Sediment volume search sonar

T. E. Blanford, D. C. Brown, S. F. Johnson, C. F. Brownstead

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The Sediment Volume Search Sonar is a sensor whose goal is to improve buried unexploded ordinance (UXO) detection and classification performance through the design, build and demonstration of a sonar system that is deployed from a shallow-draft surface vessel. This sonar system produces a novel form of three-dimensional synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) imagery of surficial and buried UXO across a range of environments. The sensor is particularly suited for use in water depths less than 3 meters, and it provides sufficient detection and classification performance against objects of interest in water less than 5 meters depth. The sensor's hardware design was based in part upon data created in a modeling and simulation collaboration with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. This collaboration produced synthetic sensor data where the sensor/environment/target space could be modified to explore the expected operating conditions. The simulated data were also used to adapt a set of existing signal processing algorithms for formation of three-dimensional acoustic imagery. Recently, the sediment volume search sonar has been integrated to a shallow-water surface craft, and experiments have been conducted at a trial site in the Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir near Howard, PA. This test site has been prepared with several buried man-made objects. Results will be presented showing the use of the sensor for detecting and localizing these objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication24th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
ISBN (Electronic)9789462822634
StatePublished - Sep 9 2018
Event24th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics - Porto, Portugal
Duration: Sep 9 2018Sep 13 2018

Publication series

Name24th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics


Conference24th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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