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Sea Acceptance Team: Participates in Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) for new systems and system upgrades, and offers a uniform approach to SAT procedures as well as tools (beyond what manufacturer provides) to troubleshoot problems in real or near real-time.

  • 2021 Okeanos Explorer MKII SAT

    Cruise ID: EX2101 Multibeam System: EM304 Dates: April 16 – May 10, 2021 The Okeanos Explorer replaced its original Kongsberg EM302 TX array (2007) with a new EM304 MKII array during the 2020-21 winter maintenance period. The TX array modules are serial numbers 1-14, signifying early adoption of this MKII following the extended service life […]

  • 2021 Sally Ride EM124-SAT EM712-QAT

    Cruise ID: SR2104 Multibeam System: EM124/EM712 Dates: June 27 – July 7, 2021 The R/V Sally Ride (SR) received an upgrade of its EM122 topside electronics (installed 2016) to new EM124 hardware and installation of a new SBP29 subbottom profiling system during the 2020-21 maintenance period. Attached Documents Report: Appendix: Related Information Cruise Data at […]

  • 2021 Atlantis EM124 Sea Acceptance Tests

    Cruise ID: AT43-02 Multibeam System: EM124/Seapath 380 Dates: July 18-21, 2021 The R/V Atlantis replaced its EM122 multibeam echosounder with an EM124 upgrade during the 2020-21 midlife refit period; a Seapath 380 position/attitude system was installed to replace the PHINS as the primary feed to the multibeam mapping system. Attached Documents Report: Appendix: Related Information […]

  • 2020 Okeanos Explorer EM304 SAT

    Cruise ID: EX2000 Multibeam System: EM304 Dates: March 3-8, 2020 The Okeanos Explorer received a Kongsberg EM304 multibeam echosounder topside upgrade over the 2019-20 winter maintenance period. No changes were made to the TX or RX arrays (installed in 2007 and 2018, respectively) or the Applanix POS MV positioning and attitude system. Attached Documents Report: […]

  • 2018 Thomas G. Thompson EM302 SAT Report

    Cruise ID: TN347 Multibeam System: EM302 Dates: January 8-12, 2018 Conducted January 8-12, 2018 to test the new Kongsberg EM302 (upgraded from EM300) and Applanix POS MV V5. Attached Documents Report: Related Information Cruise Data at R2R

  • 2016 Neil Armstrong Sea Acceptance Trails

    Cruise ID: AR03-01 Multibeam System: EM122/EM710 Dates: February 10-17, 2016  The R/V Neil Armstrong is a new vessel operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI)equipped with Kongsberg Maritime (KM) EM122 (12 kHz) and EM710 (70-100 kHz) multibeamechosounders. The hardware installation, calibration, software configuration, and performance of thesesystems were evaluated during a sea acceptance trial involving WHOI, KM, […]

  • 2016 NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson SAT

    Vessel: Thomas JeffersonMultibeam System: EM2040/EM710Dates: October 14-20, 2016 A Kongsberg EM2040 multibeam and an EM710 MKII multibeam were installed aboard NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson during an extended shipyard period at the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay in Baltimore, MD during the spring and summer of 2016. After a short stay at the Atlantic Marine […]

  • 2017 NOAA Ship Fairweather Launch SAT

    Vessel: R/V Fairweather Multibeam System: EM2040 Dates: May 22- May 26, 2017 We installed four Kongsberg EM2040 multibeam echo sounders, one on each of Fairweather’s hydrographic survey launches during the spring of 2017 in Newport, OR. We accomplished the test and qualification of these systems on Puget Sound from May 22 through May 26. Conditions […]

  • 2012 Kilo Moana Sea Acceptance Report

    Cruise ID: KM1212 Multibeam System: EM122/EM710 Dates: June 21-24, 2012 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 […]

  • 2014 Nathaniel B. Palmer Sea Acceptance Report

    Cruise ID: NBP1405 Multibeam System: EM122 Dates: June 14-19, 2014 TThe 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 […]

  • 2012 Hugh R. Sharp Sea Acceptance Report

    Vessel: R/V Hugh R. Sharp Multibeam System: Reson 7125 Dates: October 24-26, 2012 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 […]

  • 2015 Nancy Foster Sonar Acceptance Report

    Vessel: R/V Nancy Foster Multibeam System: EM710 Dates: March 9-13, 2015 A Kongsberg EM710 MKII multibeam was installed aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster at GMD Shipyard in Brooklyn, NY in March of 2015. This system replaced the antiquated EM1002 and is the third EM710 installed on a NOAA ship. The MKII EM710 has an extended […]

  • 2018 Okeanos Explorer EM302 SAT

    Cruise ID: EX1810 Multibeam System: EM302 Dates: October, 2018 The primary RX array SAT activities included: 2018-10-02: depart Quonset, RI EM302 TX and RX array survey review EM302 and POS MV geometry / config. review EM302 start-up (by Kongsberg) and BISTs Geometric calibration and verification (‘patch test’) Deep roll verification Deep accuracy testing Swath extinction […]

  • 2019 Vessel Geometry and MBES Offset Recommendations

    Vessel survey reports (VSRs) play a critical role throughout service life (10+ years) of a multibeam echosounder system (MBES) and provide the foundation for future vessel and sensor surveys. This document provides recommendations for VSRs that minimize opportunity for errors in the configuration of MBES and ancillary sensors.

  • 2016 Bat Galim 2016 System Review

    Vessel: R/V Bat Galim Multibeam System: EM302/EM2040 Dates: January 31 – February 4, 2016  From January 31st to February 4th, 2016 a Shipboard Acceptance Testing (SAT) was conducted on the R/V Bat Galim, owned by the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resource of Israel and operated by Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, on the newly installed […]

  • 2015 Nathaniel B. Palmer Sea Acceptance Report

    Cruise ID: NBP1505 Multibeam System: EM122 Dates: June 10-15 2015 The research vessel icebreaker (RVIB) Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP) undertook cruise NBP1505 in the vicinity of the continental shelf break between Talcahuano and Puerto Montt, Chile, from June 10-15, 2015 (Fig. 1) in order to assess performance of the vessel’s 12-kHz multibeam echosounder (MBES). The […]

  • 2015 NOAA Ship Fairweather SAT

    Vessel: R/V Fairweather Multibeam System: EM710 Dates: December 2014 A Kongsberg EM710 multibeam echosounder was installed on the NOAA Ship Fairweather by Bay Ship and Yacht Co. of Alameda, CA in December, 2014. This mapping sonar replaced a Reson 8160 and a Reson 7111. The performance of the EM710 was evaluated during sea‐trials from 9 […]

  • 2017 NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada Hypack/ME70 Integration

    Vessel: R/V Bell Shimada System: Hypack/ ME70 Dates: March, 2017 This report documents the current configuration of the Hypack/ ME70 system for use in seafloor mapping. This includes the installation and configuration of the ME70 and ancillary systems; validate the current Hypack implementation of the ME70 bottom detection code; and operational guidance to the operators […]

  • 2010 Thomas G. Thompson Sea Acceptance Report

    Cruise ID: TN225 Multibeam System: EM302 Dates: October 15-20, 2010 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 […]

  • 2014 Sikuliaq Sea Acceptance Report

    Cruise ID: SKQ201400L3Multibeam System: EM302/EM710Dates: August 9-18, 2014 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 […]

  • 2020 Roger Revelle SAT EM712 and EM124

    Cruise ID: RR2002 Multibeam System: EM712/EM124 Dates: October 18-25, 2020 The R/V Roger Revelle (RR) underwent a major mid-life refit / repower during 2018-2020, receiving newengines and a new gondola to reduce bubble sweep along the acoustic transducers. The Revelle’s multibeam mapping systems were fully upgraded to Kongsberg Maritime EM124 and EM712multibeam echosounders with a […]

  • 2018 NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson Launch 2903 and 2904 EM2040 SAT

    Vessel: Thomas Jefferson Multibeam System: EM2040 Dates: May/July 2018 We installed two Kongsberg EM2040 multibeam echo sounders, one on each of Thomas Jefferson’s two hydrographic survey launches from May 19th through May 20th in Pascagoula, MS. We accomplished the test and qualification of the 2903 system from May 22nd through May 23rd and the 2904 […]

  • 2017 NOAA Ship Rainier Launch SAT

    Vessel: RainierMultibeam System: EM2040 Dates: September 12-21, 2017 We installed four Kongsberg EM2040 multibeam echo sounders on each of Rainier’s four hydrographic survey launches from September 12th through September 13th in Everett, WA. We accomplished the test and qualification of these systems on Puget Sound from September 14th through September 21st. Conditions were generally agreeable […]