C & C Technologies Inc. is sponsoring a six-day Shallow Water Multibeam Sonar Surveying Training Course in Lafayette, Louisiana hosted by C & C, the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The course will be held from October 21, 2002 through October 26, 2002 in NOAA's new facility located at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) National Wetlands Research Center.

Instructors include, Dr. Larry Mayer, Director of the Coastal and Ocean Mapping Center at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. John E. Hughes Clarke, Chair of the Ocean Mapping Group at the University of New Brunswick, Dr. David Wells, Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Southern Mississippi, and Dr. Christian P. de Moustier, Professor of Ocean Engineering at the Coastal and Ocean Mapping Center at the University of New Hampshire.

The course is designed to provide a theoretical and practical background in marine swath survey technology and techniques. Although the emphasis is on "coastal surveying," the material presented includes, and is equally applicable to, swath bathymetric data collected in the outer continental shelf and deep-ocean. Course details are available on the Internet at www.omg.unb.ca/mbc.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of underwater acoustics and acoustic seabed mapping systems
  • Multibeam principles and multibeam calibration methods
  • Positioning and motion compensation for multibeam surveys
  • Multibeam survey planning
  • Data structures and multibeam data processing
  • Seabed acoustic backscatter and characterization
  • Visualization methods and quality control

The six-day course, which includes lunch and snacks each day, is being offered at the C & C sponsored rate of $2,250 per participant and space is limited. Evening fun will include an Ice-breaker Gumbo, ‘Cajun Dance 101’ served with Red Beans & Rice, a Barbecue at Acadian Village, and ‘Cajun Night Out’ at Lafayette’s Downtown Alive!

A block of rooms has been reserved for $61 per night at the Comfort Inn www.comfortinnlafayette.com. To register, please contact Bret Fruge by phone at: +337 261-0660 or by email at: bret.fruge@cctechnol.com.