Ultrabeam Hydrographic, a UK-based hydrographic survey company with over 30 years of experience in coastal geophysics and offshore surveying, has completed numerous projects across the UK and Europe, including bathymetric surveys, geophysical surveys, bridge inspections, harbor and dock surveys, and wreck surveys. Ultrabeam utilizes innovative technology and methods to deliver precision results to its clients, which include ports and harbors, utility companies, offshore renewable energy, oil & gas, and public sector marine industries. Gabriel Walton, co-founder of Ultrabeam, specialized in high-resolution multibeam surveying of shipwrecks 12 years ago. He worked on a number of famous shipwrecks, such as the Costa Concordia and the Rena in New Zealand, and developed a unique set of acquisition techniques and an understanding of ultra-high-resolution sonar surveys. This knowledge led him to develop unique sonar platforms and mechanically actuated sonar mounts designed to produce clear, detailed survey data at close-range and in challenging conditions.
The Sonic 2024 is one of the sonars that Ultrabeam uses for high-resolution work. Walton praises the size of the topside unit, which is important for shipping the systems and making installation quicker. The Sonic 2024 also offers exceptional data clarity and precision, with high ping rates and algorithms that make it easy to pick up real targets on the seabed and vertical aspects of objects. The accuracy and resolution of the Sonic 2024 are critical for Ultrabeam, as they want to see the finest detail possible and collect accurate points for future comparison. Walton emphasizes that choosing the right multibeam for the application is essential, and the Sonic 2024 is the best sonar available for high-resolution work. The user-friendly system allows the team to focus on how specific settings affect the collected data's smaller details rather than learning how to use the system as a whole.