BioSonics Technology Deployed at PNNL Marine Sciences Laboratory

This summer, a BioSonics-owned DT-X Automated Monitoring Systems (DT-X AMS) was installed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Marine Sciences Laboratory, in Sequim, Washington, to acquire baseline environmental monitoring data that could assist future research at that location. BioSonics is operating this system and providing the data collected free of charge to PNNL. The BioSonics DTX-AMS tracks and logs detected marine life, from plankton to marine mammals, in real time, generating automated reports with no post processing or data analysis effort required.  Interesting data is streaming in, see the marine mammal detection in the echogram below. Stay tuned for updates!

BioSonics’ unique, sonar-based monitor systems are used worldwide to quantify fish passage and assess behavioral impacts on aquatic animals including marine mammals, fish, and diving birds.  Targets can be detected at ranges in excess of 200m and information includes the size, speed, and direction of travel for each target detected.  BioSonics DT-X AMS technology is scalable and adaptable to a wide range of project locations and targets of interest.  Contact BioSonics today to learn how DT-X AMS technology can provide valuable information for your project.

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DT-X AMS echogram displaying marine mammal detected at range of >40 meters

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VisAcq AutoTrack software automatically builds and records fish track lists in real time

BioSonics offers unique and innovative solutions to monitor fish passage and assess behavioral impacts on aquatic animals including marine mammals, fish, and diving birds.

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BioSonics-Visual Habitat (VH2) NOW “FREEWARE”

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FREE AND UNLIMITED ACCESS FOR ALL BIOSONICS USERS!

We recently announced the release of VH2 with amazing new gridding and mapping tools for aquatic habitat assessment and presentation of information on seagrass, substrate type and bathymetry. VH2 is an easy-to-learn processing software for the quantitative assessment and mapping of aquatic habitat features with data collected using BioSonics DT-X or MX scientific echosounders.

Existing DT-X users can now process new or archived data files for information on aquatic vegetation, substrate type, and/or bathymetry data.  All BioSonics  users can quickly and easily create full-color maps with depth contours to present and share results, without the added effort and expense of GIS.

FREE – NO LICENSE KEY REQUIRED

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WHAT’S NEW IN Visual Habitat 2.0?

  • Interpolate data points to form gridded data using the following methods:
    -Triangulated Linear Interpolation
    -Inverse Distance Weighting
    -Ordinary Kriging
  • Create full color maps with bathymetry contours
  • Define survey region by manually drawing or importing from shapefile
  • Automatically compute grid statistics including: area, water volume, min/max/avg. depth
  • Export results as KML, shapefile, or image files for use in Google Earth or ArcGIS
  • Adjust opacity of data points, gridded data and contours
  • Choose projection option UTM, Geographic, or Web Mercator
  • Choose from Google, Bing, or Open Street Map imagery
  • Export Bottom Type intermediate results to CSV or MatLab file
  • Compute plant area and volume
  • Map measure tool
  • AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

Contact us to learn more about BioSonics Aquatic Habitat Assessment solutions!

 

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October Hydroacoustic Assessment Workshop!

BioSonics is happy to announce the fall session of our 3-Day Hydroacoustic Workshop, to be held October 25-27, 2016

What:       3-Day Hydroacoustic Training Workshop

Where:    BioSonics Headquarters, Seattle, WA

When:      Tuesday-Thursday – October 25-27, 2016

How:        Register on our website!

Course content includes a review of hydroacoustic theory as well as practical training and tips for echosounder operation, field calibration and transducer mounting. This combination of lecture, laboratory exercises, and mobile survey on Lake Washington provides an excellent overview of the latest techniques for hydroacoustic data collection and processing. More details and tuition information is available here.

This is a valuable training opportunity! Don’t miss it!

Register today!

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BioSonics Visual Acquisition Software with VisAcq AutoTrack

Be sure you have tBioSonics_VisualAcquisition_Logo_RGBhe latest version of Visual Acquisition, BioSonics data acquisition and playback software.  Take advantage of key upgrades and important new functionality!

VisAcq AutoTrack is a standard feature within Visual Acquisition 6.2 – that’s right, it’s FREE – NO LICENSE KEY REQUIRED!

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As a reminder, VisAcq AutoTrack works as a real-time processing tool that automatically builds and records fish track lists.

At the end of a mobile survey, your data processing work is essentially completed. All that’s left to do is open a CSV file and extract the information you need. It’s that easy and best of all, it’s automatic…and no further analysis or additional software is required to obtain usable information for fisheries management.

Using VisAcq AutoTrack is simple, just configure echo and track detection parameters and collect data as usual. You can literally walk off the boat with data processing completed and usable information in hand that includes:

  • Fish Density and distribution by depth strata or distance along transect
  • Size (TS) distribution
  • Total count of all fish detected

VisAcq AutoTrack includes a handy re-processing utility for previously collected files, so you can analyze archived DT-X data you haven’t had time to process. Conventional processing methods can take many hours of valuable time, so just imagine how much time VisAcq AutoTrack can save! To learn more, watch the VisAcq AutoTrack tutorial.

What Else is New in Visual Acquisition 6.2?

  • Motor Control Module for fixed location deployments using integrated pan and tilt motor(s); program sweep, scan, or tilt in any direction to increase coverage area
  • External trigger input tool for MX Echosounder
  • Map Display for playback of files shows ship track from DGPS data
  • Improved Bullseye options to rotate the chart and view in proper orientation with arrow indicators showing +x and +y directions
  • Memory function remembers windows were open and reopens those windows when launched
  • File Utilities for splitting a batch of files at once and exporting raw ping samples
  • Many new CSV output options
  • Improved Echo Summary Report export buttons for histogram and echo data
  • Reanalyze option for analyzing contiguous RTPX files together
  • Click track row or chart echo to zoom echogram on track
  • And much, much  more…

Contact Us to learn more about BioSonics Scientific Echosounders and Software!

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Summer Hydroacoustic Assessment Workshop!

BioSonics is happy to announce the summer session of our 3-Day Hydroacoustic Workshop, to be held June 7 – 9, 2016.

What:       3-Day Hydroacoustic Training Workshop

Where:    BioSonics Headquarters, Seattle, WA

When:      Tuesday-Thursday – June 7-9, 2016

How:        Register on our website!

Course content includes a review of hydroacoustic theory as well as practical training and tips for echosounder operation, field calibration and transducer mounting. This combination of lecture, laboratory exercises, and mobile survey on Lake Washington provides an excellent overview of the latest techniques for hydroacoustic data collection and processing. More details and tuition information is available here.

This is a valuable training opportunity! Don’t miss it!

Register today!

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4027 Leary Way NW

Seattle, WA 98107

206.782.2211

www.biosonicsinc.com

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BioSonics and Ping DSP Sonar Technologies Combine for Seagrass Surveys

Check out the article on Marine Technology News!

Two sonar manufacturers from the Pacific Northwest have joined forces in a cooperative effort aimed at improving efficiencies in aquatic habitat mapping. Seattle-based BioSonics Inc., and Ping DSP, with headquarters located in Victoria, BC, recently conducted trials to evaluate the effectiveness of a Ping DSP 3D Sidescan sonar combined with a BioSonics MX single beam echosounder as a means for locating and quantifying seagrass beds.

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October Hydroacoustic Assessment Workshop!

BioSonics is happy to announce the fall session of our 3-Day Hydroacoustic Workshop, to be held October 28-30, 2014.

What:       3-Day Hydroacoustic Training Workshop

Where:    BioSonics Headquarters, Seattle, WA

When:      Tuesday-Thursday – October 28-30, 2014

How:        Register on our website!

Course content includes a review of hydroacoustic theory as well as practical training and tips for echosounder operation, field calibration and transducer mounting. This combination of lecture, laboratory exercises, and mobile survey on Lake Washington provides an excellent overview of the latest techniques for hydroacoustic data collection and processing. More details and tuition information is available here.

This is a valuable training opportunity! Don’t miss it!

Register today!

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BioSonics, Inc.

4027 Leary Way NW

Seattle, WA 98107

206.782.2211

www.biosonicsinc.com

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