Accession Number : ADD018242

Title :   Sediment Classification System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 14 Apr 94, patented 24 Sep 96,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Carnaggio, Frank S ; Lambert, Douglas N ; Young, David C

Report Date : 24 Sep 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : A computer driven system which receives time-binned echo strength data, and which, for each series of echo strengths received, stores the echo strength data in computer memory, and automatically associates with that data the latitude, longitude and time at which the data were generated. From these data, the algorithm classifies the sediments, which produced the echo strengths, determining such parameters as sediment acoustic impedance, porosity, attenuation, grain size, density, acoustic velocity, and shear strength. System software can produce additional result files in which these properties are associated with corresponding echo strength data. Both the raw and reduced data are displayable in human readable form, preferably on a computer monitor, for operator review. System software can also generate navigation plots which trace on a map, preferably on computer monitor, points at which data are taken, and the bottom sediment at those points. System software, in conjunction with standard computer graphics packages, can display the data in all these files, both after the fact and in near real time for operator review.

Descriptors :   *DATA BASES, *SEDIMENTS, *PATENTS, ALGORITHMS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, DATA MANAGEMENT, GEOACOUSTICS, DATA REDUCTION, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, DATA DISPLAYS, COMPUTER FILES, SONAR ECHOES, ACOUSTIC VELOCITY, SOIL CLASSIFICATION, ACOUSTIC DATA, ACOUSTIC IMPEDANCE, SHEAR STRENGTH

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Acoustic Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE