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Z-Boat for Water Survey Applications

Fast and safe survey of Stormwater Management Ponds and Irrigation Channels

Stormwater ponds are found throughout urban landscapes in cities across Australia. These artificially constructed ponds serve a vital function in urban water infrastructure. Over time, these ponds slowly accumulate sediment and lose functionality, increasing flood risk and decreasing pollution protection from downstream ecosystems.

Regular bathymetric surveys are critical to assess infrastructure health, but data collection is highly manual, slow and costly. Conventional shallow water bathymetric surveys are typically conducted by a two-person crew in a small boat or by walking into the pond in chest-waders with a probe.

The Oceanscience Z-Boat is a robotic survey vessel that enables water resource professionals to quickly, accurately, and safely collect and analyse shallow inland bathymetry data. Survey technicians are able to stay safe and dry on shore while the Z-Boat travels through a water body collecting geo-referenced depth information from an onboard shallow water single beam survey system.

Instead of mobilising a manned boat or putting people on the water in a hazardous location survey, simply launch the Z-Boat and start surveying immediately. The Z-Boat echosounder and GPS are integrated with a radio modem data transmission system allowing the operator to view the boat track in real time on the shore laptop. Not only can soundings be reviewed as the data is collected, but survey lines can be easily followed with help from the laptop display.

The Z-Boat’s portable design makes it quick and easy to transport from pond to pond by a single technician that also helps speed up the survey process and lower costs.

Z-Boat - Remote Hydrographic Survey Boat
  • Shallow water single beam survey system 
  • Ideal for hazardous survey locations 
  • Easy to mobilise and operate 
  • Survey at over 1000m range 
  • Standard or High Speed (10kts) propulsion options