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Bathymetry grid of Darwin Harbour from Survey onboard the Matthew Flinders - 2011

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Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703016635

Title: Bathymetry grid of Darwin Harbour from Survey onboard the Matthew Flinders - 2011


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



A bathymetric survey of Darwin Harbour was undertaken during the period 24 June to 20 August 2011 by iXSurvey Australia Pty Ltd for the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (NRETAS) in collaboration with Geoscience Australia (GA), the Darwin Port Corporation (DPC) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) using GA's Kongsberg EM3002D multibeam sonar system and DPC's vessel Matthew Flinders.

ANZLIC search words:

  • MARINE Geology and Geophysics Mapping

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 130.69 -12.32, 130.94 -12.32, 130.94 -12.59, 130.69 -12.59, 130.69 -12.32,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -12.32 °
South bounding latitude: -12.59 °
East bounding longitude: 130.94 °
West bounding longitude: 130.69 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 2011-06-24

Ending date: 2011-08-20

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - seg y Seismic digital data - SEG Y format Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) WGS84
Available format type:
DIGITAL - seg y Seismic digital data - SEG Y format Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) WGS84

Access constraints:

This material is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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Data quality


Due to the exceptionally good quality data being acquired, post processing of the raw data was kept to a minimum. Swath data was processed through Caris HIPS/SIPS version 7.1. First a vessel configuration file was created that the coordinates of the motion sensor and DGPS antenna and patch test offsets were recorded. A new project was then created and the vessel configuration file was attached to the project file. The raw swath sonar data, in raw.all format, for each line was then imported into the project and the vessel information assigned to the data. The motion sensor, DGPS and heading data were then cleaned using a filter that averaged adjacent data to remove artifacts. Different sound velocity profiles data for each block were attached to the corresponding raw swath sonar data files to correct the depths for changes in the speed of sound through the water column. Then a new blank field area was defined that specified the geographic area of study and the coordinate system used. The coordinates for all the study areas were WGS84. The data was cleaned by applying several filters that removed any remaining spikes in the bathymetry data using user defined threshold values. A visual inspection of the data for each line was then undertaken where artefacts and noisy data not removed by the filtering process were removed manually using Swath and subset editors modules of the Caris HIPS/SIPS software. In addition, The observed tide with reference to the mean sea level and UTC time was used to correct for the tidal variations in the processing. All the data for each bathymetric, motion sensor, DGPS, heading, tide and sound velocity profile data were merged to produce the final processed data file. A weighted grid of the processed data was then created. The processed data was finally exported as XYZ grid soundings and converted into ArcINFO grid as well as geotiff and Caris csar file.

Positional accuracy:

Inherited from raw data in which C-NAV system was used to provide geographical postion with a manufacturer accuracy of 10 cm RMS. Inherited from raw data in which Applanix system was used to provide roll and pitch, and heave with manufacturer accuracies for roll and pitch are 0.05 deg. RMS, and manufacturer accuracy for heave is 5 cm.

Attribute accuracy:

The accuracy is high but it is cell size dependent. Note that the water depth dictates the cell size

Logical Consistency:

All procedures, steps and software involved in producing a bathymetry grid are similar



Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

Additional metadata

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Metadata reference XML:

Processing software: Caris HIPS & SIPS 7.1

Survey Name: Bathymetric Survey of Darwin Harbour

Vessel: Matthew Flinders

Country: Australia

Operator: Darwin Port Corporation

Bathymetric system used: Kongsberg EM3002D

Year of installation: 2011

Nominal sonar frequency: 300 kHz

Number of beams: 320 beams

Beamwidth across track: 1.5 degrees

Beamwidth along track : 1.5 degrees

Pulse length: Variable, operator selectable

Depth range: 0m - 44m

Vessel speed: 6 - 7 knots

Start date of survey: 24 June 2011

End date of survey: 20 August 2011

Institution: Geoscience Australia

Start port: Darwin

End port: Darwin

Survey leaders: Ian Atkinson

Data acquired and processed by: IXSurvey, Ian Atkinson, Justy Siwabessy

Grids resolution: 1m

Number of grids: 1

This dataset consist of the following files:

- XYZ grid in 1m resolution, projected in Eastings and Northing UTM 52S, WGS84

- ESRI ascii (*.asc) in 1 m resolution

- Georeferenced colour tif image in 1m resolution, shaded with sun azimuth 45 degrees

- ESRI Raster in 1m resolution

- Caris csar file

Authors:Siwabessy, J. Spinoccia, M. Buchanan, C. Atkinson, I.