Case Studies

Our Customers Want to Share Their Results


Our customers are so pleased with the results they’re seeing that they want to share them with us. And with you. This section includes submitted examples of what surveyors and educators have created with our software, just to give you a flavor of the broad range of results that are made possible with SonarWiz 5. Examples include many sonar maps and other images, plus some academic papers.

A Novel Approach to Surveying Sturgeon Using Side-Scan Sonar and Occupancy Modeling

“An EdgeTech 4125-P sidescan sonar was used with SonarWiz software to survey six coastal rivers in North Carolina and South Carolina, to determine site occupany rates for Atlantic sturgeon.”


Submitted by: Jared Flowers, North Carolina State University

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Underwater Surveys of Lake Champlain Vermont

“This 2004 paper describes a sonar mapping project, using both sub-bottom and sidescan sonar, to chart historical artifacts, bottom bathymetry, and underwater slumps. Klein 3000 digital sidecan sonar and an Edgetech 3100 system with SB-216 sub-bottom CHIRP profiler at 2-16khz were used. This CHIRP unit gets 80m penetration it clay!”


Submitted by: Middlebury College

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Estuarial mapping with SonarWiz 5 in Charleston, South Carolina

“Coastal shelf surfaces and sediments of coarse shelly sand, fine sand, and mud were explored using Klein and Edgetech sidescan and sub-bottom sonar, recorded and post-processed with SonarWiz 5.”


Submitted by: Dr. Scott Harris, College of Charleston

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Drift B, Lake Champlain – Prime Location for a Paleoclimate Study

“Ms. Weeks’ 2012 research report investigates the age of Drift B in Lake Champlain, and its importance in paleoclimate study of the Champlain Basin. Seismic reflection was collected using an Edgetech model SB216 swept frequency CHIRP sonar, and processed with SonarWiz.”


Submitted by: Flora Weeks, Department of Geology, Middlebury College, VT

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Analysis of the Four Brothers Slump, Lake Champlain – Identifying “At Risk” Locations

“This 2012 research paper investigates the composition and age of the Four Brothers Slump in Lake Champlain, as well as the possibility that a seismic event, circ. 2600-3800 BP, created the slump. Research was conducted using the Edgetech model SB216 swept frequency CHIRP, and the seismic profiles processed and key reflectors digitized using SonarWiz.”


Submitted by: Supriti Jaya Ghosh, Department of Geology, Middlebury College, VT

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Meridian Pipeline Survey – Massachusetts Bay, Boston, MA

“This open water survey collected sonar imagery over a 10 mile stretch of LNG pipelines in order to find any exposed areas of these pipelines. Chesapeake’s SonarWiz software was the enabling technology that was utilized to render the high-resolution sonar images acquired during the missions.”


Submitted by: Keith Mackenzie, UMass Dartmouth Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, MA

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Solving the Mystery Wreck with SonarWiz 5

Submitted by: Carter DuVal, University of Delaware

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Evaluation of Wind Energy Areas along the Mid-Atlantic Bight with SonarWiz 5

Submitted by: Trevor Metz, University of Delaware

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Two Ways to See a Shipwreck with SonarWiz 5

“A deep-water scan of San Francisco Bay with Klein 3000 sidescan sonar and a SeaSpy magnetometer reveals a shipwreck time forgot.”


Submitted by: Garry Kozak, GK Consulting

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SonarWiz 5 used in mapping shoreline seafloor in Misquamicut, Rhode Island

“Seafloor deposition boundaries invisible from the surface are revealed using Edgetech 272 sidescan sonar recorded using SonarWiz 5.”


Submitted by: Bryan A. Oakley and Jon C. Boothroyd, University of Rhode Island

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Near-shore depositional platform sand sheets profiled in Matunuck, Rhode Island

“Off-shore sites were surveyed with Edgetech 216 sidescan sonar to locate optional areas to deposit dredging materials, using SonarWiz 5.”


Submitted by: Bryan A. Oakley and Jon C. Boothroyd, University of Rhode Island

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Dramatic Images of an Unexpected Shipwreck Discovery

“High resolution Klein 5000 images of an unexpected discovery in Holland were collected, while on a routine sonar test run.”


Submitted by: Garry Kozak, Klein Associates

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A Tale of Two Fish: 2011 Scuppernong River Side Scan Survey Report

“Daniel Brown and Dr. Nathan Richards used SonarWiz Map to answer the question of how Columbia, Tyrrell County, and the Scuppernong River’s functioned as a microcosm of economic and cultural forces active in the maritime trade system of the eastern seaboard between the 18th and 20th centuries.”


Submitted by: Dr. Nathan Richards, East Carolina University

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Hard Times for Small Craft: An Archaeological Survey of the Wright’s Creek Abandoned Vessel Complex

“Dr. Nathan Richards and Jacqueline Marcotte conducted an archaeological study of vessel abandonment attempts to understand economic, social, and technological changes in small communities and provide a model for explaining the evolution of local maritime history and vernacular shipbuilding. They used SonarWiz Map for post processing and target reporting.”


Submitted by: Dr. Nathan Richards, East Carolina University”

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Copicut Reservoir Sidescan Sonar

“Underwater acoustic images of the shoreline and dam subsurface of the Copicut Reservoir were collected. Chesapeake’s SonarWiz5 software was the enabling technology that was utilized to generate high-resolution imagery of the bottom features of the reservoir. These detailed pictures provided a comprehensive idea of the integrity of the reservoir’s shoreline, as well the structural characteristics of the Copicut Reservoir Dam.”


Submitted by: Keith Mackenzie, UMass Dartmouth Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, MA

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Archaeological Survey of the Potomac River

“A thorough survey of the Potomac River, Virginia, USA, at the site of George Washington’s maritime landscape, searching for remnants of the sunken miniature ship Federalist.


Submitted by: Brendan Burke, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

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Revealing an Ancient Landscape

“Survey to identify where to accurately predict and groundtruth archaeological sites from some of our earliest North American ancestors.”


Submitted by: Brendan Burke, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

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Sounding a Creek

“Survey to monitor small tributaries around our nation’s oldest port for abandoned historic watercraft such as canoes, flat boats, and small sailing craft.”


Submitted by: Brendan Burke, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

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At The Crossroads:​ ​Maritime Systems in Transition and the Elizabeth City Ships’ Graveyard, North Carolina

“Dr. Nathan Richards and Lindsay S. Smith studied abandonment behavior patterns and site formation processes in an urban setting in order to illuminate historic trends in marine technological adaptation, the economic environment, as well as prevailing social behaviors that are not likely found elsewhere in North Carolina. They used SonarWiz Map for post processing and target reporting.”


Submitted by: Dr. Nathan Richards, East Carolina University

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Would You Like To Share Your Results?

If you have samples that you’d like to share, feel free to send them to us at info@chesapeaketech.com! Please be sure to include your contact information, any helpful background or description of the materials you submitted, and if we have permission to post your results to this page.

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