Tag Archives: Hydrographic Surveying

2014 Hypack Conference

The Mapping Network attended the annual Hypack Conference in Mobile, Alabama.  The 3 Day event featured professional hydrographic surveyors from around the world sharing their expertise on data collection, processing and final map production.  The Mapping Network team was able to learn about the latest trends in bathymetry, sediment mapping and dredging projects.  Knowledge gained will be passed on to our lake mapping partner network and customers.

Hypack

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The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

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Bathymetry and Watershed Map

The Mapping Network just completed a lake survey for a property owner association.  The lake has experienced significant sediment in the coves and main river inlet over the years.  The Mapping Network sampled the sediment structure and mapped the sludge thickness to help the client in the dredging bid process.  Part of the report included understanding sources of sediment and how activity within the watershed will ultimately affect the lake.   Below is a map showing the lake map (in blue) and it’s 2,017 acre watershed.
Watershed and lake map

A map showing the extent of the watershed for this client’s lake.  Understanding the watershed is critical for addressing issues in the lake itself.

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The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Bathymetric Studies: The Tools You Need to Help Budget for Lake and Pond Dredging

(Source: Solitude Lake Management Newsletter.  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com/)

Did you know that a lake or pond, left to nature, has a distinct lifespan? Sediment in stormwater runoff, grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris that find their way into the lake or pond add nutrients and accumulate on the bottom. This accumulation of nutrient rich sediment will gradually reduce the depth and volume of the pond while also feeding harmful algae growth. As owners and managers of ponds, we play an active role in maintaining the “healthy lifestyle” of a pond through the management program we choose and implement.

A properly maintained lake or pond often has aeration, healthy riparian buffers and well established populations of beneficial aerobic bacteria. This integrated approach to lake and pond management helps prolong the life of your waterbody, making it healthy and enjoyable for you and the aquatic life which inhabit it. But, even well maintained lakes and ponds, over time, will have to face some amount of dredging, which will likely be one of the most costly projects that a community or pond owner will undergo during the life of their lake or pond.

Proper planning for a dredging project could mean cost savings. SOLitude Lake Management recommends that you have a bathymetric and sedimentation study performed every three to five years (in conjunction with the community reserve study) to make certain that the bottom of your pond isn’t changing more rapidly than you are anticipating. Having the study performed on a regular basis will help to establish patterns and will assist in determining the size, magnitude, necessary budget, and timing for future dredging projects.

Sediment map of the entire lake.

Sediment map of the entire lake.

Above and beyond dredging, bathymetry and sedimentation mapping can be used for many other purposes. Bathymetry will provide much needed pond information such as precise surface acreage and depths. This knowledge can provide a new world for pond owners and managers. It can help you properly place aeration or structural fish cover within the pond, provide accurate information for fish stocking and can even give fishermen an idea of where the fish are hiding, should the lake or pond be used for fishing.

Lake contours, 3D shaded depth and sediment thickness.

Lake contours, 3D shaded depth and sediment thickness.

SOLitude offers high-quality, state-of-the-art lake maps. Our highly skilled professionals use precise instruments to gather the data necessary to create a variety of images in various formats. We highly recommend that you consider all aspects necessary to plan for the long term management and health of your lake or pond, and take a very close look at what is going on below the surface…it might surprise you!

Contact SOLitude Lake Management to speak with an expert biologist, ecologist or scientist for all of your lake, pond and fisheries management needs. 888-480-LAKE (5253) or info@solitudelake.com. Services available in VA, NC, SC, MD, PA, DE, WV, NJ & NJ. Aquatic products and consultation are available nationwide.

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The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Property Owner Association Uses Hydrographic & Sediment Surveys to Create Strategic Sediment Removal Plan

The Mapping Network Hydrographic Survey Team exceeds expectations for Property Owner Association.

Sediment problems are inevitable in all lakes and at some point removal is required.  Lake dredging and/or excavation can be an expensive process and requires accurate planning to be as cost-efficient as possible.   A lake Property Owners Association (POA) had been dealing directly with the challenges associated with sedimentation in their lake.  The POA decided they needed to quantify the sediment problem to create a sustainable sediment management plan.  The president of the board spearheaded an effort to get a hydrographic and sediment survey completed.  The president contacted several hydrographic survey companies and chose The Mapping Network to provide this service based on experience in the industry and listening to the needs of the POA.

Lake Survey Purpose:  The primary objective of the hydrographic and sediment survey was to better understand the condition of the lake by charting the existing lake contours along with mapping the sediment thickness throughout the lake.  Once the mapping process was completed the POA was able to identify areas that needed dredging and how much material was there.  This allows for much better budgeting and accountability.

Results:  The POA was excited to have information based on real numbers (lake and sediment survey).  The hydrographic survey results are an essential part of the decision making process with regards to the sediment removal planning.  Now they have real information, which gives them a clear picture of what to do in the future.

Action Plan:   The POA has hired a professional dredging contractor to clean out specified problem areas identified during the hydrographic survey process.  The POA will be using the hydrographic survey information as a baseline for all future work and will adjust the map as dredging wraps up.  In the end the primary problem facing the POA was not simply the sediment in the lake but rather not knowing the facts about the lake to make the best decisions.  The POA now has the facts needed to create a comprehensive plan that will accurately represent the work being completed.  Plus members have a wonderful contour map to assist with fishing!

The Mapping Network surveyed the bottom of the lake including the sediment depths. This map shows the lake water depth as blue contours lines as well as a color shaded sediment thickness. This specialized technology allows the POA to easily locate problem areas.

The Mapping Network surveyed the bottom of the lake including the sediment depths. This map shows the lake water depth as blue contours lines as well as a color shaded sediment thickness. This specialized technology allows the POA to easily locate problem areas.

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Hydrographic Surveys, Bathymetry, Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

The Mapping Network is proud to announce their firm has been chosen by Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter, as a Landowner Services provider for Cabela’s Trophy Properties throughout the United States.  Visit us on the Cabela’s Trophy Properties website >> click here

The Mapping Network:  www.TheMappingNetwork.com

A Nationwide Network of GPS Mapping Professionals

Property Owner Association Uses Hydrographic & Sediment Surveys to Create Strategic Sediment Removal Plan

The Mapping Network Hydrographic Survey Team exceeds expectations for Property Owner Association.

Sediment problems are inevitable in all lakes and at some point removal is required.  Lake dredging and/or excavation can be an expensive process and requires accurate planning to be as cost-efficient as possible.   A lake Property Owners Association (POA) had been dealing directly with the challenges associated with sedimentation in their lake.  The POA decided they needed to quantify the sediment problem to create a sustainable sediment management plan.  The president of the board spearheaded an effort to get a hydrographic and sediment survey completed.  The president contacted several hydrographic survey companies and chose The Mapping Network to provide this service based on experience in the industry and listening to the needs of the POA.

Lake Survey Purpose:  The primary objective of the hydrographic and sediment survey was to better understand the condition of the lake by charting the existing lake contours along with mapping the sediment thickness throughout the lake.  Once the mapping process was completed the POA was able to identify areas that needed dredging and how much material was there.  This allows for much better budgeting and accountability.

Results:  The POA was excited to have information based on real numbers (lake and sediment survey).  The hydrographic survey results are an essential part of the decision making process with regards to the sediment removal planning.  Now they have real information, which gives them a clear picture of what to do in the future.

Action Plan:   The POA has hired a professional dredging contractor to clean out specified problem areas identified during the hydrographic survey process.  The POA will be using the hydrographic survey information as a baseline for all future work and will adjust the map as dredging wraps up.  In the end the primary problem facing the POA was not simply the sediment in the lake but rather not knowing the facts about the lake to make the best decisions.  The POA now has the facts needed to create a comprehensive plan that will accurately represent the work being completed.  Plus members have a wonderful contour map to assist with fishing!

The Mapping Network surveyed the bottom of the lake including the sediment depths. This map shows the lake water depth as blue contours lines as well as a color shaded sediment thickness. This specialized technology allows the POA to easily locate problem areas.

The Mapping Network surveyed the bottom of the lake including the sediment depths. This map shows the lake water depth as blue contours lines as well as a color shaded sediment thickness. This specialized technology allows the POA to easily locate problem areas.

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Hydrographic Surveys, Bathymetry, Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

The Mapping Network is proud to announce their firm has been chosen by Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter, as a Landowner Services provider for Cabela’s Trophy Properties throughout the United States.  Visit us on the Cabela’s Trophy Properties website >> click here

The Mapping Network:  www.TheMappingNetwork.com

A Nationwide Network of GPS Mapping Professionals

The Mapping Network Adds Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) and Analysis

Technology allows for invasive vegetation monitoring, ecological evaluation and eradication status

FOR PRESS RELEASE CLICK HERE >> Aquatic Vegetation Survey

FOR DETAILED EXAMPLES CLICK HERE >> Hydrographic, Sediment Survey & Vegetation Mapping Information (opens as a pdf in your browser)

The Mapping Network is proud to announce the addition of an automated submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) mapping and analysis.  Utilizing software developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC-EL), The Mapping Network, and it’s nationwide network of lake management professionals, have the ability to process the distinct signature of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) within the recorded signal to determine depth, plant height, and coverage.

“The Mapping Network is excited to offer this unique service to clients throughout the country.  We really enjoy helping people make the most of their aquatic resources.” stated Steve Bartosh, President of The Mapping Network. With nationwide coverage, The Mapping Network can fulfill the demand for invasive vegetation monitoring, ecological evaluation and eradication status.

Visit our website for more Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Mapping examples >> CLICK MORE MORE INFO

Vegetation survey
showing a side profile view,
vegetation height scatter plot,
and transect line overview.

About The Mapping Network

The Mapping Network is based in Omaha, Nebraska is an industry leader in hydro-graphic surveys, bathymetry, sub-bottom profile surveys on lake and river systems, sediment mapping, submerged aquatic vegetation mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consulting, and GPS data collection.  This nationwide network of lake professionals  specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping by accurately mapping bodies of water, calculating the water volume, collecting sediment depth samples at critical areas and monitoring the distribution of sediment over time.  The Mapping Network is comprised of a wide group of professionals specializing in all facets of lake management.   Give The Mapping Network a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

Since 1999, the staff at The Mapping Network began linking hydro-acoustic depth measuring equipment with Differential and RTK GPS receivers to create accurate and up to date bathymetry maps. Over the ensuing years, this technology has improved and our company has remained on the cutting edge of utilizing these systems to produce very accurate and cost effective bathymetry and sediment surveys.The Mapping Network works directly with government organizations, lake associations, engineers, developers and dredging companies. Our company and personnel have been leaders in the development of tools and technology for hydrographic survey systems for over a decade.

Contact:

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

CLICK HERE >> Hydrographic and Sediment Survey Information (opens as a pdf in your browser)

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

The Mapping Network is proud to announce their firm has been chosen by Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter, as a Landowner Services provider for Cabela’s Trophy Properties throughout the United States.  Visit us on the Cabela’s Trophy Properties website >> click here

The Mapping Network:  www.TheMappingNetwork.com

A Nationwide Network of GPS Mapping Professionals

  • Hydrographic Surveying
  • Sediment Surveying
  • Sub-Bottom Profiling
  • Side Scanning Sonar Data Collection
  • Lake Bottom Hardness Analysis
  • Capacity Curve Analysis
  • Sediment Quantity Analysis
  • Invasive Vegetation Mapping
  • Land Mapping
  • Bio-Volume Vegetation Mapping
  • SonarWiz, Hypack and Dredgepack Data
  • Profile (Thalweg) Survey
  • GIS Processing and Analysis
  • USACOE and IHO Compliant

Hydrographic Survey and Sub-Bottom Sediment Mapping as Part of Water Management Plan

Widespread Drought Highlights Several Needs for Accurate Lake Maps

As a widespread drought continues on throughout much of the country we are receiving calls from homeowners, engineers and government agencies concerned about water levels in their lakes.  Whether it be for recreation, sediment build-up or monitoring sources of drinking water, the importance of having and accurate lake map has never been higher.  One agency told us they needed to have an idea as to what the lake surface area is and how the lakes elevation compares to lake volume.   They needed to complete a lake survey to make sure adequate water was available, so the pumps don’t run dry.  Another common challenge deals with the impacts of sedimentation in lakes.  A sediment survey can point out patterns and masses of build-up that can allow for a more focused dredge rather than a full-scale project.

Dredging is one of the most costly projects that a community or pond owner will incur during the life of a pond. Proper planning for a dredging project could mean cost savings. The Mapping Network understands the challenges and costs associated with locating and removing sediment. We specialize in accurately mapping bodies of water, calculating the water volume, collecting sediment depth samples at critical areas and monitoring the distribution of sediment over time.

Common questions from our clients:

  • Where is the highest sedimentation occurring?
  • How much sediment (in cubic yards) is in each cove?
  • If the lake is drawn down 5 ft, what would the shoreline look like?
  • How much water (gallons and acre-ft) is in the lake?
  • If we make each cove a minimum of 4 feet deep for boat access how much material do we need to remove?
  • By undertaking this mapping process will it save us money in the end?

Each of these questions can be answered by mapping the lake using The Mapping Network’s system. We are able to locate the problems areas and calculate the volume (in cubic yards) of material to be removed. The lake mapping data allows us to show the new shoreline if a lake is drawn down 1 ft, 5 ft, 10 ft, etc. Also, calculating water volume at various lake levels can be done.  One of the best aspects of the mapping process is it allows the owner and contractor to be on the same page. Successful planning and execution of the dredging project can ensue. We have seen clients save tremendous amounts of money by using The Mapping Network to survey their lake before undertaking the dredging process.

Below are a set of maps for a drinking water reservoir.  Originally built in the 1930’s, this lake has filled in substantially over time.  Now less than half the original lake capacity remains.  With a sustained drought there is a fear the lake will not be able to produce enough water for the city.  Engineers and the local government used The Mapping Network to survey the current lake depths along with charting the original lake bottom.  The final maps revealed a substantial sediment problem throughout the entire lake.  Plans are underway to remove sediment and regain much of the carrying capacity of the lake.

Current and Original Lake Depth

The top map shows the current lake depths. The bottom map was produced using a hydroacoustic sub-bottom profiling system along with manual sediment probes. Engineers and lake management professional around the country have benefited from this specialized technology offered by The Mapping Network.

Sediment Survey for Dredging

Map showing the amount of sediment throughout the lake (top image). The capacity of this lake has been greatly reduced due to over 70 years of sedimentation. The bottom image shows a grid pattern with the amount of sediment measured in feet. Engineers will use this data to create a dredging plan.

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Hydrographic Surveys, Bathymetry, Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

The Mapping Network is proud to announce their firm has been chosen by Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter, as a Landowner Services provider for Cabela’s Trophy Properties throughout the United States.  Visit us on the Cabela’s Trophy Properties website >> click here

The Mapping Network:  www.TheMappingNetwork.com

A Nationwide Network of GPS Mapping Professionals