Nathaniel B. Palmer 2014 Sea Acceptance Report


The Kongsberg Maritime (KM) EM120 multibeam echosounder (MBES) aboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP), installed in 2002, recently received two upgrades through the installation of a KM Seapath 330 position and attitude sensor (November, 2013) and replacement of the original EM120 transceiver with an EM122 transceiver (June, 2014).

Hugh R. Sharp 2012 Sea Acceptance Report

The Reson 7125 system is correctly installed and integrated with the POSMV and Hypack acquisition system and there is no indication of errors in the integration of the systems. There remains uncertainty in the absolute accuracy of the depths due to the inadequately documented sonar z-offset calculation. High quality surveys were collected during the cruise immediately following Hurricane Sandy (Nov. 10, 2012) and attest to the quality of the installation and the integration of the survey system components.

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.

Thompson 2010 Sea Acceptance Report


A sea acceptance trial (SAT) was conducted to evaluate the performance of the EM302 multibeam echosounder (MBES) onboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson in October 2010 off the coast of Washington state. Excellent sea conditions permitted continuous acquisition with all planned survey sites being successfully mapped. It is the intent of this report to document the results of the SAT and to provide recommendations on further improvements that can be made to maximize the performance and accuracy of the system for both bathymetric and acoustic backscatter measurements.

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