Kongsberg Maritime (NOR) / Hydrographic & Sonars

Sonar for underwater inspection & survey of structures

Kongsberg Mesotech pioneered the use of scanning sonar for underwater marine engineering applications. The company is a world leader in the development of products used for visualisation of underwater structures (bridges, docks, piers, dams etc.) and using sonar to support a multitude of underwater construction applications. Underwater inspection of man-made structures is vital as they age. Water currents, corrosion and damage from storms and vessels may impact structural integrity.

Diving inspections are often challenged by high current, deep water, lack of visibility and debris accumulation around the structure. In addition to limiting the diver from completing a thorough inspection, debris build-up around bridge piers is potentially one of the most dangerous conditions the inspection diver faces. It introduces the possibility of entanglement, and even worse, diver entrapment if the debris moves.

High resolution sonar provides superior quality data, and the compact size and portability of the sonar enables quick, frequent monitoring and lower costs. The Kongsberg Mesotech scanning sonar and MS 1000 processing software system is ideal for underwater engineering, search and surveying applications.

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