Sea Discovery

OIC Delivers Hull Scanning Software

In early-August, Oceanic Imaging Consultants Inc. (OIC) finalized development of its latest software product, HullScan.
Based on input from harbor security professionals, OIC sought to develop a hull scanning software solution that provides advanced threat detection capabilities while minimizing vessel traffic disruptions. The result is HullScan, a software platform that bundles robust and state of the art capabilities in an easy-to-use interface. Hull scanning stations can be built directly in existing transit corridors to passively scan all incoming or outgoing vessel traffic.
The software has been designed to control and synthesize real-time data from two R2Sonic 2024 multibeam echosounders that are inverted (pointing upward) and mounted on the bottom of a channel. With the sonar heads pinging, vessels that travel over and between the two sonar heads are scanned, thus producing a 3D model of the vessel’s hull. System features unique to the R2Sonic MBES, such as rotatable and adjustable-width sectors, made it an ideal system for this application. HullScan interfaces with and controls the two R2Sonic heads, while simultaneously receiving inputs from sound velocimeters, motion sensors and a vessel speed sensor.
In addition to the data acquisition module, HullScan also comes with a 3D Editor that allows users to clean up the data, take measurements of hull and “feature” dimensions, analyze anomalies, and output a 3D model of the hull.
After successful testing and demonstration of the complete system, the software was delivered to the client. The system was tested on a variety of vessels, and was able to successfully detect half-meter square objects fixed to the ships’ hulls.

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