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SURV552 Advanced Hydrographic Surveying

Fundamentals of acoustics, multibeam sonar systems, motion compensation, side scan sonar methods, LiDAR bathymetry, acoustic positioning, reporting, charting and error analysis, and electronic navigation charts (ENCs).

This paper follows on from the introductory theory of hydrography covered in SURV 322 Hydrographic Surveying. It covers the underlying theoretical framework for acoustics, modern sidescan sonar and multibeam sonars (both beam-forming and sidescan/interferometric systems) in more depth. Methods of vessel motion sensing (heading, pitch and roll) are also covered. This, along with the associated uncertainty theory, leads to modern methods of data processing, analysis and presentation, including the combined uncertainty and bathymetry estimating (CUBE) algorithm and the development of the navigation surface. Calibration of equipment, data connections and reporting is also covered.

Paper title Advanced Hydrographic Surveying
Paper code SURV552
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,307.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,151.03

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Prerequisite
(SURV 301 or SURV 311) and (SURV 302 or SURV 312) and SURV 322
Restriction
SURV 452, SURV 422
Contact
emily.tidey@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Emily Tidey
Practical and Lab Support: Emily Tidey and Ray McLennan
Paper Structure
This paper covers the following:
  • Data management and interfacing
  • Acoustics and signals
  • Hydrographic equipment and operations: sidescan sonars, multibeam echo sounders, LiDAR, remote sensing, mobilisation and calibrations, geophysics and offshore industrial operations
  • Electronic charting and maritime issues
  • Hydrographic certification and organisations
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: Three 1-hour lecturers per week

Labs: Eight during semester

Practicals: Four during semester

Blackboard Use: Information and links will be provided on Blackboard as required.

Terms: Hydrographic surveying skills are acquired through practice, which complements the theory gained in lectures and readings. Therefore, students must have attended all of the practical sessions and have submitted all of the assignments.

Internal Assessment: 50%, made of theoretical assignments, practicals and practical reports and a mid-semester test

Exam: 50%, 3 hours
Textbooks
Highly Recommended:
  • IHO Manual of Hydrography
  • IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys s44
  • LINZ HYSPEC
All available to download online

Other texts are available in the Science and School of Surveying Libraries and online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The goals of this paper are
  • To deepen the understanding of acoustics and sonar theory
  • To understand the theory and use of multibeam echosounders and sidescan sonars
  • To understand the concepts of uncertainty modelling and management and its use in modern bathymetric modelling
  • To understand the concept of seafloor characterisation from sonar backscatter information
  • To understand the basic concepts of non-acoustical bathymetric measurement
  • To understand data connectivity, processing and reporting in hydrographic environments
  • To further develop theoretical knowledge and practical hydrographic surveying skills in a range of situations
  • To process and analyse multibeam and sidescan data using suitable software and create appropriate products
  • To briefly cover applicable marine law

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
Q1 Friday 10:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Fundamentals of acoustics, multibeam sonar systems, motion compensation, side scan sonar methods, LiDAR bathymetry, acoustic positioning, reporting, charting and error analysis, and electronic navigation charts (ENCs).

This paper follows on from the introductory theory of hydrography covered in SURV 322 Hydrographic Surveying. It covers the underlying theoretical framework for acoustics, modern sidescan sonar and multibeam sonars (both beam-forming and sidescan/interferometric systems) in more depth. Methods of vessel motion sensing (heading, pitch and roll) are also covered. This, along with the associated uncertainty theory, leads to modern methods of data processing, analysis and presentation, including the combined uncertainty and bathymetry estimating (CUBE) algorithm and the development of the navigation surface. Calibration of equipment, data connections and reporting is also covered.

Paper title Advanced Hydrographic Surveying
Paper code SURV552
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
(SURV 301 or SURV 311) and (SURV 302 or SURV 312) and SURV 322
Restriction
SURV 452, SURV 422
Contact
emily.tidey@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Emily Tidey
Practical and Lab Support: Emily Tidey and Ray McLennan
Paper Structure
This paper covers the following:
  • Data management and interfacing
  • Acoustics and signals
  • Hydrographic equipment and operations: sidescan sonars, multibeam echo sounders, LiDAR, remote sensing, mobilisation and calibrations, geophysics and offshore industrial operations
  • Electronic charting and maritime issues
  • Hydrographic certification and organisations
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: Three 1-hour lecturers per week
Labs: Eight during semester
Practicals: Four during semester

Blackboard Use: Information and links will be provided on Blackboard as required.

Terms: Hydrographic surveying skills are acquired through practice, which complements the theory gained in lectures and readings. Therefore, students must have attended all of the practical sessions and have submitted all of the assignments.

Internal Assessment: 50%, made of theoretical assignments, practicals and practical reports and a mid-semester test

Exam: 50%, 3 hours
Textbooks
Highly Recommended:
  • IHO Manual of Hydrography
  • IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys s44
  • LINZ HYSPEC
All available to download online

Other texts are available in the Science and School of Surveying Libraries and online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The goals of this paper are
  • To deepen the understanding of acoustics and sonar theory
  • To understand the theory and use of multibeam echosounders and sidescan sonars
  • To understand the concepts of uncertainty modelling and management and its use in modern bathymetric modelling
  • To understand the concept of seafloor characterisation from sonar backscatter information
  • To understand the basic concepts of non-acoustical bathymetric measurement
  • To understand data connectivity, processing and reporting in hydrographic environments
  • To further develop theoretical knowledge and practical hydrographic surveying skills in a range of situations
  • To process and analyse multibeam and sidescan data using suitable software and create appropriate products
  • To briefly cover applicable marine law

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard