SonarWiz 5

See Your Sonar Data Like Never Before
You work hard to get the data – make sure you see all that it has to show. SonarWiz sidescan and sub-bottom sonar mapping software helps with sonar mission planning, data acquisition and post processing to ensure you use your time on the water effectively and capture all of the data you need before heading back to port.

This complete, easy to use solution increases surveyor productivity, simplifies the planning process, and enables you to produce high quality results.

Description and Benefits
SonarWiz is an all-in-one suite of programs for the real-time acquisition of sonar data, designed to meet all of your sonar mapping needs, save you time, and minimize your training costs.

Whatever your role – commercial sonar, oil & gas, navy and coast guard, education, construction, salvage, or research – SonarWiz helps you streamline the survey process and simplify the number of software programs you need to learn. It operates with all major sidescan and sub-bottom sonar manufacturers, so you won’t need to re-familiarize yourself with different applications each time you need to use different sonar equipment.

Key Benefits:
Only have to learn one powerful, easy to use software to complete any sonar survey
Advanced interactive planning tools lead to efficient and cost effective survey time on the water
Reduce costs by using real-time data acquisition to confirm quality and coverage before leaving operation area
Customize computer desktop to meet job requirements, save and recall setup for easy setup of subsequent missions
Intuitive interface follows survey workflow methodology making it easy to start using the system immediately
Results are easily shared with anyone using Internet Explorer
Unsurpassed on-site training and customer support to ensure you get the most from your investment
Recent Enhancements to SonarWiz
SonarWiz adds new features that make it extremely easy for surveyors to use. Based on feedback from our customers, we’ve added new capabilities that ensure you’ll spend your time completing the survey task at hand, not struggling to figure out how to use your data mapping software: a High Resolution sidescan feature, Seabed Classification and Layout Manager.

High-Resolution Sidescan Feature

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Sample high-resolution sidescan mosaic image generated by SonarWiz 5.04. (click to enlarge)

The new High Resolution capability for SonarWiz doubles the resolution of the earlier version, for sidescan waterfall, mosaic, and digitizer views of the data. Surveyors in all types of industries can use High Resolution mode to resolve smaller features and see finer detail to improve productivity, security, and safety.


Seabed Classification Capability

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Sample color coded output generated by SonarWiz seabed classification. (click to enlarge)

Classify seabed sediment, such as gravel and sand, for use in a wide range of sonar mapping missions including habitat studies, dredging projects, military assessment of risk and trafficability, pipe and cable laying projects, and at-sea platform construction. Seabed classification generates a color-coded map (see sample at right) where each color represents a class of seafloor material or aggregate. The classification map also can be combined with ground-truthing to extrapolate the survey results over a wide area, reducing the amount of bottom sampling required.

Layout Manager – Customizing your GUI

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Example of Layout Manager showing sidescan, sub-bottom and magnetometer readings, and planned route. (click to enlarge)

One major advantage of SonarWiz is the new layout manager. It’s designed so you can customize the desktop to more closely match your own survey workflow.

Position windows, status displays and indicators right where you want them, then save your preferred configuration to recall and use again on subsequent missions.

You also can easily switch between different data displays for different types of surveys. You’ll save time setting up each survey map and minimize the disruptions that can occur when switching between different surveys or different operations.

Change Detection – Swipe Feature

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See what’s changed since your last survey using Swipe, Line Shift, or Transparency techniques. (click to enlarge)

Change detection is an essential capability that often can be very time consuming. SonarWiz offers several options for simplifying the process of comparing a new data set to a baseline data set to help sonar analysts quickly identify bottom changes. In the example at the right, the blue box highlights a sonar contact in the current data that was not present in the original data. This is essential for Port Security, Navy Route surveys, habitat monitoring, and engineering applications.

Product Capabilities: From mission planning to data acquisition and post processing, you won’t find a more complete system

SonarWiz includes numerous features that make it extremely easy for surveyors to plan their surveying mission, collect all of the data they need, and see everything that the data has to show. Designed to follow standard survey workflow methodology, it’s easy to start using the software immediately.

Survey and Mission Planning
Interactive planning tools lead to efficient and cost effective survey time on the water, including:

Use the automated survey line generator to create survey grid patterns
Estimate how much time various survey line patterns will take so you can select the best option
Export your preplanned survey to your GIS or CAD system
Data Acquisition
Ensure you capture everything you need, verify the data quality and coverage before leaving operation area. Here are just some of the Data Acquisition capabilities available in SonarWiz.

Decide which parameters to display and monitor with the user-configurable System Info Display window
Use the Real-time Mosaic Mode to control and manage the real-time mosaic generation process.
View targets in real-time by displaying the most recently captured contacts in a filmstrip-style window
Left-right survey line steering indicator makes the helmsman’s job easy
Display dual frequency sidescan sonar channels and sub-bottom simultaneously
Simultaneously acquire data from sonar, navigation sensor, depth sensor, payout meter and magnetometer
Locate and classify contacts on the mosaic during or after data acquisition
Easily combine different data formats to create sophisticated reports. Post processing capabilities include:

Supports over 20 sidescan data formats, 10 sub-bottom data formats and unlimited magnetometer data formats so you can post-process data collected from most third-party sonar data acquisition systems.
Generates crisp, dynamic mosaics quickly using the new 32-bit display
Generate sonar contact reports direct to standard file types with complete control over content and formatting.
Export in many raster and vector data types including sonar mosaics, digitized features, depth contours, magnetometer contours, survey and others to Google Earth KML/KMZ format.
Use the advanced navigation editor ZEdit to edit CSF or XTF files directly