Latest Version Makes Powerful New Seafloor Mapping Tools Available to Analysts and Surveyors.

In its most significant product announcement in the past five years, Chesapeake Technology has launched a new version of its SonarWiz that delivers a new level of data acquisition, processing, and 3D visualization capabilities to the marine technology industry.

Live, on-vessel demonstrations of the software are available through EdgeTech and Klein in conjunction with the Ocean Business 2015 show in London Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16th. Conference attendees can also visit booth S5 to view the software in person.

“We wanted to make sure we continued to provide the industry’s premier ‘all-in-one’ solution for seafloor mapping,” said John Gann, VP, Software Development for Chesapeake. “Now surveyors have better acquisition, processing, and visualization tools. Analysts can more easily visualize their bathymetry, sidescan, and sub-bottom data together in 3D. And interferometric sonar users can get more from their systems.”

The latest version of SonarWiz features backscatter post-processing for bathymetric data including beam averaged and time-series (snippets) amplitude records. The software allows users to create crisp amplitude mosaics through automatic, whole-survey gain optimization.

“We wanted to allow users to create great-looking backscatter mosaics without reviewing each survey line individually,” said Gann. “Now the processing and normalization is an automatic process that requires little to no user involvement. It’s a huge time-saver.”

The new SonarWiz allows users to rescue or fine-tune data with automatic and semiautomatic grid creation and editing tools. And the software includes flexible gridding options that may be used concurrently to ensure survey coverage and quality.

“With the addition of dual channel independent sidescan bottom tracking and the expansion of the Vessel Editor, users can process all data types with more precision and sidescan data from a broader range of platforms, including the larger ROVs and AUVs with port and starboard channels distant from each other,“ said Gann. “We’re pleased to be able to provide the most advanced bathymetric data processing, rendering, and reporting in the industry.”

The latest version of SonarWiz features new icons, a bright color scheme, and a streamlined interface. It also provides faster processing speeds. 

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