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New automated seabed classification software released

A leading designer, developer and supplier of innovative products and services to the global maritime and subsea market, has just released a beta version of its new software package for automated Seabed Classification.

M&CCE Expo exhibitor Coda Octopus’ new software automatically interprets users' sidescan sonar data to detect and classify different seabed types.

Integrated within the company’s industry proven Survey Engine® range, AI (artificial intelligence) based methods are used to detect and classify seabeds in both type and geographical extent from sidescan sonar data. The extent boundaries are instantly visible to the user for validation and QC and can then be exported for use in chart and map generation, direct import to the users chosen GIS platform, or for further processing.

Seabed type boundaries are stored within Survey Engine, using the powerful GeoKit feature set allowing them to be manually edited, reported or supplemented if required. The boundary generation process automatically creates nodes in a way that avoids any gaps between adjacent seabed types which is vital for contiguous segmentation and reporting. The software also displays closed boundary areas as coloured polygons helping to identify and distinguish these seabed types, particularly useful to visualize those areas completely surrounded by other seabed types.

With this new fully automated Seabed Classification software, users can now save valuable interpretation and reporting time when generating charts or maps in support of their geophysical survey projects. Ideal geophysical survey applications include site and geohazard investigation in support of pipelay, jacket and riser installation or subsea cable laying operations. For example, ripples in the seabed that alert operators to strong and potentially dangerous currents, can now be more quickly and more repeatably identified for better decision making. Environmental applications will greatly benefit from the automated classification over large area surveys of differing and varied seabed types.

Established front-runners in the emerging marine geophysical survey market, Coda Octopus holds a number of significant patents including that for its real-time imaging 3D sonar, the Echoscope®, allowing users to visualize their underwater environment live, in 3D, and in all water visibility conditions.

Certified to ISO 9001:2015 quality standards, Coda Octopus designs solutions for a wide variety of tasks including subsea surveys, marine construction, ROV operations, dredging, and port security.

Coda Octopus will exhibit at M&CCE Expo for the first time in 2020.

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