Sonar Boat

Bathymetric Surveys

The Greenhatch Hydro Division is the newest division of the Greenhatch Group. From rivers to lakes to canals, from parkland to quarries to the built environment we have a wealth of experience. Investment in state of the art equipment guarantees project requirements no matter how big or small can be serviced.

The Greenhatch Sonar Boat allows us to collect large amounts of high quality data whilst avoiding many of the logistical issues faced when using traditional survey methods and decreases many of the associated health and safety risks.

With decades of experience of producing sections we are able to provide high quality sections that conform to EA specifications. These can include structures and can be output in a variety of formats for use with a number of different software packages such as ISIS.

We are able to produce, in a variety of formats for compatibility with numerous software packages:

  • River and lake sections

  • Bathymetric surveys

  • 3D modelling 

Watercourse cross-sections, commonly referred to as just sections are segments of a body of water take in the vertical plane rather than in the horizontal plane.

They are used as a proxy by construction and flood risk companies to provide invaluable information on watercourse capacity and when modeled with factors such as flow rate can be used to highlight areas that may become susceptible to flooding.

Use of the sonar boat

Many water courses have depths that make it impractical/unsafe to survey them on foot. Normally this would mean that an expensive manned boat would have to be launched in order to collect the survey data. However, Greenhatch's bespoke remote-controlled sonar boat allows us to collect more data, faster, with less health and safety risk and often at reduced cost (when compared to conventional surveying methods).

With a wealth of experience, Greenhatch Hydro have previously surveyed a range of different sites from long stretches of high capacity rivers to lakes in active working quarries.

Using our remote controlled sonar boat we are able to collect tens of thousand of points resulting in unrivalled data. 

Case Study

The images on the left come show models of a quarry lake in Denham, UK in which over 14,000 data points were collected across a week to give a 10m x 10m grid across a 1.4km grid.

The benefits of using the remote sonar boat as opposed to traditional methods are as follows:

Data quantity - over 14,000 points taken during the survey.

Data quality - using the echo sounder is far more accurate than the traditional method of poles off a boat.

Speed of survey - a survey that would normally take weeks or even months was completed in just under a week on site and processed in just a few days.

Cost - another benefit of the survey taking less time than conventional methods.

Healthy and Safety - As the boat is remote controlled we don't have to spend much time in contact or near the water but in this case it meant that we were able to  get much closer to working machinery without it presenting any sort of risk to health and safety.

The result: A better quality survey without compromising on cost!

Greenhatch's remote control boat is equipped with an OHMEX Sonamite Transducer. Whilst its position is logged by a theodolite on the shore, the sonamite records depths and the two data sets are then synced. As the sonamite can take up to 1 depth reading a second, it is possible to create highly detailed data sets which are far superior to those collected using traditional methods and this can often be achieved in less time. 

An equally important feature of the boat is safety. As it is remotely controlled, this negates most of the health and safety risks associated with working with water.

Speak To Our Bathymetric Survey Experts, Scott or Neil on+44 (0)1332 830044


Blending traditional and modern surveying techniques


River and lake sections

Bathymetric surveys

3D modelling





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