Kongsberg Mesotech pioneered the use of scanning sonar for underwater marine engineering applications. The Company is a world leader in the development of products used for visualization of underwater structures (bridges, docks, piers, dams etc.) and using sonar to support a multitude of underwater construction applications. Underwater inspection of man-made structures is vital as they age. In addition, water currents, corrosion, and damage from storms and vessels may impact structure integrity.
High current, deep water, and lack of visibility and debris accumulation around the structure often challenge diving inspections. In addition to limiting the diver from completing a thorough inspection, debris buildup around bridge piers is potentially one of the most dangerous conditions the inspection diver faces. It introduces the possibility of entanglement, and even worse, diver entrapment if the debris moves.
High-resolution sonar provides superior quality data, and the compact size and portability of the sonar enables quick, frequent monitoring and lower costs. The Kongsberg Mesotech scanning sonar and MS 1000 processing software system is ideal for underwater engineering, search and surveying applications.
Scanning Sonar & Processing Software System
The high-resolution scanning sonar head operates on the full MS 1000 version processing software. Unlike conventional processors, the MS 1000 software has many advanced features for data interpretation. These features are beneficial to various engineering and construction applications, including the ability to measure length and area, geo-reference and track targets.
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Imaging Sonar Applications
Imaging sonar uses a fan-shaped acoustic beam to scan a specified area or target inspection of man-made structures (bridges, docks, piers and dams)
- Site and seabed search and survey
- Underwater construction support
- Positioning stabilization mattresses and gabions
- Pipeline and cable surveys
- Scour and sediment aggregation monitoring
- Diving support
- Archaeological surveying