Falkor 2013 Multibeam Echosounder System Review

The transducer impedances are similar to baseline measurements with exception of the EM710 transducer impedances. This latter potential issue is being examined with the manufacturer but we do not feel, after consultation with the manufacturer, that there is any cause for concern. Noise levels have not changed significantly since the 2012 trials in “Science” mode. Review of the noise results by Tim Gates indicates that there are some modules reporting higher noise levels compared to measurements taken by Gates in early 2012 and may warrant a closer investigation

Falkor 2012 Multibeam Echosounder System Review

RV Falkor is equipped with Kongsberg Maritime (KM) EM302 and EM710 multibeam echosounders (MBES). Both systems underwent Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) in May 2012 in Sognefjord, Norway. The bathymetric and topographic constraints imposed by the fjord limited the ability to fully test the EM302. Additional system testing was conducted during a second set of trials while in transit from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK to Nuuk, Greenland in July 2012.

Kilo Moana 2012 Sea Acceptance Report


The EM122 and EM710 systems both appear to be configured correctly and, for the most part, adequately calibrated. Small MRU roll alignment residuals do exist and it is recommended that these be confirmed as soon as possible through acquisition of a pair of reciprocal survey lines over a flat and featureless seafloor. Verification lines should have been run for calibration tests for both systems, however, time constraints on the cruise schedule precluded this. It is standard practice to run verification lines.

Kilo Moana 2012 Quality Assurance Report


The point of the QAT visit was to help the host institution in developing protocols and practices that are conducive to the acquisition of high quality multibeam data. Even with a finely tuned and calibrated survey system, it is still possible to collect poor quality data through poor choice of operational system parameters, etc. Software tools to aid in this regard were deployed and documentation was prepared that can help return the system to a healthy configuration such that the institution can recover from a sub-optimal system configuration.

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