Acronym ISACS
Name Integrated System for Analysis and Characterization of the Seafloor
Funding Reference EU-FP4-MAST III - CEC DG XII, MAS3-CT95-0046
Dates 1996|1999

The objective of the ISACS project is to prove the feasibility of the analysis and characterization of the seafloor by exploiting and integrating data gathered from commercially available sonar equipment. This has applications in geotechnical engineering, the offshore industry, archaeological research, as well as environmental research and monitoring.

The four main areas in terms of quantitative characterization are: (1) the layering of the upper seafloor strata, including location, dipping and roughness parameters, (2) quantitative (compressional wave velocity and attenuation, density) and qualitative (sand- silt-gravel) of the different layers, (3) localization and identification of buried and partially buried objects (pipelines, cables, toxic waste etc) and (4) 3D volumetric imaging of the upper strata.

The work at SIPLAB-Faro concentrates on the 3D interpolation and segmentation of bottom-penetrating sonar data plus volumetric and surface (triangulated segmentation) rendering.

Research Groups Signal and Image Processing Group (SIPG)
Project Partners Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, Fugro Consultants International, The Netherlands, SACLANT Undersea Research Centre, Italy, National Defense Research Establishment, Sweden, Royal Institute of technology, Sweden, University of Genova, Italy, Kongsberg Simrad, Norway
ISR/IST Responsible
Hans Du Buf
Robert Loke