Underwater Sonar Imaging and Modeling in Extreme Environments
Collins Speaker Series
Underwater acoustic imaging technology has improved in recent years and is a great solution to capture images of underwater structures in situations not providing safe access to dive teams. This presentation details the history of why and how underwater inspections have traditionally been conducted, as well as recent initiatives that have lead to increased use of sonar technologies. Three unique and exceptionally difficult underwater inspection case studies will be discussed where acoustic imaging was particularly valuable to the project. Additionally, current ongoing initiatives for promoting and advancing these technologies within the underwater inspection industry will be discussed.
Roy Forsyth is a licensed professional engineer with over 20 years of experience involving the inspection, design, and construction of marine and transportation structures. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in structural and geotechnical engineering and his work specializes in emergency response inspections and in-service inspection of marine structures with difficult access conditions. He is an Association of Dive Contractors International (ADCI) commercially certified surface supplied air diving supervisor and National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Certified Hydrographer. Roy currently leads the underwater inspection department at Collins’ Milwaukee, WI Office.