Signature VM Ocean

VESSEL-MOUNTED CURRENT PROFILER

Signature VM Ocean

Delivers vessel-mounted ADCP capabilities with an optional scientific echosounder for biomass measurements.

Highlights

  • Four beams for current profiling with a range over 300 m.
  • Scientific echosounder with multiple modes for biomass measurements.
  • A coherent and modern system that is quick and convenient to operate.

Overview

  • Until now, epipelagic ADCP surveys could not deliver the resolution nor the range to examine the ocean boundary layer in great detail. To study the biomass in the same ocean boundary layer, you had to add a separate scientific echosounder.

    Nortek’s vessel-mounted ADCP current survey package – called Signature100 VM – opens up new opportunities to the community to measure currents in and beyond this boundary layer and to study the contained biomass simultaneously.

    The optional center beam is a 70-120 kHz scientific echosounder. Both the echosounder and the current profiler have an effective range of 300 – 400 m providing unprecedented insight into the dynamics of zooplankton, krill or even schools of fish. Furthermore, natural acoustic reflectors can give new insight into small-scale physical processes, such as density gradients and internal waves.

Applications

  • Upper ocean boundary layer studies
  • Detection of krill in the water column
  • Plankton migration studies
  • Upwelling and downwelling studies
  • Internal waves
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    • Water Velocity Measurements

      Profiling range** 375 m
      Cell size 3 - 15 m
      Max no. cells 200
      Min. blanking 2
      Minimum accuracy 1.0% of the measured value +/- 0.5 cm/s
      Velocity resolution 0.1 cm/s
      Maximum sampling rate 1 Hz (1/3 Hz with BT and Echosounder)
      Velocity range (along beam) 5 m/s
      No. of beams 4 slanted at 20 degrees
      **) Depending on acoustic scattering condition.
    • Bottom Velocity Measurements

      Single ping std @ 3 m/s TBA
      Long term accuracy TBA
      Minimum altitude 5 m
      Maximum altitude 560 m
      Velocity resolution 0.01 mm/s
      Maximum sampling rate 1 Hz (1/3 Hz with VP and Echosounder)
    • Echo Intensity (slanted beams)

      Sampling Same as velocity for slanted beams
      Resolution/dynamic range 0.5 dB/70 dB
      Dynamic Range 70 dB slanted beams
      Transducer acoustic frequency 100 kHz
      No. of beams 4 slanted at 20 degrees
      Beam Width 6.1°
    • Echosounder option

      No. of beams 1 vertical
      Transducer Acoustic Frequency 70-120 kHz
      Sampling 1 Hz (1/3 Hz with VP and BT)
      Transducer beam width 15° @ 70 kHz, 8.7° @ 120 kHz
      Resolution 0.375 –4 m
      Resolution/ Dynamic Range 0.01 dB/130 dB
      Transmit pulse Monochromatic 70 kHz, 90 kHz and 120 kHz or frequency chirp (90 kHz, 50% BW)
      Transmit Power 7.5-120 W adjustable
      Chirp Signal Processing Pulse compression or binned frequency response
    • Other

      Temperature sensor range / accuracy -4 °C to 40 °C / 0.1 °C
      Pressure Piezo resistive
      Standard range 0-1500 m (inquire for options)
      Accuracy/precision 0.1% FS / Better than 0.002% of full scale
      Compass and tilt Solid-state magnetometer and accelerometer
      Data recording 16 GB (inquire for options)
      Data cable 30 m Ethernet cable (inquire for options)
      IO Ethernet
      DC Input 15-48 V DC
    • Environmental

      Operating temperature -4 °C to 40 °C
      Storage temperature -20 °C to 60 °C
      Shock and vibration IEC 60068-1 / IEC 60068-2-64
      EMC approval IEC 61000
      Depth rating 1500 m – Bottom track is limited to surface vessels
      Connectors Straight fitted MCBH6F (Ethernet)
      Housing Small instrument housing
      Material POM with titanium fasteners
      *) See Signature100 brochure for detailed specifications
    • Rack Mount Processing Unit

      Processor/Memory Intel i7, 8 GB
      Harddisk SSD 240 GB
      Operating system Windows® 10
      Housing 19” rack-mountable 1 HE
      Dimensions(PC) 480x45x220 mm (19” rack mountable 1HE)
      Interface box input 100-240V AC as standard or 12-36V DC, Max. 15 W
      Dimensions (interface box) 240x45x300 mm (0.5x19” rack-mountable 1HE)
      Total weight 4 Kg PC, 3 Kg interface box
      Connections Power, Signature VM, GNSS, Ethernet, USB, HDMI, VGA
      Operator control Optional 19” rack mount
      LCD panel Optional 19” rack mount
    • Nortek Signature VM Acquisition Software

      Acquisition Signature VM - binary, GNSS compass - binary
      Timing < 0.6 s, IEEE1588/PTP for absolute time stamping (GNSS/Signature VM)
      Configuration Signature VM (partly) GNSS Advanced navigation
      Display Vessel track in map, Bottom-track velocity, Velocity magnitude and direction, Echo amplitude (slanted beams), Echo correlation (slanted beams), Vertical echosounder: range corrected echogram, Vertical depth
      Status Signature VM + GNSS compass
      Output NMEA data strings online CSV, ASCII VMT, Matlab VMT, Matlab, KML
    • GNSS Compass

      Brand and model Advanced Navigation GNSS Compass
      Position accuracy (with dGNSS) / Post processed Horizontal : 0.6 m / 0.01m, Vertical: 1.0 m / 0.02 m
      Heading accuracy / Post processed 0.2 °/ 0.09°
      Supported navigation systems GPS L1, GLONASS G1, GALILEO E1, BeiDou B1
      Optional high-accuracy RTK variant GPS L1_L2, GLONASS G1_G2, GALILEO E1_E5b, BeiDou B1_B2
      Motion 9 axis IMU
      Communication Ethernet 10/100
      Timing PTP, NTP timeserver functionality
      Protocol NMEA0183 AN Packet protocol, TSS1, Simrad


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    •  Main product

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      Signature100 VM

    •  Probe type /Head

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      4-beam head

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      5-beam head (adds 95 kHz center transducer for echo sounder)

    •  Housing

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      Short, no room for battery (external battery canister for bottom mount use)

    •  Memory

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      16 GB SD card data logger

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      64 GB SD card data logger

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      128 GB SD card data logger

    •  Pressure sensor

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      Pressure sensor, 0-1500 m, accuracy 0,1% of FS (standard)

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      Pressure sensor, 0-100 m, accuracy 0,1% of FS

    •  Cables

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      AD2CP: 30 m Ethernet cable with MCIL6MP, Power/RJ45 at dry end (standard)

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      AD2CP: 30-100 m Ethernet cable (specify length) with MCIL6MP-PWR/RJ45

    •  Mounting

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      Vessel Mounted over the side

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      Vessel Hull mounted

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      Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) mounted (please inquire)

    • Other

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      Compass and Tilt sensor

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      AHRS

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      High Accuracy Heading GNSS (RTK)




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