Seafloor Mapping Challenges

Mapping professionals can ill afford mistakes when launching high-stakes ocean floor survey operations. The ability to analyze and process vast amounts of data in real time can dictate the success or failure of a major mission.

The SonarWiz Solution

SonarWiz’s easy setup allows users to maximize the time spent analyzing and interpreting data. The software’s ability to deliver sophisticated images in real time allows operators to make critical on-vessel adjustments. And SonarWiz’s post-processing capabilities allow users to analyze vast amounts of data from multiple sources within a single system.

Key Features

  • Quickly and easily configure sonar, sensors, and other hardware with the 3D Vessel Editor. Users can specify the type and positioning of all sensors in relation to a reference position.
  • Automatically calibrate sensor installation with the Patch Test Calibration utility. The utility corrects for roll, pitch, heading, position, and time offsets.
  • Create Whole-survey backscatter normalization for better looking mosaics.
  • Prepare to accept input from a wide range of sources including magnetometers, interferometers, sidescan sonars, sub-bottom profilers, and multibeam echo sounders.
  • Quantify the total vertical uncertainty (TVU) in your bathymetry survey using CUBE modeling and see it graphically presented. Also complies with NOAA requirements for IHO S-44 compliant surveys.

Sophisticated Real-Time Capabilities

  • Review and repair bathymetric navigation and attitude data. The Bathy Navigation and Attitude Editor allows users to accept or reject specific data collected in noisy environments.
  • Import, view, and edit tide and sound-velocity data. The Tide and Sound Velocity Editors allow for easy integration of complex data sets for Bathy computations.
  • Review and process potential anomalies in such categories as lasso/edit spikes and noise data based on visual choices. The 2D/3D Editor allows for recomputation with successive batches of unwanted data removed.
  • View, combine, and export co-located, sidescan, and bathy data.

Real-time Data Acquisition

Sonar Vendors Supported:

  • EdgeTech 2200, 2205, 2400, 4600, 6205
  • R2Sonic 2020, 2022, 2024
  • PingDSP 3DSS-DX/SX-450
  • Klein 5900

Post-Processing File Compatibility

SonarWiz is compatible with the following bathy file formats:


Extensive Post-Processing Capabilities

    • Integrate bathymetry with sidescan, sub-bottom, and magnetometer data sets for complete geophysical analysis.
    • Leverage AUV survey data including post-process navigation and attitude injection information.
    • Visualize and polish data with semi-automatic and manual tools in the 3D Area Editor.
    • Utilize efficient bathymetric editing tools.
    • Export data to more than a dozen GIS, CAD, and image formats; for example the CTI 3D Viewer allows for visualization of export results from XYZ (ASCII text), Surfer Grid (.grd), and Contours (.shp, .dxf, .kml).
    • Add gridded bathymetry. The new Bathy Gridder leverages a variety of interpolation methods to provide Bathy and sounding density grids. These grids appear in your project as a basemap or view in the CTI 3D viewer.
    • CUBE modeling allows you to quantify the total vertical uncertainty (TVU) in your bathymetry survey, and see it graphically presented also complying with NOAA requirements for IHO S-44 compliant surveys.
    • SYNC port/stbd settings, or track them independently.

View / Download SonarWiz Supported Interfaces and File Formats PDF


      • Navies
      • Merchant Marines
      • State and Local Environmental Authorities
      • Energy Exploration Firms
      • Educational Institutions
      • Maritime History and Research Organizations
      • Dredging Operators
      • Telecommunications Companies
      • Police Departments
      • Coast Guard


  • Archaeological surveys and expeditions
  • Cable and pipeline surveys
  • Buried object location
  • Geohazard surveys
  • Search and Recovery
  • Marine Construction
  • Coastal Restoration
  • Environmental research

Customers & Partners

We are excited and honored by the range and quality of organizations that are using our products. Government agencies, top-notch universities, the largest and best commercial survey companies, and most of the world’s navies are among those that are seeing higher-quality results from their sonar mapping projects because they’re using CTI products.

Learn What Our Customers Have Created Using CTI Software

CENTER FOR COASTALOur corporate partner CCOM is a University of New Hampshire program aimed at creating a national center for expertise in ocean mapping and hydrographic sciences.

Mosaic-hydro Mosaic Hydro is a hydrographic surveys training company that Chesapeake works with for SonarWiz training services.



CTI customers can learn the software and stay up-to-date on the latest SonarWiz developments through:

  • Free trials

  • Custom training sessions held at your location

  • Quarterly webinars

  • Additional seminars held in conjunction with major industry conferences



SonarWiz customers will always enjoy industry-leading support for the software version they have purchased. Annual EMA (Extended Maintenance Agreement) license renewals give customers additional access to:

  • New SonarWiz versions

  • Quarterly release notes

  • 24/7 technical support



SonarWiz is compatible with more than 50 data formats making it a great one-stop-shop for processing data whether you’re working with sidescan, sub-bottom, bathymetry or magnetometry data.


  • Leverage modern survey calibration tools.
  • Take advantage of full support for wide-swath systems including interferometers and dual-headed multibeams.
  • Use whole-survey backscatter normalization for better looking mosaics.
  • Export data to more than a dozen GIS, CAD and image formats.
  • Integrate bathymetry with sidescan, subbottom and magnetometer data sets for complete geophysical analysis.
  • Download Bathymetry Datasheet

    About US

    Chesapeake Technology has been offering sonar mapping software and thought-leading consulting services to the marine geophysical and geological survey industry for over 20 years. The latest version of our primary software offering, SonarWiz, provides leading-edge sonar data acquisition and processing software for sidescan, sub-bottom, swath bathymetry, and magnetometer systems. It is being used by hundreds of clients worldwide including most of the world’s navies, NOAA, USGS, Fugro, Oceaneering, and leading academic institutions.

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