Multibeam system known as a multibeam echosounder (MBES) is a type of sonar that is used to map the water bottom. Like other sonar systems, multibeam systems emit sound waves in a fan shape beneath a ship’s hull. The amount of time it takes for the sound waves to bounce off the water bottom and return to a receiver is used to determine water depth. Unlike other sonars, multibeam systems use beamforming to extract directional information from the returning soundwaves, producing a swath of depth readings from a single ping.
Multibeam Echosounders (or MBES) are more and more commonly used. For over a decade Nautikaris has specialized themselves in Interferometric Multibeam Systems. More than 10 years ago Nautikaris introduced interferometric Multibeam systems in the market. Even though we were succesfull, it was not easy to correct the dataset due to the massive amount of data that was being collected. This is a thing of the past with the BathySwath 2 systems.
Apart from Interferometric Multibeam systems Nautikaris also has a line-up of two Multibeam systems.
The Pico MBES
PicoMBES is a miniature multibeam echo sounder (MBES). PicoMBES is ideally suited to near-nadir gap filling swath interferometric systems or for standalone microbathymetry.
The Tritech MBES Multibeam Profiling Sonar – Gemini 620pd. A high-resolution echo sounder from Tritech’s proven Gemini multibeam imaging sonar technology in a subsea profiling application.