Nortek DVL500 Compact 6000m side2
Nortek DVL500 Compact 6000m front
Nortek DVL500 Compact 6000m side
Nortek DVL500 Compact 6000m side2
Nortek DVL500 Compact 6000m front
Nortek DVL500 Compact 6000m side



6000 m

Tracking du fond de 0.3 à 175 m. Opérationnel jusqu'à 4000 m


The DVL500-Compact combines the compact design of the standard DVL1000 with the superior bottom-track range of the DVL500. It can fly higher in the water column and closer to the seabed than similar equipment, enabling small vehicles to do bigger jobs.

  • Currents
  • Bottom track

Points forts

  • Bottom-track from 0.3-175 m range
  • Per-ping and per-beam data quality estimates
  • 6000 m operational depth


  • Small vehicles requiring longer bottom-track range
  • Compact AUVs with high accuracy requirements
  • Easy integration with leading inertial navigation systems (INS)


With the best balance of size and range in the survey-grade DVL market, the 6000m rated DVL500 Compact is equipped for easy integration with leading INS systems to create a robust, reliable navigation system, tested and proven across AUV, ROV, USV and other platforms. As with all of Nortek's DVLs, the DVL500 Compact is compatible with top control software including EIVA, Seebyte and Greensea.


Tested in demanding conditions in the Oslo fjord, the DVL500 Compact has a proven track record in areas of variable bathymetry and conditions. The water track feature provides a velocity backup if the bottom becomes out of range. The spectrum analyzer assures thorough system level integration.


The DVL500 Compact provides reliable navigation in the most demanding conditions across multiple platforms. The addition of simultaneous current profiles improves operational safety and allows opportunistic oceanographic data collection.

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Single ping std @ 1.5 m/s

0.8 cm/s at 1/2 max altitude

Long-term accuracy

±0.1% / ±0.1 cm/s

Minimum altitude

0.1 m

Maximum altitude

175 m

Velocity resolution

0.01 mm/s

Maximum ping rate

8 Hz max

Minimum accuracy

0.3% of measured value ± 0.3 cm/s

Minimum range

4.0 m

Minimum accuracy

0.3% of measured value ± 0.3 cm/s

Velocity resolution

0.1 cm/s


User-specified Nth ping

Maximum range

70 m


0.5 m

Cell size

0.5-4.0 m

Max # cells


Operating temperature

-4 to +40 °C

Storage temperature

-20 to +60 °C



EMC approval

IEC/EN 61000-6-2, 61000-6-3

Depth rating

6000 m *


4.15 kg / OEM 2.5 kg

Weight in water

1.7 kg


185 mm


ø 114 mm

* Les produits DVL1000 livrés avant mars 2024 sont classés en profondeur jusqu'à 4000m et non 6000m. Veuillez contacter Nortek si vous avez des doutes concernant le classement en profondeur de votre instrument.

Frequency of operation

500 kHz

Beam width



4-beam Janus array convex transducer, 25° beam angle

Internal memory

16 GB / 64 GB optional

Frequency of operation

500 kHz


25% centered at transmit frequency

Serial (either serial or Ethernet)

Configurable RS-232 or RS-422, SubConn connector, 8-pin male


10/100 Mbits Auto MDI-X. TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP protocols. Fixed IP / DHCP client /Auto IP address assignment. UPnP and Nortek proprietary instrument discovery over Ethernet. IEEE1588/PTP and NTP for absolute time stamping. Multiple simultaneous data format transmission possible.

Data formats

Nortek proprietary w/ 1 ms time stamp accuracy, NMEA0183, variants of PDx


Internal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 Hz or Trigger In. Trigger option through command (Ethernet or serial) External TTL or 485 lines: (configurable Rising/Falling/Edges)


0.1% FS /precision better than 0.002% of full scale per sample


-4° to +40 °C ± 0.1 °C

DC input

12-48 V

Maximum continuous current

1.5 A

Average power

3.0 W*

  • Power based on 1 Hz sampling and altitude with greatest transmit pulse.

Standard models

POM and titanium housing

DVL500 Compact 6000m General Arrangement (2024 onward)
DVL500 Compact 6000m - OEM - General Arrangement (2024 onward)
DVL500 Compact 4000 m General Arrangement (pre 2024)

End User Declaration - Nortek DVL
Declaration of Conformity

DVL500-C, 4000 m

4-beam head

Plastic housing, 300m

16 GB SD card data logger

64 GB

Pressure sensor 0-10 m, 0.1%

Pressure sensor 0-20 m, 0.1%

Pressure sensor 0-30 m, 0.1%

Pressure sensor 0-50 m, 0.1%

Pressure sensor 0-100 m, 0.1%

Pressure sensor 0-200m, 0.1%

Pressure sensor 0-300m, 0.1%

Cable, 8-pin female Ethernet AD2CP with RS485 trigger

Cable, 8-pin female serial AD2CP with RS485 trigger

Cable, 8-pin female Ethernet AD2CP with TTL trigger

Cable, 8-pin female serial AD2CP with TTL trigger


Current profiles, 4 beams

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