SonarWiz Features & Benefits

The industry’s leading seafloor mapping software allows surveyors to:

  • Detect small targets via improved across track resolution.
  • Identify differences between old and new surveys through the SonarWiz transparency, swipe, or line shift tools.
  • Preserve the full fidelity of sonar data across multiple formats. For example SonarWiz allows for recording in industry standard XTF or vendor-specific formats such as Edgetech JSF or Kongsberg-GeoAcoustics GCF.
  • Simplify mission execution through the use of a single, easy-to-learn mapping solution.
  • Create superior contact reports thanks to improved editing features. Easily export data to a variety of formats including PDF, OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, and HTML.
  • Optimize time on the water through the use of sophisticated planning tools.
  • Reduce costs by leveraging real-time data acquisition to confirm quality and coverage prior to leaving coverage area.
  • Generate state of the art mosaics, contact, and waterfall imagery with high resolution 64-bit displays.


      • 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

Marine Survey Needs

Marine professionals conducting sophisticated sea floor mapping surveys require software that allows them to maximize results from their valuable time on water. Fortunately, there is a solution. SonarWiz provides the world’s most comprehensive system for sea floor data acquisition, post-processing, and reporting.

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.

SonarWiz Feature Details

Survey Planning

  • Load background maps and charts from a range of formats including DNC, RNC, S57, and GeoTIFF.
  • Generate planned survey maps and estimate survey timing.
  • or conventional patterns.


  • Preview files with the SNIFF feature.
  • Add and fix navigation data with NavInjectorPro.
  • Leverage advanced signal processing and gain control; take advantage of features such as beam angle correction, de-striping, non-linear per channel TVG, AGC, Band Pass Filtering and Stacking, Contact (target) capture, annotation, and summary reporting via 3D Viewer.
  • Employ flexible layback configurations.

  • Easily printable output.
  • Grid/contour isopach-type shapefile / grid generation from selected variables (e.g. altitude + depth).

Hardware Compatibility

SonarWiz is compatible with the following Sonar Hardware:

  • C-Max, Kongsberg-GeoAcoustics, EdgeTech, Imagenex, Innomar, Knudson, L-3 Communications Klein Associates, Marine Sonic, PingDSP, R2Sonic, SyQwest, Teledyne Benthos, Teledyne Gavia, Teledyne Hugin, and Teledyne Odom.

Real-Time Data Acquisition

  • Leverage the SonarWiz Layout Manager to position windows and menus for maximum efficiency; save frequently used layouts.
  • Control viewing of incoming statistics with System Info Display; edit and save display configurations.
  • Connect sensors and monitor positioning quality with GPS Quality parameter indicators.
  • Use right and left survey line indicators to facilitate helmsman operations.
  • Acquire sonar, navigation sensor, depth sensor, payout meter and magnetometer data simultaneously.
  • Configure the comprehensive real time signal processing and gain controls including Auto Gain, Auto TVG, Manual Linear Gain and Manual TV. Gains only affect visual information, not raw data.
  • Control mosaic creation in real time with Mosaic Mode; feature helps manage large surveys by displaying only data that’s been specifically requested.
  • Track towfish height above seafloor automatically with Real Time Bottom Tracker.
  • Capture contacts and digitize features in real time or post processing.
  • Preserve the full fidelity of sonar data across multiple formats. For example SonarWiz allows for recording in industry standard XTF or vendor-specific formats such as Edgetech JSF or GeoAcostics GCF.
View / Download SonarWiz Supported Interfaces and File Formats PDF



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. EMA 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.

Sidescan Sonar

  • Produce high fidelity sonar mosaics with any map projection.
  • Work with High Resolution Data Compatibility for crisp mosaics, contact zooms and waterfall displays.
  • Classify Sediment (Seabed).
  • Take advantage of compatibility with Independent Dual-Channel ROVs.
  • Leverage Dual Channel Bottom Tracker with manual and automatic modes.
  • Identify and classify targets and generate target reports.
  • Download SonarWiz Sidescan 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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