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.  


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.

Watch online at:


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


BeamworX 2019.2 Supports 3DSS-DX/iDX Sonar.

Ping DSP is excited to report that BeamworX completed the integration of 3DSS-DX/iDX drivers into NavAQ 2019.2. With this integration, NavAQ now supports real-time acquisition of ultra-wide swath bathymetry generated by the 3DSS. Additional testing of AutoClean 2019.2 was performed to confirm the compatibility of XTF files generated by the 3DSS-XTF Converter. The combination of the 3DSS-iDX sonar and BeamworX offers a turn-key wide swath bathymetry solution for price-sensitive shallow water applications requiring both high accuracy and ease-of-use.


Ping DSP Releases 500m Depth Version of the 3DSS-DX-AUV Sonar.

The 3DSS-DX-AUV is an OEM version of the 3DSS-DX sonar provided to autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) manufacturers. The OEM kit comes an advanced electronics stack and 100m depth rated transducers in its standard configuration. For more demanding applications, new 500m depth rated transducers have designed and tested by Ping DSP and are now available.

Jun 4-7

Ping DSP Conducts Training and Presents Seminar at the U.S. Army Corps Prospects Course in New York.

Dr. Paul Kraeutner, President and CEO, presented a seminar on advances in bathymetric mapping covering multibeam echosounding and pulse tracking methods such as interferometry and CAATI. Mr. Mark Butowski, Vice President and CTO, conducted a post-installation validation of 3DSS™ performance, acceptance tests, and training in support of the 3DSS-iDX. Both events were very well received, highly successful, and further Ping DSP's lead in wide swath bathymetry and 3D imaging.

May 20-23

Ping DSP Jointly Demos the 3DSS for Florida Keys National Marine Sancutuary.

The FKNMS is a part of NOAA's Office of National Sanctuaries and features spectacular and unique resources such as coral reefs, shipwrecks, seagrass beds, and fisheries. The sanctuary protects the waters surrounding the Keys, extending from south of Miami westward to the Dry Tortugas. Ping DSP conducted a combined demo with L3 OceanServer Iver3 and the Xylem YSI EcoMapper showing the vast potential of these novel technologies to the sanctuary's mission.

Apr 9-11

Ocean Business 2019 - Southhampton, UK

At Ocean Business this year we are proud to demonstrate the 3DSS-iDX on the Martime Robotics Otter USV platform. The 3DSS-iDX / Otter combination streamed real-time data back to shore to be viewied in the 3DSS point cloud display.


Maritime Robotics Integrates the 3DSS-iDX Sonar.

Ping DSP and Maritime Robotics joinly completed the integration of the 3DSS-iDX sonar system onto the Otter USV platform. The Otter is an easily deployable and portable USV, and provides a cost-effective turn-key solution for bathymetric surveys in sheltered waters. The turn-key 3DSS-iDX sonar provides real-time 3D point cloud imagery and ultra-wide swath 220 degree bathymetry covering from the sea surface to the sea bottom with integrated GNSS, motion, and sound velocity.

Mar 18-21

U.S. Hydro 2019 - Biloxi, Mississippi

Ping DSP attended the U.S. Hydro conference in Biloxi. The 3DSS-iDX continues to gain attention in the hydrographic community.

Feb 14

Ping DSP Releases Data Link Software for Streaming 3DSS Data Over a Wireless Link.

The newly released 3DSS Remote Data Link application allows for the real-time streaming of 3DSS data over a low bandwidth wirless connection. The 3DSS RDL is targeted at Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and allows the shore station to run the 3DSS 3D point cloud display and/or additional third-party hydrographic software.


Dalhousie University Selects the 3DSS-iDX and Jetyak for Tidal Power Initiative.

The 3DSS-iDX has been selected by Dalhouise University for 3D imaging and hydrographic surveying in support of tidal energy initiative. The 3DSS-iDX will be used onboard the WHOI Jetyak platform as well as in a standalone configuration. The Jetyak is an innovative solution for shallow water surf zone operations.

Jan 8-11

HYPACK 2019 - Corpus Christi, TX.

Ping DSP started the new year with the annual HYPACK exhibition in Corpus Christi.

Nov 11

US Army Corps - New York District Selects the 3DSS-iDX.

NY District has selected the newly released 3DSS-iDX for shallow water bathymetry and 3D imagry. The 3DSS-iDX was evaluated in the murky waters of the Hudson river and the Upper New York Bay. The area is a highly industrialized estuary which features mud bottom conditions with sediment resuspension. A challange for all acoustic sensors - the 3DSS-iDX surpassed expectations.


Virginia Tech Selects the 3DSS-DX-AUV for US Navy AUV Program.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has selected the OEM variant of the 3DSS-DX sonar system for integration into their innovative VT-690 autonomous underwater vehicle.

Mar 13-15

Ping DSP Exhibits at Oceanology 2018

Ping DSP is proud to have demonstrated the new 3DSS-iDX with virtual MBES processing at Oceanology this year. The 3DSS-iDX integrates a surface sound velocity probe and a hydrographic grade INS / GNSS solution to the 3DSS-DX. The 3DSS-iDX is a true turn-key solution for ultra-wide swath shallow water hydrography.

Mar 8

Ping DSP Delivers Deep Water Swath Bathymetry System for Ocean Discovery XPRIZE

Ping DSP has developed a deep water version of its 3DSS-DX-AUV sonar for Virginia Tech’s DEEP-X program. In conjunction with the DEEP-X Javelin AUV, the 3DSS™ sonar provides high resolution 3D imagery and wide swath bathymetry at depths as deep as 4000m. See our AUV package on our Products Page .

Jan 17

Ping DSP Unveils Turnkey Shallow Water Wide Swath Bathymetry Solution

The introduction of the 3DSS-iDX reaffirms Ping DSP as the leading innovator and developer of sonar technology for shallow water hydrography and imaging. Click the link above to learn more or check out our updated Products Page .

Nov 2

Ping-DSP Releases Imagery of J.E. Boyden

Ping DSP continues to enable multirole capability without compromise to customers across dozens of industries including Marine Archaeology. The imaging of J.E. Boyden by Ping DSP demonstrates the capability of the 3DSS to perform fine scale imagery while simultaneously outputting bathymetry exceeding IHO S-44 standards.

Sep 21

Ping DSP Releases MBES Mode Bathymetry Engine

Ping DSP raises the bar for shallow water mapping and imaging with the introduction of its new MBES Bathymetry Engine. The new MBES Mode introduces user control of sounding beam widths as narrow as 0.25 degrees, and beam densities of up to 1024 beams over a maximum sector size of 220 degrees. Follow the link above to read more!

Sep 1

Ping DSP Moves to New Office and Workspace

Ping DSP has moved to a larger office and workspace to continue its exciting work and allow for future growth. Our new address is now 10990 Madrona Drive, North Saanich BC.

May 30

Ping DSP Appoints Authorized Sales Agency for Benelux and Germany

Ping DSP is excited to name Geometius as an authorized sales agency to represent their line of 3D Sidescan sonar systems. Learn more...

May 19

2016 Canadian Hydrographic Conference (16-19 May 2016, Halifax)

Ping DSP in collaboration with CHS Pacific and DRDC Atlantic presents at the 2016 Canadian Hyrdographic Conference! Check out the posters below.

Mar 11

Oceanology International 2016 (15-17 March 2016, London, Excel)

Ping DSP exhibits the 3DSS-DX-450 3D side scan sonar at Oceanology International 2016. Please come visit us in the Canada Pavilion (Booth E401).

Feb 26

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Atlantic

Ping DSP and DRDC Atlantic complete integration of the 3DSS-DX-450 side scan sonar onto a 3m catamaran ASV.

Jan 21

Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS) evalutes the 3DSS-DX

IOS and Ping DSP perform shallow water white zone survey and 3D target detection survey.

Nov 21

HYPACK Integration

Ping DSP and HYPACK complete integration and extensive testing with HYPACK 2015.

Nov 6

Service Hydrographique du Canada (SHC), Quebec evaluates the 3DSS-DX

Ping DSP carry out hydrographic testing with SHC Quebec in Rimouski, Quebec. SHC Quebec compares the 3DSS-DX Bathymetric Side Scan against a reference area surveyed with several MBES systems.

Aug 1

Ping DSP Appoints Authorized Sales Agency for the Japan

Ping DSP is excited to name Science Engineering Associates Corporation (SEA) of Japan as an authorized sales agency to represent their new line of 3D Sidescan sonar systems. Learn more...

Mar 16

U.S. HYDRO 2015

Ping DSP exhibits the 3DSS-DX-450 3D Side Scan at U.S. Hydro 2015 in Mayland, come visit us our booth.

Oct 20

Ping DSP Appoints Authorized Sales Agency for the Pacific Northwest Region

Ping DSP has named SUBSEA 20/20, Inc. the first authorized sales agency to represent their new line of 3D Sidescan sonar systems. Learn more...

Aug 1

Shallow Water Mapping of Bazan Bay.

A high density bathymetric survey spanning water depths of 3m to 25m of Bazan Bay near Victoria, BC was completed with great success. The efficiency and bathymetric results of the survey highlighted the benefits of the 3DSS-DX sonar in shallow water mapping applications.

Jul 25

Third Party Software Support.

3DSS-DX software drivers are now available for Hypack 2014 (Hypack Inc), SonarWiz5 (Chesapeake Technology Inc) and GeoDAS (OIC Inc.).

Mar 10

Launch of 3DSS-DX-450 True 3D Sidescan.

Ping DSP Inc. introduces the 3DSS-DX-450, the first true 3D Sidescan at Oceanology International 2014. Please visit us in the Canada Pavilion (Booth P200).

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