Survey

MIND Technology, via its product line of Klein Sonar Systems, has over 50 years of experience with the development and manufacture of high-performance sonar systems. Our side scan sonar systems are respected as the standard of excellence in the industry and are deployed by governments, navies, port authorities, surveyors, oil companies and universities worldwide

Our survey products are engineered to yield high quality image reliability and efficient survey productivity. We have successfully produced products that last in this extreme environment yet perform to the highest levels of accuracy. Our engineers employ the latest in electronic and mechanical design techniques whilst maintaining compatibility with industry standard systems.

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Applications

Search & Recovery

Continued innovation and enhancement from the world’s most trusted brand in underwater Search and Recovery.

Recovery of criminal evidence, salvage of lost property, or searching for remains underwater is a challenging and painstaking task.  Water is often cold and turbid, and there may be significant time pressure – for litigation reasons or from grieving relatives.  Traditionally this task was performed by highly trained divers, conducting literal fingertip searches, potentially in zero visibility.  The use of high-frequency sidescan sonar enables searches to be performed more quickly, more accurately, and more safely.

To ensure confidence that searches are comprehensive, accurate, and complete, the sensor systems used must provide high-resolution imagery and have extreme reliability even in extreme conditions.  Through 50 years of experience MIND Technology’s Klein sonars have built just such a reputation and are in service with Navies and law-enforcement agencies across the globe as a trusted tool for performing these vital tasks.

Incorporating Klein’s unique ALS technology increases the capability of these systems to a new level, and provides detailed imagery across the whole sonar swath in a single pass, further increasing accuracy, and reducing critical mission time.

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Hydrographic Survey

Development of the next generation of wide-swath bathymetric systems specifically designed for shallow-water operations on autonomous platforms.

Hydrography is the science involved in the measurement and description of the physical features of water bodies and the adjacent land areas. Mapping the water depths and seafloor topography is critical for maritime navigation, marine construction, dredging, offshore renewables, offshore oil exploration, aquaculture and protection of the marine environment. Hydrographic surveys are undertaken using state-of-the-art sensors and technologies such as high precision navigation systems, sophisticated acoustic sensors and optical systems to produce high resolution three-dimensional data used to generate hydrographic charts and terrain models of the oceans, harbors, lakes and rivers.

Surveying in shallow water is a challenging endeavor for surveyors. Traditionally hydrographic surveys have been conducted by manned vessels using single-beam echosounders, but are now increasingly conducted with the aid of multi-beam echsounders (MBES) and phase measuring bathymetric side scan sonars (PMBS).  The complexity and level of effort increases dramatically when autonomous survey platforms are added to the equation and none of the current MBES and PMBS systems are specifically designed for autonomous operations.

MIND Technology is developing the next generation of bathymetric sonars specifically designed for shallow water operations on small to medium sized autonomous platforms (USVs and AUVs). This next generation of fully-integrated and pre-calibrated hydrographic systems (sonar, inertial navigation system and sound speed sensor) is centered around an advanced, multichannel sonar with a fully populated array, which offers much more robust performance compared to sonars that rely on interferometry. This new system will extend the achievable swath widths and feature detection capabilities to exceed IHO Special Order standards beyond what was previously possible with the current suite of technology.

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Construction Survey

Construction surveys require high resolution bottom imagery and sub-bottom profiling for improved project decision support.

Underwater construction surveys are routinely undertaken for the planning, routing, installation, monitoring and remediation of marine infrastructure in the offshore energy, pipeline/cable, port development, inland waterway and reservoir/dam industry segments.  These surveys are often conducted in arduous conditions.

Construction surveys require the acquisition of the high quality bottom imagery,  hydrographic data and foundation information,  to support mission-critical projects.

MIND Technology, through our Klein product line, has a wide range of side scan sonars, bathymetry sonars and sub-bottom profilers which are extensively used to provide the high quality acoustic data necessary for improved project decision support.

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Platforms

Towed Sidescan

Industry’s first integrated single beam side scan and gap filler sonar, with Klein Blue Technology, for Superior imaging performance

Dual frequency, single beam high definition sonar for search and recovery applications.

Single beam side scan sonar for shallow or deep water operations featuring Klein Blue Technology for superior imaging performance.

Single beam digital CHIRP/CW Side Scan Sonar designed for deep water surveys to 3000 m depth.

Compact, one-man portable single beam, dual frequency side scan sonar for search and recovery operations.

Compact, one-man portable single beam, dual frequency side scan sonar for shallow or deep water search and recovery operations.

Advanced Mine Hunting Multi-Beam Side Scan Sonar with Bathymetry.

Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) High Speed Multi-Beam Side Scan Sonar with optional Phase Differencing Swath Bathymetry.

Sub-bottom profiler achieving higher resolution and deeper bottom penetration than comparable systems on the market.

Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV)

Industry’s first integrated single beam side scan and gap filler sonar, with Klein Blue Technology, for Superior imaging performance

Dual frequency, single beam high definition sonar for search and recovery applications.

Advanced Mine Hunting Multi-Beam Side Scan Sonar with Bathymetry.

Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) High Speed Multi-Beam Side Scan Sonar with optional Phase Differencing Swath Bathymetry.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)

A highly scalable, modular system which integrates easily to most AUV/ROV vehicles for both the commercial and military unmanned vehicle markets.  

Rated to 3000 m or 6000 m depth, the UUV 3500 deep easily integrates into various sized AUV platforms in addition to ROV, submarine, and tow-sled installations.

Multi-beam, dual-purpose side scan sonar with an optional Bathymetry payload for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). 

Dual-frequency, advanced bathymetry payload for the growing Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) , Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs) and UUV markets.