmission-reception cycles to avoid interference. The proposed system optimises the execution of the seabed mapping survey, improves the quality of the data and reduces survey costs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOceans 2007 - Europe
ISBN (Print)9781424406340
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventOCEANS 2007 - Europe - Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Duration: 18 Jun 200721 Jun 2007


ConferenceOCEANS 2007 - Europe


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