Nortek DVL500 Compact 4000m side2
Nortek DVL500 Compact 4000m front
Nortek DVL500 Compact 4000m side
Nortek DVL500 Compact 4000m side2
Nortek DVL500 Compact 4000m front
Nortek DVL500 Compact 4000m side

Subsea navigation

Compact DVL500, 300 m copy

Bottom-track from 0.3 to 175 m range; 4000 m operational depth


The DVL500 is a universal Doppler Velocity Log that combines compact design with unprecedented functionality. It can fly higher in the water column and closer to the seabed than similar equipment. This 500 kHz Doppler Velocity Log is used by industry leaders in the subsea market because of its high accuracy and state-of-the-art technology.

  • Currents
  • Bottom track


  • Bottom-track from 0.3-175 m range
  • Per-ping and per-beam data quality estimates
  • 4000 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 @ 3 m/s 0.5 cm/s
Long-term accuracy ±0.1% / ±0.1 cm/s
Minimum altitude 0.3 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
Interval User-specified Nth ping
Maximum range 70 m
Blanking 0.5 m
Cell size 0.5-4.0 m
Max # cells 140

Operating temperature -4 to +40 °C
Storage temperature -20 to +60 °C
Vibration IEC60068-2-64
EMC approval IEC/EN 61000-6-2, 61000-6-3

Depth rating 4000 m
Weight 2.7 kg
Weight in water 1.7 kg
Height 164 mm
Diameter ø 114 mm

Frequency of operation 500 kHz
Beam width 5.8°
Configuration 4-beam Janus array convex transducer, 25° beam angle
Internal memory 16 GB / 64 GB optional
Frequency of operation 500 kHz
Bandwidth 25% centered at transmit frequency

Serial (either serial or Ethernet) Configurable RS-232 or RS-422, SubConn connector, 8-pin male
Ethernet 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
Trigger 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)

Pressure 0.1% FS /precision better than 0.002% of full scale per sample
Temperature -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-C, 4000 m General Arrangement - NGA032-006 Rev.-

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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