SE 6023
Multibeam Sonar, theory and operation

Instructor : John E. Hughes Clarke
Winter or Fall Terms at the instructors discretion
weekly timing as suits everyone  (normally in E19)


At this point, a "burning desire to map the ocean" is seen merely as an essential prerequisite.

To broaden a student's familiarity and understanding of the technical aspects of acoustic swath sonar surveying. This might take the form of :


TIMETABLE 2000/1/2

There is no formal , preset timetable.


Class meetings are arranged at the convenience of the students and instructors. Normally ~ 2 contact hours per week would be normal. A series of problem are posed through the term (hopefully by the students themselves) and the students are asked to :

Examples of Previous Problems :

The course is normally open only to graduate students. However, other registered students who can show a particular reason and have a strong quantitative and analytical background may be allowed to take the course.


When first introduced in 1995, this class was designed to allow graduate students within the GGE dept. to follow the evolving contents of a commerical swath sonar training course developed by the instructor and 3 others (the OMG Multibeam Training Course). Over the period 1995 to 1999 however, most of the basic contents of this course were moved into the core undergraduate hydrography course (SE4053, now changed to SE3353).

As a result of the embedding of the core MBC contents into SE3353, that course is now considered as a prereq is now considered as a prerequisite for SE6023. The prospective student is thus expected to have a strong  prior knowledge of :

Depending on the specific interests of the students involved, the classes will be tailored to explore the problems of interest and to fill in those knowledge gaps that are required to address the problem. All students will have full access to the computing resources of the Ocean Mapping Group and will be expected to do their analysis and presentations digitally.


Whilst there is no formal field program for this class, the graduate students are strongly encouraged to take part in swath sonar field programs that are part of the ongoing research of the Ocean Mapping Group. Most frequently, this involves sea time on the Canadian Hydrographic Survey vessels whilst experimental operations are ongoing. However, for some years this has involved participating in field mapping operations in locations ranging from Hawaii to the New York Bight.

Whilst these field programs often don't coincide with the formal class, the term paper is often written some time later and may make use of data collected as part of these opportunistic field experiments.

For exc field experiments.

For example in 2000, the students:

in 1999, some of the students: in 1998, some of the students: In 1997, some of the students In 1996 some of the students


The course assessment will be based :


last modified  12th November 2000 by John E. Hughes Clarke.