Side scan sonar systems manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host a three-day side scan sonar training course at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H., with practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.
Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2.
The course, to be held June 20-22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is geared toward hydrographers, first responders, police and firefighters, marine construction surveyors, UXO SAR and salvage operators, geologist and habitat mapping specialists.
Training topics include:
Principles of underwater acoustics (Sonar Record Analysis, Targets & Shadows, reflectivity of underwater materials, detailed target and shadow analysis, targets in the Water Column Under the Towfish) Noise and Interference (Surface Return, Acoustic Noise, Electronic Noise, Refraction and Biological Noise) Anomalies (Second Sweep Returns, Cross Talk, Multi-Path, Ringing, Hyperbolas and Flaring) General Sonar Imagery (Shipwrecks, Hazardous Drums, Aircrafts, Automobiles, Fishing Gear, Marine Structures, Debris Fields) Navigation (Layback and Target Positioning, Search Patterns, Range/Overlap, Shallow Water Opera-tions, Small Target Search, Crime Scene/Accident Mapping, Artificial Reef Surveys, Drowning Victims, Operating Sonar & MAG Simultaneously, Deep Tows)
Guest instructor Vincent Capone, M.Sc. is a side scan sonar specialist and a regular instructor at the U.S. Navy Mine Warfare Center. He has trained US EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, numerous law enforcement agencies, first responders and numerous military organizations. Capone has worked with the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage on aircraft search and recovery OPS including the space shuttle Columbia. He planned the search for and was the operations manager for the successful recovery of Apollo 11 rocket motors from the deep ocean. Capone is a noted authority on underwater exploration as well as an ROV pilot and diver. He owns Black Laser Learning which focuses on training in marine technology and software.
Training costs are $800 per student or $700 for law enforcement and military, and include training materials, training certificate and lunch each day.