GeoChirp 3D provides three dimensional acoustical images of shallow sub-seabed structures and buried objects. It transfers the well-established principles of conventional 3D reflection seismics, used in hydrocarbon exploration, to high resolution chirp sub-bottom profiler technology.
The surface towed GeoChirp 3D incorporating a chirp sub-bottom profiler, 60 channel receive array together with GPS and MRU positioning solutions.
It has been used in a wide variety of applications, including marine archaeology, imaging buried wrecks of historical importance in the UK; marine geology, researching landslide mechanisms in Norwegian Fjords and locating buried objects in UXO (un-exploded ordnance) surveys. The First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), in Qingdao is its first commercial customer. China's internationally reputed research institution is looking forward to applying the state of the art technology in its line of research. The system has been originally developed at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK with support from Kongsberg GeoAcoustics, who now have made this unique technology available in the commercial market.
Kongsberg GeoAcoustics Ltd. (Great Yarmouth, UK) has been manufacturing marine survey equipment for more than 25 years, and is a world-leading manufacturer of sonar survey equipment for engineering geophysics and naval survey applications. GeoSwath Plus Compact is a highly portable shallow water multibeam system offering high resolution bathymetry and co-registered geo-referenced side scan data.