What is EchOPRO?

EchoPRO stands for:
"ECHOsounder PROject
"ECHOsounder PROtotype".
Both acronyms represent the ongoing design on a special vessel: a remotely operated survey vessel.

The vessel will be able to perform the following tasks: single-beam, multi-beam and sonarsurveys on shallow water (waterdepths <25meters).

At this moment it can perform Single-beam or Side Scan Sonar surveys. Multibeam survey will be possible by august '2015


Imagenex Multi-beam is dry-tested and a bracket has been made to connect the Multi-beam to the vessel.


This project started when I first saw a obsolete remote controlled vessel at the site of a former employer. It seemed that the vessel was an abandoned project by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat ). At this moment I am employed buy the same Ministry and I was able to rejuvenate the project with the latest developments in technology.


The Dutch Government has renamed the Ministry to Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Rijkswaterstaat is the executive arm of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. On behalf of the Minister and State Secretary, Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands.


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