Today’s shallow water multibeam echosounder are capable of efficiently delivering bathymetry, backscatter and water column data types. To benefit from this technology, Hydrographers are having to adjust their data collection and data processing workflows to deliver detailed and accurate information in an effective manner to a wider variety of End Users.
The acquisition of QPS by Saab opened up for the possibility for closer integration between the Saab AUV platforms and the data acquisition software from QPS. This resulted in a joint project in 2014 to demonstrate a high end survey system that was capable of very accurate combined sonar, multibeam bathymetry, video and subbottom profiling. The system is based on Saabs hovering AUV capable of very stable autonomous close up scanning of both structures and bottom features. The QPS data acquisition software ensures that all data is collected together with navigation data in an optimal way for precision and further processing. The result is merged data of high quality that is easily evaluated and exported.