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Sidescan Processing

Tekmap's Sonarwave LiteTekmap Consulting specializes in processing and mapping sidescan sonar data. We offer over 20 years of experience with sidescan sonar data processing.

We support a wide variety of sidescan sonar data formats including those listed below. Also, Tekmap develops programs for "custom" data formats. So, if you have a data format not listed above, please contact us.

  • SEG-Y
  • Klein
  • Extended Triton Format (XTF)
  • SIPS

Sidescan mosaicTekmap Consulting develops mapping solutions tailored to your needs!

Sidescan Processing Services

At Tekmap, we offer a full range of sidescan processing services. This includes working with the raw survey data, through final mosiac/map production. Our data processing services include:

  • Navigation cleaning.
  • Navigation merging.
  • Fish layback corrections.
  • Slant range corrections.
  • Beam calibration.

Final Products

After importing the sidescan data into a GIS, a number of products are available.

Product Description
Mosaics Provide digital mosaics of selected sidescan lines.
Data fusion Combine with other data such as bathymetric or rectified imagery.
Custom colortables Use standard and custom colortables designed to enhance specific features or targets.
Statistical analysis Do simple statistic extraction from data such as target detection, to more complex spatial analysis.
Habitat mapping Custom habitat maps derived from sidescan maps.
Final map production Provide digital and hard-copy output of processed data.


In addition to our sidescan processing services, Tekmap develops custom sidescan processing/viewing software. Over the years, Tekmap has developed a number of sidescan processing programs, including the popular free XTF viewer, SonarWave Lite.  For more information, check out our Software page.

To obtain an estimate or for more information on our Sidescan Processing Services, please contact us.

For examples of output products, please visit the Image Gallery and Movie Gallery.