3DSS™, where bathymetry meets 3D imagery.

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Shallow Water Mapping

High-density IHO Exclusive Order bathymetry covering swath widths from 6 to 14 times water depth.   Learn more...

Chesapeake seafloor profile
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Underwater Structures

High-resolution imaging and mapping of complex 3D geometries.   Learn more...

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Coherent Side Scan

Standard side scan enhanced with coherent suppression of water-column and sea-surface clutter.  

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3D Side Scan

Raw 3D imagery visualized in Ping DSP's real-time point cloud software.

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Compact 3D side scan sonar, dual side, 450 kHz.
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Third-Party Software

Fully integrated with popular third-party acquisition and post-processing software.  


Nov 30

NATO DIANA Innovation Accelerator.

We are very excited to have been selected as a participant in NATO’s inaugural Defense Innovation Accelerator. DIANA aims to solve complex security and defense problems through collaboration and innovation. Of the 1,300 applications that were received, we are honoured to be selected as one of the 44 organizations to participate. Our proposed solution will address the Sensing and Surveillance challenge, and we are very eager to begin work on the project in January.

In addition to funding, DIANA offers an Accelerator Program, which will give us access to experts, facilities, and resources from throughout NATO. We look forward to working with DIANA and our new NATO partners to significantly impact and advance underwater environmental visualization and object detection.


Partnership with Norbit Subsea.

Ping DSP is pleased to announce that it has joined the Norbit family. Norbit is well known for their multibeam sonar systems and other underwater solutions. With Norbit’s help, we hope to further promote the 3DSS and explore new applications for underwater 3D imagery. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.

Sep 20-21

Lakebed 2030 - Traverse City, Michigan.

Ping DSP attended the Lakebed 2030 conference at Northwestern Michigan College. In addition to the 3DSS, we were excited to announce our partnership with Seaber. We are looking forward to completing our integration on their AUV sometime in 2024.

Jul 26

Second Online 3DSS Sonar System Demo.

We had another successful demo thanks to Telestra Technologies, this one was on Lake Monroe near Deltona, Florida. We focussed on the capabilities and settings of the 3DSS while observing the underwater environment of the lake.

Mar 15

Online Demo of the 3DSS Sonar System.

Thanks to Telestra Technologies and Northwest Hydro, we hosted our first virtual demo on the Columbia River. We surveyed an abandoned, submerged lock and the 3DSS produced some amazing 3D imagery.


Sunken Barge just outside our office.

Just off the end of the pier outside our office at Deep Cove, there is a sunken rail barge. The 3DSS did a great job capturing a clear image of the wreck, and produced accurate bathymetry of the whole area.

Feb 14-16

WEST 2023 - San Diego, California.

Ping DSP is greatful to have been part of the Canadian Delegation at WEST 2023. Despite the last few quiet years, the 3DSS-iDX generated a lot of buzz.

Feb 14-16

Oceanology International 2023 - San Diego, California.

After a 3-year hiatus, Ping DSP was pleased to attend OI Americas 2023. As part of the Canada Pavilion, we are proud to have showcased our 3DSS-iDX alongside other innovative Canadian technology.


Oceanology International 2023 & WEST 2023 - San Diego, California.

We are thrilled to be attending two fantstic conferences next month: Oceanology International Americas 2023 and WEST 2023. Come find our booths and see some of the exciting projects we have been working on over the last little while.


Seabottom classification example 3DSS & SonarWiz 7.

At the request of interested parties, Ping DSP demonstrates the capabilities of using 3DSS data to classify the seafloor. The example below focuses on using SonarWiz 7's automated Classification tool to distinguish between sand and vegetation on the seafloor.


First test survey completed with 3DSS-iDX-PRO

Ping DSP completes the first test survey of the iDX-PRO with an integrated SBG Navsight Ekinox INS and Septentrio GNSS.


3DSS-iDX-PRO - New 3DSS Model is Released

Ping DSP is pleased to introduce a new model of the 3DSS, the iDX-PRO, featuring a fully integrated SBG Navsight Ekinox INS and Septentrio GNSS. The Ekinox is a 0.02° class instrument that together with the integrated GNSS provides a tightly coupled INS solution specifically tuned to harsh marine applications. This new compact turn-key combination of the 3DSS and Ekinox excels in shallow water mapping of rougher coastal areas and GNSS denied environments, such as under bridges.

The system collects both wide-swath IHO or better (e.g. CHS/Exclusive Order, NL Norm 1A) bathymetry and detailed 3D imagery. The 3D imagery augments the survey by providing context about specific targets in the survey area and can be used in real-time to mark and identify hazards. As with all 3DSS solutions, this new addition is competitively priced compared to MBES solutions while meeting the same hydrographic standards with a markedly higher area coverage rate particularly in shallow water.


Drain the Oceans - The Atomic Ghost Fleet

Using the latest sonar technology, a high-tech expedition maps Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean to reveal the world's only nuclear battlefield. The survey tells the story of the U.S. atomic experiments and the warships they destroyed, including a submarine and a mighty aircraft carrier. This is the explosive tale of the dawn of the Nuclear Age and the birth of the Cold War.

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3DSS In Use - Oceanographers Map Legacy of Nuclear Tests at Bikini Atoll

Dr. Arthur Trembanis and CSHEL at the University of Delaware use 3DSS to reveal undersea craters from atomic testing conducted between 1946 and 1958. Read the full articles:

Smithsonian Magazine: Oceanographers Map Legacy of Nuclear Tests at Bikini Atoll

Eos Science News: Bikini Seafloor Hides Evidence of Nuclear Explosions

YouTube Channel: University of Delaware - Coastal Sediments Hydrodynamics and Engineering Lab

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Upcoming Events

SonarWiz Training Workshop
December 12th - 14th, 2023
Charleston, SC
Hypack 2024
January 8th - 11th, 2023
Savannah, GA
Oceanology International 2024
March 12th - 14th, 2023
London, England