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Mediterranean project for the DTS-500

4th August, 2016 | 2 minute read
By Gavin Willoughby, Business Development Manager

With a long career in technical sales, marketing and management, Gavin joined applied acoustics as sales manager in 2004. Committed to delivering the best possible customer service, he has overseen the company’s international growth alongside Adam, culminating in two Queen’s Awards for exporting achievement.

The Applied Acoustics deep-tow sparker, the DTS-500, has recently been deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the continental slope of Majorca, working on a project with SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting body. Assisted by SOCIB’s Oceanographic Instrumentation Technician, Carlos Castilla Álvarez, the DTS-500 was deployed in deep water, up to 500m, at a distance up to 1km from the SOCIB research vessel.

“We achieved greater than 60m penetration and with increased data resolution, up to 15cms, the sub-bottom profiling results were excellent across the full-working depth range of the DTS-500, “stated Project Leader, Neil MacDonald.

“We also deployed multiple positioning beacons, the new Applied Acoustics’ new 1100 Series, on both the tow-cable and towfish and used the recently launched Nexus 2 USBL positioning system with similar excellent results ” he added.

Designed for high and ultra-high resolution geophysical surveys the DTS-500 operates from a single industry standard coaxial tow cable up to 2000m in length, has long-life durable electrodes and integral hydrophone receiver.

The complete system consists of a rack mount surface console, cable and robust towfish. It easily interfaces with standard data-loggers and benefits from all the full safety interlocks expected from the company that has been at the forefront of this technology for more than 20 years.

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