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Chesapeake Technology SonarWiz 7 Field & Office Suite

Sidescan, sub-bottom, bathymetry, magnetometry data collection and post-processing

SonarWiz Field & Office Suite 7 is your all-in-one solution for acquiring and/or processing sidescan, sub-bottom, bathymetry and magnetometry data.

  • Chesapeake Technology SonarWiz 7 Field & Office Suite
Chesapeake Technology
1605 W. El Camino Real / Suite 100
94040 Mountain View


SonarWiz Field & Office Suite 7 is your all-in-one solution for acquiring and/or processing sidescan, sub-bottom, bathymetry and magnetometry data. Modules are sold separately or as a complete suite - only pay for the software that you will use. The industry’s leading seafloor mapping software allows surveyors to: Detect small targets via improved across track resolution. Identify differences between old and new surveys through the SonarWiz transparency, swipe, or line shift tools. Preserve the full fidelity of sonar data across multiple formats e.g. XTF, Edgetech JSF or Kongsberg-GeoAcoustics GCF. Simplify mission execution through the use of a single, easy-to-learn mapping solution. Create superior contact reports thanks to improved editing features. Easily export data to a variety of formats including PDF, OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, and HTML. Optimize time on the water through the use of sophisticated planning tools. Reduce costs by leveraging real-time data acquisition to confirm quality and coverage prior to leaving coverage area. Generate state of the art mosaics, contact, and waterfall imagery with high resolution 64-bit displays.

Extensive contact management and reporting capabilities designed to support large sidescan surveys. Pick contacts in the waterfall or plan view windows and markers will appear throughout the program. Search for contacts in other track lines or rationalize multiple contacts into a single improved target. Build database queries on 30+ automatic and user-defined data fields. Update contact data when survey navigation is modified in post-processing. Export contacts as georeferenced images, MS Office reports, or GIS layers.

Lay out your lines and estimate survey timing with SonarWiz survey planning tools and send the plan to the remote helm display. Acquire sonar, navigation, fathometer data, payout meter and magnetometer data simultaneously. Configure the real time display options to display just the data you want, including sidescan and subbottom waterfalls, contact target strips, and fully processed, real-time mosaics. 

Powerful tools for correcting the navigation of towed sensors include manual editing and filtering, post-process navigation injection, and target map corrections. Advanced gain and signal processing filters enhance targets or prepare a sidescan survey for habitat classification. The Seabed Characterization Tool can segment acoustic imagery into homogeneous regions for sediment classification. 

SonarWiz is modular and each component can be purchased separately, as an add-on, or as part of a Field or Office bundle. We offer dongle and dongle-free licensing (DFL) options. DFL licenses eliminate the risk of lost or stolen dongles and can be transferred between any two internet-connected PCs in seconds. Network and Academic options are also available.

DIGITAL: Atlas NA, C-MAX, Edgetech, Falmouth Scientific, GeoAcoustics, HUGIN AUV, Imagenex, Klein, Knudsen, Kongsberg, NORBIT & other LiDAR, PingDSP, R2Sonic, RESON, SyQwest, Teledyne, Tritech. ANALOG: C-MAX, Edgetech, GeoAcoustics, Klein; Sparkers, Boomers, Bubble-guns, Pulsers.

All major file types including 81S, 872, 83P, ALL, COD, CMS2, DAT, GCF, HSX, IMG, JSF, LogDoc, MB41, MST, QMP, RAW, RDF, RFF, SDS, SEG, SGY, SL2, SL3, SMB, SON, SWF8, SXP, SXR, SXI, V4Log, XTF

Recommended PC: 64bit, Win10, 8GB, SSD, USB port optional; DirectX 11+ (DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics card supporting Shader Model 2.0).


  • Year of last update
  • Year of initial introduction
  • Modules
    SonarWiz 7 Office Suite includes post-processing of sidescan, sub-bottom, bathymetry, magnetometry and single beam. SonarWiz 7 Field & Office Suite offers both data acquisition AND post-processing for sidescan, sub-bottom, bathymetry, magnetometry and now single beam.
  • Supported Systems (SB, MB, SSS, Lidar etc.)
    SS, SBP, MBES, LiDAR, SBES, Mag; GPS, fathometer, heave sensor, MRU input via COM port or UDP.
  • RAM [MB]
  • HD{GB}
  • Use of GPU
  • Processor
  • Stereo Display
  • Field of Use
    -Pipeline survey-Hydrographic survey-Commercial survey-Marine archaeological survey-Educational hydrography
  • Languages Supported
  • Input Formates {XTF, XYZ, GSF etc}
    Sidescan: SonarWiz accepts over 20 different sidescan formats including JSF, XTF, SDF, RDF, DAT, SON, ODC, SEG, S2K, and ALL. SBP specific: SonarWiz accepts over 10 different sub-bottom formats including SEG, JSF, GCF, COD, XTF, SDF, RAW, V4Log, ODC, KEB (including D0-3 & 9 formats). Mag specific: - AquaScan AXL - Arts GAVIA MAG - Balaswamy - C&C Magnetometers - CSF Magnetometers - FSL-MAG - HWTMA-2011-1 - HYPACK RAW File Magnetometer - Lat Lon Magnetometer Files - Lon Lat Magnetometer - Mag Log Type 4 - Mag Log Type 5 - Maglog GPS-POS w/Altitude - Maglog GPS-POS-Alt-MAG2-MAG3 - Mag Log Spencer - Maglog Standard Format - Maglog w/Altitude - PLR Magnetometer [feet] - PLR Magnetometer [meters] - SeaLink Magnetometer - SeaLink Wilhelm - SeaSpy Type 3 - SonarWiz MAG 882 - SonarWiz SEASPY - SonarWiz SEASPY_XY - TBSmith HYPACK MAG - TeslaOffshore-MAG-1 - XYZ MAG For a complete list, visit:
  • Max. Number of Soundings
    Depends on file size, 500 per project is typical.
  • Supported Hydrographic Systems
    CMAX, Edgetech, Geoacoustics,Geomag, Humminbird, Imagenex, Klein, Knudsen, Kongsberg, Marine Magnetics, Marine Sonic,Odom, PingDSP, R2Sonic, RESON, SyQwest, Teledyne-Benthos, Teledyne-Hugin.
  • Background format support {Google, Bing, OGC, CAD etc.}
    SonarWiz works with all importable basemap file types supported by Global Mapper Software LLC, Olathe, KS.
  • 2D Editing
  • 2D Visualization
  • Fly-throughs support
  • 3D fly-through movies {*.mov etc}
  • Area based 3D editing
  • Area based 3D View
  • 3D View max number points
  • Sounding cleaning algorithms
    Automatic, supervised filtering, & manual tools.
  • 4D support
  • 4D fly through movies {*.mov etc.}
  • Sound velocity correction
    Single profile support
  • Sound velocity correction type
  • Tidal reduction
  • Support tidal reduction network
  • Gridding/Interpolation techniques
    Altitude, Cable Out, Mag, Reflectivity, & others
  • Grid attributes {Std., Mean, Max, etc.}
    Weighted Average, Average, Density, Minimum, Maximum, Median, Amplitude, Standard Deviation
  • Lay-back correction
  • Siant range correction
  • Mosaic creation
  • Mosaic creation algorithms
  • SSS Targeting
  • Video integration
  • Number of video channels
  • Assessment of bathymetry IHO Cat S-44
  • Type of automatic cleaning algorithm(s)
    All: automated smoothing and manual editing option for navigation data, with digital filtering specific to each category.Sidescan: bottom-tracking, beam-angle correction, speed correction, AGC, TVG, UGC, EGN, downsampling optionsSub-bottom: bottom-tracking, band-pass filter, swell filter, heave correction, stacking, datum alignment, downsampling options, with AGC, TVG, UGC.Bathymetry: downsampling options, amplitude filter, range filter, cutoff angle filter, box filter, density filter, median filter, sound velocity/tide adjustments, manual swath and area editing, supervised/auto support - swath editing.
  • Multibeam water column imaging support
  • Multibeam Backscatter Processing Functionality
    Yes - RESON, R2Sonic, Kongsberg
  • Mulitbeam Calibration mehods
    Automatic and Manual
  • Manual editing capability
  • Supported coordinate systems
    Pre-defined such as WGS84, LL, all UTM, NAD27, NAD83, state planes (US), most pre-defiend International coordinate systems, and user-defined coordinate system options with customized datum, ellipsoid, and projections.
  • Geographical Coordinates {Lat, Long}
  • Ground Coordinates {E,N}
  • Seven Parameter shift supported
  • Separation model for vertical datum shift support
  • Local datum support
  • Ellipsoidal reference support (GRS80)
  • Automatic top of pipe calculation
  • Dynamic event numbering
  • Volume calculation
  • Contouring
  • Export/Exchange options
    BMP, JPG, TIFF, Geo Image, 3D PDF, Google Earth, Sonar Coverage Report, Capture Screen Image

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