Uncrewed platforms are becoming widely used to preform survey operations. They are affordable, reliable, easy to deploy and retrieve, comes in different sizes and can be fitted with a wide range of sensors. Their usage spans from small harbor surveys to over-the-horizon deep sea mapping, and the carbon emission is a fraction compared to a crewed ship. 

Multibeam echosounder systems make mapping very efficient. They are easy to install and operate and provide excellent data quality. The data can be used for a variety of purposes, e.g., general mapping of the topography, pipeline inspection, harbor monitoring, habitat mapping, object detection, dredging and construction. 

Control and monitoring of all systems on several USVs are essential to provide good quality assurance of the data from all sensors, as well as maneuvering the vessel itself. This is also critical to allow more efficient use of staffing with an increased number of platforms. 

The process of unloading the data off the ship and into a system on shore can now be done in a secure and affordable manner. Data management and making products such as maps can now be done in near real-time from anywhere on the Internet. This offers great potential for efficient data analysis, data sharing and data management.  

In this presentation, Kongsberg will demonstrate how to interface SIS Remote into existing control room setups. Next, SIS Remote will be used live, showing how to control two multibeam echosounder systems on two boats at the same time, plan survey lines and pass them on to each of the ships and securely collect the data from both in real-time using data compression and data decimation techniques reducing the bandwidth requirement to a minimum. The full point clouds will then be processed and displayed together to provide the end user with a complete situational awareness in near real-time.  


Terje Haga Pedersen

Terje has a master in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, in 1989. He worked six years with the Norwegian Mapping Authority and has worked 27 years with Kongsberg Discovery. He has since 2000 worked as Product Manager for Mapping Software with specific responsibility for software related to multibeam echosounders, sonar processing and visualization, and since 2023 as a Product Advisor working with the same topics. 

Colleen Peters

Colleen has spent most of her professional career at sea. As a Senior Survey Technician for NOAA, and a Lead Marine Technician for Schmidt Ocean Institute and OceanX, she has a breadth of experience acquiring and managing data collected with a wide variety of scientific instrumentation. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Masters in Oceanography and a Masters in Business Administration, she joined Saildrone, where she gained experience remotely integrating and operating the Kongsberg Seapath, EK80, EC150, EM304 and EM2040 on the Saildrone Surveyor. As the Product Manager for medium and deep EM systems, Colleen works on developing new features and improvements for the multibeam echo sounders. As the Product Manager for SIS, she will help continue to improve the capabilities as well as the end user’s experience with the software.

Jose Cordero

Jose holds BS and MS degrees in Naval Sciences and Ocean Mapping Engineering from the Spanish Naval College and the University of New Hampshire, respectively.

As a naval officer and FIG/IHO cat. A hydrographer, he has more than 20 years of experience in maritime operations and marine data collection and processing for nautical charting in the global ocean. He has served at the Spanish Hydrographic Office as Survey Delivery Manager and commanded the rover vessels Rigel and Tofino. He has also worked at the European Naval Forces Forwarded HQ in the Indian Ocean and at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain. Jose joined Kongsberg Discovery as Product Manager for the Shallow Water Multibeam Systems in 2023