Accession Number : ADA328594

Title :   Development and Verification of an Intrusive Hydrographic Survey System for Fluid Mud Channels.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Alexander, Michael P. ; Teeter, Allen M. ; Banks, Glynn E.

PDF Url : ADA328594

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : This report describes the development and field verification of a new hydrographic surveying system for fluid mud channels. A rapid, precise, and accurate survey system for fluid mud channels was required under this work effort. At the onset of the work, European experience was studied. Although the system was not designed to operate like the fluid mud evaluation systems used in Europe, application of an intrusive gauge was considered to be the only reliable depth evaluation approach. The new fluid mud surveying system includes a towable sled that provides prima facie evidence of any material resistance encountered while returning a firm bottom level. The sled system has been field tested in three fluid mud channels along the Gulf of Mexico that have a history of fluid mud channel problems. The system goals of developing a rapid and accurate fluid mud channel depth surveying system were met by the sled.

Descriptors :   *HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYING, *MUD, FLUIDS, CHANNELS, MEXICO GULF, SLEDS.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE