Simrad TD50 3D Visualization Software

The Simrad TD50 enables live streaming of 3D data generated by scientific multibeam systems. The unique data visualisation software is currently operational with the Simrad ME70 scientific multibeam echo sounder.

The Simrad TD50 software reads the incredibly clean raw data from the ME70 in real time, and delivers accurate live visualisation of the oceanspace beneath the vessel to the scientific lab on board and to the bridge. Previously this data had to be post-processed before the 3D potential of the system was realised. A live feed now available. Researchers and vessel crews benefit from a new highly effective decision support tool that can enhance vessel efficiency and the effectiveness of scientific surveys in general.

The Simrad TD50 Multibeam 3D Visualisation Software is shown presenting sand eels on sand bottom. The raw data is taken from the Simrad ME70 Scientific multibeam echo sounder on M/S Simrad Echo.

Accurate 3D visualisation gives users a better understanding of the marine ecosystem by i.e. enabling precise measurement of schools of fish rather than estimating size and shapes based on models. Additionally, 3D view of bottom topography and the relating bottom habitats further enhances the understanding of the marine ecosystems. When accurate 3D visualisation is delivered in real-time, the benefits are significant.

The Simrad TD50 system is especially relevant to projects using 'adaptive sampling, as the live 3D stream of the survey area enables researchers to see specific attributes as the vessel passes over them, allowing action for further inspection to be taken immediately.

The live 3D stream from the Simrad ME70 data can be delivered to multiple locations on board which allows for better interaction between scientists and the vessel operators, typically important in demanding operations where the vessel interacts with objects in the water column. Research vessels engaged in active sampling of biology such as trawling can also improve their capabilities, with the Simrad TD50 system effectively providing a 'long range camera' below the surface.

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