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St. Andrews by-the-sea, Charlotte County, NB
GGE-5083 HydroCamp 2002

CSL Heron, Simrad EM3000S, May 2002

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5083-2002Slide 6

Area Of Operations - GGE5083 Hydrographic Field Operations 2002
The principal area of interest for GGE5083 Hydrographic Field Operations 2002 was St. Andrews Harbour, New Brunswick. The approaches to the harbour and limited deeper water of Passamaquoddy Bay were also included in the multibeam survey. This area is situated in the North West of the Bay of Fundy.

Survey Design

The harbour is very shallow, with depth ranges from -3.3m to +2m above chart datum. There is also a very significant intertidal influence. The tide in Passamaquoddy Bay is semidiurnal with a maximum amplitude of approximately 8 metres at spring tide. The main purpose of the project was to familiarize students with several components of a hydrographic survey such as data collection, data processing and error handling.

Area of Survey
Extent of planned survey for HydroCamp 2002

Students in class:
  • Andreas Adam :
  • Karen Cove :
  • Alice Gillam :
  • Kevin Gray :
  • Meredith Hutchison :
  • Claudia Luebke :


  • John Hughes Clarke :
  • Marcelos Santos :
  • Anya Duxfield :

Survey Platforms and Instrumentation

Survey Platform:
This was the first year of operations for the CSL Heron, the Ocean Mapping Groups survey launch and all its sonar equipment.

The students were ably assisted on board by initially, CHS's coxswain Carmen Reid.  Loren Fleet, joined OMG staff and took over the responbility of the launch and its driving on a permanent part-time basis.

Sonar Equipment:
  • Simrad EM3000S - Seatex MRU-6
  • Knudsen 320B/P
    • 200 kHz 0.5 degree port sidescan
    • 200 kHz 0.5 degree starboard sidescan
    • 200 kHz 6 degree downward
  • Knudsen 320M
    • 28 kHz subbottom
    • 3.5kHz subbottom
  • RDI ADCP - 600 kHz

Objectives of Survey

Although this survey is principally for training purposes the collected data will be used for several applications. The harbour of St. Andrews is a very attractive destination for boaters and other tourists within the summer months. Therefore it is of common interest to update the harbour seafloor to ensure accurate navigational information, especially in an area of such variable water depth and tidal currents. The strong currents in the area result in erosion and could cause the movement of subsurface objects. The final products of survey will also be provided to the City of St Andrews to support future decisions that are related to the harbour, such as dredging and the building of new docks.

The data gathered in this survey has  been added to the previous surveys done in the general area over the proceeding ten years, giving very good and extensive coverage of what is a very interesting  area , both in oceanographic and geological terms.

For images using all the data gathered in Passamaquoddy Bay follow the link.
Musq Topo
Archived Multibeam Bathymetry
EM1000 data from 1992, 1994 and 1995

St. Andrews by-the-sea, HydroCamp, 2002
Final Products
St. Andrew 2002 HydroCamp Multibeam
EM3000S Multibeam bathymetry.
St. Andrews by-the-sea, HydroCamp, 2002 Mosaiced Backscatter
EM3000S Multibeam backscatter
St. Andrews by-the-sea, HydroCamp, 2002
Final Products
Enlargement of the harbour area. Multibeam bathymetry.
St. Andrews by-the-sea, HydroCamp, 2002
Final Products
Enlargement of the harbour area.Multibeam backscatter.

St. Andrews by-the-sea, HydroCamp, 2002
Final Products
Keel mounted sidescan staves and Knudsen 320B/P Controller. Enlargement of the harbour area. Sidescan image.
St. Andrews by-the-sea, HydroCamp, 2002
Survey Operations Report
The students Survey Operations Report is available as a Word Document.

Last modified by A.Duxfield ( 2004-02-05