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Hydro trial: NORBIT Multibeam

Our hydrographic team is testing the latest technology by NORBIT for use on the Thames.

The team were given a live demonstration from a survey team based in Oregon, USA at the end of January. The NORBIT multibeam’s capabilities were demonstrated via cameras and live data feeds aboard survey vessels on the west coast of America.

Following that, trials began at our Royal Terrace Pier base, with hydrographic surveyor Jed Green (pictured) leading on the installation and testing.

Although this assessment is primarily aimed at finding a new system for our survey vessel Galloper, the equipment is light and portable so could be easily transferred to other vessels or used on an ASV (automated survey vessel), for areas we cannot easily survey using our present capabilities.