How Does the Side Scan Tow the Mag?
The Side Scan operates as usual, towed by the manufacturer’s standard cable. A connector is added to the side scan towfish for an electrical connection between the mag and side scan. Our integration cable mates to that connector on one end, and the mag on the other. This allows for the entire system to be towed by the side scan cable and for the mag to be connected to the side scan with the integration cable.
Are There Any Modifications to the Mag?
No. All of the electronics, and the mechanical connection are on the integration cable. The mag is not modified.
What Does the Integration Cable Consist of?
A lightweight 10m tow cable terminated with a stainless steel housing rated to 3000m. The housing provides an electrical and mechanical tow point for connection between the side scan towfish and the mag.
Why a 10m Cable?During our sea trials, we found that the 10m separation prevented the mag from smashing up against the survey vessel when the side scan was being retrieved. To meet your requirements, shorter or longer cable lengths are available, upon request.
Integrates withSide Scan Integration cables are available for SeaSPY2, Explorer, SeaQuest, SeaSPY2 Gradiometers.
How Do I Connect the Two Products?
Electrical Tow PointThe electronics provide power conditioning and everything required to interface with the side scan. The electronics continuously limit the output power, ensuring that no damage will occur to the mag/grad or side scan if the contacts in the integration cable are inadvertently shorted.
Mechanical Tow PointThe interface tow point connects to an extension bar fastened to the side scan. The side scan tow cable connects to the top of the bar, and our interface clips directly to the bar with a clevis pin (provided), through a universal link that allows swivel action in two dimensions, while preventing the towfish from rotating.
How Does the Data Get to Me?
Digital OutputThe digital data output from our products is sent to a data input port on the side scan unit. The side scan’s telemetry is used to relay the magnetometer data to the surface, where it’s then decoded from the side scan data stream and can be viewed using BOB, our data acquisition software on your PC.
Call UsTo discuss whether the Side Scan integration is the perfect fit for your application, or to discuss additional integrations, please contact Gina Lopez: firstname.lastname@example.org +1 (619) 655-0179
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