Sikuliaq 2014 Acoustic Test Report

Gates Acoustic Services was tasked by University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to investigate and quantify acoustic issues associated with operation of the R/V SIKULIAQ. An at-sea investigation was accomplished during ship operations in deep water out of San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 12-18, 2014.

Sikuliaq 2014 Sea Acceptance Report

The multibeam systems and attendant sensors on R/V Sikuliaq were successfully evaluated. The installation and integration of the systems is compliant with current best-practices and there are no major deficiencies that should hinder anticipated missions. Installation parameters and configurations of the systems have been verified and all patch-tests have been completed and loaded to the systems. As configured at the end of the SAT cruise and as detailed in this report, the systems are ready for generalized mapping activities including bathymetry, seafloor backscatter, and water-column work.

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).

Roger Revelle 2013 Quality Assurance Report


The accuracy (repeatability, strictly speaking) analysis indicates that the system is performing within expected levels. The EM122 appears to be configured correctly and adequately calibrated. A full patch test calibration was conducted with the offsets being applied in SIS; follow up confirmation calibrations indicate that the offsets are correct. A residual bias exists in the system that is associated with the multibeam system itself and not the MRUs (as it was common to both the Hydrins and Seapath).

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.

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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