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Geological Surveys for Dredging Activities

One of the main applications of Innomar's shallow water SBP models ("Innomar SES-2000 compact", "Innomar SES-2000 light", "Innomar SES-2000 standard") are surveys for dredging projects.

During various dredging projects the Innomar SES-2000 sub-bottom profilers proved itself as being a valuable tool in predicting:

  • the presence of hidden rock outcrops that can severely damage dredgers,
  • the dredging depth in soft sediments,
  • the extension / volumes of a sand reserve on top of a lateritic clay layer,
  • the exact location of objects such as pipelines and ship wrecks.


Determining the dredging level during dredging activities

Echoprint examples of the same survey line using linear and parametric acoustics
Echoprints from the same survey line obtained using a conventional linear dual-frequency echosounder (top; 15kHz; red dots show automatic bottom track) and using a Innomar SES-2000 standard parametric SBP (bottom; 12kHz; color lines show automatic bottom track on 100kHz (red), 12kHz (purple) and after removing spikes (blue)). Please note the unriable bottom track in the top echoprint and the much better signal quality and defined bottom track in the lower Echoprint from the Innomar SBP.

Innomar SES-2000 SBP echoprint data example obtained during dredging activities
Innomar SES-2000 parametric SBP echoprint data example obtained during dredging activities to detect the dredged level (top: HF data, frequency 100kHz, bottom track shown as red line; bottom: LF data, frequency 12kHz; LF bottom track shown as black line; HF bottom track shown for reference as red line as well).



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