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jimh posted 03-08-2008 09:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
MB-System is an open source unix software package for visualizing and manipulating multi-beam sonar data. It can work with SONAR files from a number of different manufacturers of professional bathymetric and side scan devices. I don't know of any recreational SONAR units that it works with.

While the MB-System package may not be immediately useful to anyone without a professional SONAR array to collect data, the developers have provided some interesting background information on SONAR operation. I found their "MB-System Cookbook" section to be interesting reading:

MB-System Cookbook
http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/res/pi/MB-System/mb-cookbook/index. html#d0e289

For those interested in the MB-System open source unix distribution, see

MB System
Mapping the Seafloor:
Software for the Processing and Display
of Swath Sonar Data

http://www.mbari.org/data/mbsystem/html/

The developers have reported that the MB-System distribution has been successfully compiled and installed on MacOS-X computers.

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