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2020 Kilo Moana EM122/EM710 QAT

Multibeam System:

EM122

EM710

CruiseID:

KM2008B

KM 2020 QAT Planning Overview

  • The University of Hawaii’s UNOLS vessel R/V Kilo Moana(KM) is equipped with Kongsberg Maritime EM122 and EM710 multibeam echosounders and an ApplanixPOS MV-320 v5 Ocean Master positioning / attitude system
  • The Multibeam Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to assist with Quality Assurance Testing (QAT) of the ship’s multibeam echosoundersahead of the 2020 field season; due to widespread travel restrictions, MAC personnel provided remote support for line planning and data analysis from shore

2020 Healy EM122 QAT Report

Multibeam System:

EM122

CruiseID:

HLY20TC

  • The USCGC Healy (HLY) is equipped with a Kongsberg Maritime EM122 multibeam echosounder (1° TX x 2° RX) with Seapath 330+ (primary) and Applanix POS MV (secondary) positioning / attitude systems
  • The Multibeam Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to assist with Quality Assurance Testing (QAT) of the ship’s multibeam echosounders ahead of the 2020 field season; due to widespread travel restrictions, MAC personnel provided remote support for line planning and data analysis from shore

2020 Sikuliaq EM302/EM710 Calibration Report

Multibeam System:

EM302

EM710

CruiseID:

SKQ2020S

SKQ202008S Planning Overview

  • The University of Alaska’s UNOLS vessel R/V Sikuliaq(SKQ) is equipped with Kongsberg Maritime EM302 and EM710 multibeam echosounders and a Seapath320 positioning / attitude system
  • The Multibeam Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to assist with Quality Assurance Testing (QAT) of the ship’s EM302 and EM710 ahead of the 2020 field season; due to widespread travel restrictions, MAC personnel provided remote support for line planning and data analysis from shore

2019 Armstrong EM122 and EM710 Calibration

Multibeam System:

EM122

EM710

CruiseID:

AR42

Executive Summary

  1. Calibrations (‘patch tests’) were planned for the EM122 and EM710 multibeam echosounders on R/V Neil Armstrong during AR42-02 following the winter 2019-20 maintenance period. Calibration sites were developed opportunistically along a transit route in the vicinity of the western Florida escarpment.
  2. The EM710 was most recently calibrated during AR41 in November 2019; due to elevated sea state, the scope of AR41 was narrowed and the EM122 calibration planned for that cruise was removed from the schedule.

Atlantis Seapath Test 2019

Multibeam System:

EM122

CruiseID:

AT42-10

Executive Summary:

  1. R/V Atlantis EM122 multibeam data includes intermittent depth artifacts across the swath that do not appear to be correlated with roll, pitch, sound speed, latency, or other sensor integration errors. These were first brought to the attention of the Multibeam Advisory Committee (MAC) in late 2016, beginning a process of investigation to better define the problem and rule out a variety of potential causes.

 

2019 Okeanos Explorer EM302 Shakedown

Multibeam System:

EM302

CruiseID:

EX1902

Summary
The primary shakedown activities included:

  • 2019-05-12: depart Pascagoula, MS
  • EM302 and POS MV geometry / config. review
  • EM302 dockside BISTs (incl. TX channels)
  • Geometric calibration (‘patch test’)
  • Backscatter calibration (for Kongsberg processing)
  • Roll verification
  • Swath extinction data collection during transits
  • EM302 RX noise vs. speed testing
  • Acoustic interference testing across all systems
  • K-Sync SAT and testing with Kongsberg support

2019 R/V Armstrong EM710 Calibration

Multibeam System:

EM710

CruiseID:

AR41

Executive Summary

  1. Calibrations (‘patch tests’) were planned for the EM710 and EM122 multibeam echosounders on R/V Neil Armstrong in the vicinity of the continental shelf break south of WHOI for opportunistic testing in 2019. These tests were scheduled for AR41 in November; due to elevated sea state, AR41 was shortened and the EM122 calibration was removed from the schedule. After review of the system geometry and POS MV GAMS antenna calibration, the EM710 patch test was performed amid other science goals in the condensed schedule.

 

2019 Sikuliaq Calibration Report

Multibeam System:

EM302

EM710

CruiseID:

SKQ201907T

The University of Alaska’s UNOLS vessel R/V Sikuliaq(SKQ) is equipped with Kongsberg Maritime EM302 and EM710 multibeam echosounders and a Seapath320 positioning / attitude system

  1. The Multibeam Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to assist with Quality Assurance Testing (QAT) of the ship’s EM302 and EM710 ahead of the 2019 field season; due to scheduling constraints, MAC personnel (Kevin Jerram and TomerKetter) provided remote support for line planning and data analysis from shore

 

2018 E/V Nautilus Quality Assessment Report

Multibeam System:

EM302

CruiseID:

NA093

Executive Summary

2019 E/V Nautilus Quality Assessment Report

Multibeam System:

EM302

CruiseID:

NA105

Executive Summary

Kilo Moana 2015 EM122 MBES Review

Multibeam System:

EM122

CruiseID:

KM1514

Introduction

Reference Surfaces

Reference Surfaces produced by the MAC can be downloaded from the Marine Geoscience Data System. If you have a Reference Surface to contribute please contact us at mac-help@unols.org.

E/V Nautilus Spring 2014 Quality Assessment Report

Multibeam System:

EM302

CruiseID:

NA040

Summary and Recommendations

  • As it stands now, the EM302 and associated sensors are working well as compared to other EM302s evaluated recently. The patch test revealed very slight residual angular offsets, indicating a successful reinstallation of the MRU and no apparent change to any other component of the system.

 

E/V Nautilus Spring 2015 Quality Assessment Report

Multibeam System:

EM302

CruiseID:

NA055

Summary and Recommendations

  • Heading into the 2015 operating season, the EM302 and associated sensors aboard E/V Nautilus are working well compared to previous evaluations and to other EM302 systems examined recently. The patch test showed no pitch or yaw bias and only a very slight residual angular offset for roll, indicating no major changes to the system geometry.

 

Reference Surfaces

The following cruises include Reference Surface Surveys:
http://www.rvdata.us/catalog/KM0201 (Atlantic)
http://www.rvdata.us/catalog/KM1001 (Pacific)
http://www.rvdata.us/catalog/AT18-06 (Pacific)
http://www.rvdata.us/catalog/RR1301 (Pacific)

Falkor Fall 2014 Quality Assessment Report

The EM302 and EM710 multibeams were successfully calibrated and verified for use with both the loaner Seapath MRU and the new POS MV. Angular offsets were small except for the roll bias for both the EM710 and EM302. As both multibeam systems have the same large roll bias, it is likely the result of a shift in the mounting angle of the MRU. Both SIS acquisition systems have been updated with the new calibration results.

Falkor Spring 2014 Quality Assessment Report

The transducer impedances are similar to baseline measurements in 2012 and with those taken in 2013. Transducer conditions, based on these tests, are acceptable and there is no sign of degradation of the transducer arrays.

Noise levels for the EM710 remain unchanged and very low. Noise levels for the EM302 have increased at higher speeds though they remain low when the ship is stationary in the water, suggesting that the increase is associated with flow noise and/or the propulsion system.

Introduction to Patch Tests

Basic overview of how and why to conduct a patch test.

2014 QAT Review of R2R MBQA Tests

Overview

The Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program has developed programmatic quality assessment (QA) routines intended to identify suspicious data that may indicate sensor and/or operational problems. In order to assess the results of these QA tests and seek fleet-wide patterns in system performance and operation, this page provides an initial summary the results of R2R Multibeam QA tests for all sonar systems.

Tool: Sound Velocity Profile (SVP) Editor [v.1.0.5] [Deprecated]

This tool is no longer supported by the MAC, please use the SSP Library & Manager

For new installations:
1) Visit ftp.ccom.unh.edu, login as ‘anonymous’ and use your email as the password.
2) Navigate to “fromccom/MAC_DATA/” and download Tools.zip, PythonInstall.zip, and Data.zip
3) “Unzip” each of the downloaded files.
4.) Follow the installation directions found in the “SVP Editor Manual v1.0.5.pdf” file located in the “Tools/SVP Editor” directory.

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