We describe an experiment designed to determine the time required to process Multibeam Echosounder (MBES) data using the CUBE (Combined Uncertainty and Bathymetry Estimator) [Calder & Mayer, 2003; Calder, 2003] and Navigation Surface [Smith et al., 2002; Smith, 2003] algorithms. We collected data for a small (22.3xl06 soundings) survey in Valdez Narrows, Alaska, and monitored person-hours expended on processing for a traditional MBES processing stream and the proposed computer-assisted method operating on identical data. The analysis shows that the vast majority of time expended in a traditional processing stream is in subjective hand-editing of data, followed by line planning and quality control, and that the computer-assisted method is significantly faster than the traditional process through its elimination of human interaction time. The potential improvement in editing time is shown to be on the order of 25-37:1 over traditional methods.

Publication Date


Journal or Conference Title

International Hydrographic Review


5, No. 1 (New Series)



Publisher Place

Lemmers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


International Hydrographic Organization

Document Type

Journal Article