QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS

Q2 2020



View 7.6.x User Guide
New Tools & Features
  • Forward Looking Sonar processing – Read more
  • Multibeam Performance Test – Read more
  • A-B Change Detection difference plot – Read more
  • 3D View uses LOD to handle more points – Read more
  • 2D View faster drawing for bathymetry points – Read more
    Read about all features in Chesapeake Times Vol 1

    Q1 2020


    View 7.5.10 User Guide
    New Tools & Features
    • Process Klein MA-X 600 View data, new nadir gap filler sonar
    • Support for EdgeTech 4205 Tri-Frequency sonar
    • Added LOD support for point cloud rendering,  +100 million data points for better visualization
    • Improved processing of sub bottom display, optimize SV through sediment for better reports
    • Process data from WASSP WMBF, SSAM SAS sonar
    • Helm Display improved & easier to use
    • Over 100 improvements
    More Interfaces & Formats Supported
    • Updated support for TIL files with added uncertainty import option
    • Updated EdgeTech 4200 Server to Support New 4205 Tri-frequency System
    • Added SDF import support for MA-X page 3515
    • Added import support for HDF5 files
    • Added R2Sonic support to MBServer
    • Added support for custom sidescan sonars with embedded IXSEA Nano heading sensor

    Q4 2019


    View 7.5.4 User Guide
    New Tools & Features
    • New internal 3D viewer with support for massive point clouds
    • New Helm Display
    • Date and Time formats throughout program changed to ISO8601 format
    • Improved UI of Tide and SVP editors
    New Bathymetry Features
    • Import and Display Multi-Frequency SBES in Swath Editor with new features
    • Ability to export bathymetry profiles as a XYZ file from profile tool
    • Ability to export an image of bathymetry profile in the 3D Viewer
    • Ability to select a set of bathy points to export
    • Ability to Export SBP images with MBES seabed profile overlaid
    More Interfaces & Formats Supported
    • Updated support for TIL files with added uncertainty import option
    • Updated EdgeTech 4200 Server to Support New 4205 Tri-frequency System
    • Added SDF import support for MA-X page 3515
    • Added import support for HDF5 files
    • Added R2Sonic support to MBServer
    • Added support for custom sidescan sonars with embedded IXSEA Nano heading sensor

    Q3 2019


    View 7.4.x User Guide
    New Sub-Bottom Profiler Features
    • Function to select all SSS HF/LF or SBP data in batch bottom track window
    • Display the file name in the top bar of the maximized SBP digitizing window
    • Support Aggregating SBP Data
    New Bathymetry Features
    • Ability to zoom time window in Navigation and Attitude Editor
    • Added ability to export an image of bathymetry profile in the C++ Viewer
    • Added ability to C++ 3D Viewer to load XYZ and XYZA files.
    • Improved color rendering of the cross-section in the C++ cross-section tool
    • Dynamic LOD/downsampling for point clouds in 3D Viewer
    • Add more 2D projection types in Grid Editor
    • Automatically load the subset points into 2D and 3D view of Grid Editor
    New File Formats Supported
    • Added support for Kraken TIL File Import
    • Added support for QPS db format sidescan files
    • Added support for Kongsberg .kmall format
    • Added support for ED50 TM0
    • Added support for Applanix True Heave

    Q2 2019


    View 7.4.x User Guide
    New Sidescan Features
    • Add directory monitor for automatic import and processing
    • Add automatic processing dialog for SSS files
    • CSF 3.0 Introduces compression into CSF format
    • Save Individual GeoTiffs For Each File, export top left corner on the integer map coordinates
    • Automatic bottom-tracker – “Edge Detection”
    • SSS Roll and Pitch in Properties and Make Others Like This
    • Automated feature picking in sidescan waterfalls – “Artifact Detector” (beta)
    • Last offset applied in BT window auto-populates Batch Bottom Track window
    • Use grids in map correction tool
    • SS gain changes show in open digitizer windows
    • Batch Contact Import Template System Simplified
    • Add Area, Block and Mag Anomaly Fields to Contact Export
    • Batch Contact Import from XY File – Select Individual CSF Files to Import Contacts onto
    • Add KP values to Info at Cursor
    • Add “Total Water Depth” (depth to seabed) as an option for annotation
    • Add Speed over ground to SSS/SBP Offset Reports
    • Adjust displayed range setting not available in Properties window
    • Use windows locale for date format on all export options

      Q1 2019


      SW7 allows inverted bathymetry gridding!

      Download 7.3.5 Document
      • New method for computing target heights in SW implemented
      • Moving contacts causes disproportionate shift in contact height
      • Time Zone differences between two projects (HF/LF) results in time offset
      • Save mosaic as tiles – Exclude tiles with no sonar data
      • Humminbird data is importing with channels swapped and user can not import ch2+1
      • AutoTVG gain increasing down line when importing Kongsberg ALL files as SSS
      • .COD files – Info at Cursor does not match annotations in digitizer view
      • .COD file is removing 50+ ping sections in the Digitizing View
      • Edgetech 6206 XTFs are importing some LF when importing HF (and vice versa)

      Q4 2018


      SW7 allows inverted bathymetry gridding!

      Download 7.3.1 Document
      • Added support for IHO S-63 V 1.1+ charts
      • Added support for Innomar SES3 format
      • Convert any supported bathymetry file to GSF or HSX format
      • New patch test tool for bathymetry and LiDAR sensors
      • Enhancements to 3D Viewer
      • Dongle-Free License option for acquisition
      • New applied offsets and corrections report for sidescan files
      • New locate missing files and repair broken links tools to repair projects
      • Improved contact database importing and backup
      • Modify course smoothing settings after file import

      Q3 2018


      SW7 allows inverted bathymetry gridding!

      Download 7.2 Document

      – INTERACTIVE 3D REPORTING FOR MBES CONTACTS
      – SHADED RELIEF CONTROLS, WATERFALLS, CONTACTS
      – ACOUSTIC COLOR IMAGE TOOL FOR MF BACKSCATTER
      – 3D VIEWER IMPROVED ZOOM AND ROTATE
      – NEW LIDAR IMPORT FILTERS 
      – NEW COLOR LEGEND FOR PLAN VIEW
      – HELM DISPLAY ENHANCED 
      – MORE SOFT LICENSE OPTIONS COMING SOON
      – DOWNLOAD TODAY WITH CURRENT EMA

      Q2 2018


      SW7 allows inverted bathymetry gridding!
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      – DONGLE-FREE SOFT LICENSE OPTIONS
      – UNIFIED WATERFALL
      – FASTER BATHY IMPORT AND MERGE
      – MULTI EGN SPEEDS UP SIGNAL PROCESSING
      – ENHANCED COLOR PALETTE SUPPORT
      – AUTOMATED VESSEL CREATION
      – USER SPECIFIED TIDE AND SOUND VELOCITY
      – ENHANCED LIDAR & SAS PROCESSING

      Q1 2018


      SW7 allows inverted bathymetry gridding!
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      – Re-engineered BACKSCATTER PROCESSING for sidescan and sub-bottom data
      – Unified PROPERTIES window, for controlling all objects in the project
      – Integrated 3D VIEWER for real-time and post-processed data visualization
      – 3D area and SWATH BASED EDITING boost productivity
      – New SEABED CHARACTERIZATION module for sidescan and bathy
      – Real-time support for NEW MULTIBEAM ECHOSOUNDERS
      – Support for NORBIT LiDAR, Sonardyne Solstice SAS
      – More intuitive and powerful COLOR MANAGEMENT throughout
      – Revised network HELM DISPLAY with bathymetry and sidescan image c-overage
      – Full support for SWATH BATHYMETRY, updated Contact Manager and database
      – Directly supports most leading sensors and file formats eliminating CONVERSIONS
      – 64-BIT OPTIMIZED, multi-core, multi-threaded, Win 7-10, DirectX11+, supports all avail RAM
      – HUNDREDS OF ENHANCEMENTS, repairs and data format updates
      – SINGLE BEAM sonars supported – NMEA-0183 compliant

      4th Quarter, 2017


      SW7 allows inverted bathymetry gridding!
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      General SonarWiz 7 Enhancements:

      – The SonarWiz7 integrated CTI3DViewer has a great new reporting option – the ability to capture 3D-action video or your manually-controlled scene actions. You can now share an active-graphic presentation of your 3DViewer results, with anyone who can read a WMV-format file (reads with the free Windows Media Viewer)
      -Contact editing just got faster! New hot-keys support allows you to step through the process to next-contact with less key-strokes.

      Bathymetry:

      LiDAR Post Processing: Full initial support for Velodyne VLP16 Sensor System
      R2 Sonic Files: You can now split out HF/LF channels and process them separately

      Magnetometry:

      By User Request: CSV Export of CMG and other data is now available
      Internal computation of CMG and SPEED is now done, even if the mag import template had not provided these data

      Sidescan:

      S7K Multibeam File Backscatter Data can now be imported as sidescan using only a sidescan post-processing license
      Turbo Mode SS Digital Filtering Option: Under operator control, speed up certain signal processing combos by a factor of x2.5!
      Solo EGN has been boosted for faster processing
      Multi-threading CSF-file processing has been added which enables up to a x5 speed increase!

      Sub-Bottom:

      Seabeam special-feature SEG files are now fully supported for post-processing

      Real-Time Data Acquisition Enhancements:

      Our most innovative new real-time feature for LiDAR surveys, initially supports recording data from the Velodyne VLP16 sensor system. It can be recorded concurrently with MBES data by SonarWiz, using the MBES server option.


      3rd Quarter, 2017


      SW7 allows inverted bathymetry gridding!
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      SonarWiz 7 Features:

      – Not every grid will be positive-down, so we’ve made your gridding easier, by allowing any grid to be inverted to match the SonarWiz processing math.
      – Sidescan and sub-bottom import being both fully 32-bit floating-point format now, we removed some of the legacy math limits where minima/maxima (thresholding) could be applied. It’s not necessary anymore!

      Bathymetry:

      New Cross-Section Report Option
      Static Gain Offset Option for Backscatter Mosaics

      Single-Beam:

      Single Beam Pricing – New Q3 2017 options!
      Single Beam Real Time Stand-Alone Server

      Sidescan:

      Freespan targets now easier to adjust
      Revised UGC – easier to use, includes water type selector to reflect salinity

      Sub-Bottom:

      Batch-Add Swell Filter
      User specified navigation positions in SEGY trace headers


      2nd Quarter, 2017


      Download Full Document
      SonarWiz 7 Features:

      Fully integrated 3D viewer for real time and post-processed images
      3D views of sidescan, sub-bottom, single beam or multi-beam data
      Seabed Characterization tools greatly enhanced
      Properties window provides visual access to items, settings, controls
      All RT servers enhanced so easier to do real-time surveys

      Sidescan:

      View Kongsberg MBES backscatter (with bathy license)
      32-bit floating point resolution makes import and view faster and easier

      Sub-Bottom:

      Enhanced annotation of intersections for ease of use

      Bathymetry:

      Single-beam acquisition and processing supported
      Enhanced support for reading navigation in Hypack XTF, S7K


      1st Quarter, 2017


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      Bathymetry Post Processing:

      Import Hypack HS2/HS2x bathy files, process in SonarWiz
      Natural Neighbor bathy gridding
      Seabed Classification for bathy backscatter data

      Sidescan Post Processing:

      Enhanced file property disccover and information view

      Sub-bottom Post Processing:

      Offset button on tracking ribbon menu
      Atlas Parasound .ACF data file support

      Magnetometry Post Processing:

      New label system for lines without a name
      Line-tag in map view to distinguish between lines in large survey


      4th Quarter, 2016


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      General Improvements:

      Color Window – with HISTOGRAM control

      Bathymetry Post Processing:

      New Universal Recipient ADD GRID Function

      Sidescan Post Processing:

      New Nadir Filter

      Sub-bottom Post Processing:

      New On-the-fly Digital Window


      3rd Quarter, 2016


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      General Improvements:

      Color Legend – New Name and Map Toolbar Access
      Import Navigation Smoothing – new option – None
      Export CSF File Navigation Data in GPX Format

      Sub-Bottom Specific Enhancements:

      SEG-Y – Channel Number Select Option
      New ODC File Type Specific Option – Import HD Types

      Sidescan Specific Enhancements:

      CSF File Amplitude Gridding

      Real-Time Enhancements:

      3DViewer Real-Time Waterfall – coming soon!


      2nd Quarter, 2016


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      Bathymetry Post Processing:

      New support: Lowrance Structure Scan 3D SL3 format bathymetry import
      New bathymetry gridding option: External XYZ data format
      New bathymetry gridding option: Volumetric Computations

      Sub-bottom Post Processing:

      New Seismic Data Polarity Choices for Import and Viewing
      New Sub-bottom data import from Lowrance SL2 or SL3 format files

      Real-time Data Acquisition Enhancements:

      Event / Annotation Logging

      Sidescan Post-processing Enhancements
      Magnetometry Post-processing Enhancements

      1st Quarter, 2016


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      Bathymetry Post Processing Enhancements
      Sidescan Post Processing Enhancements
      Sub-bottom Post Processing Enhancements
      Magnetometry-Specific Enhancements
      Real-Time Data Acquisition Enhancements