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Monitoring and recording dredging progress

The Hydromagic Dredging package is a module shipped with Hydromagic that allows you to monitor dredging progress. It needs a separate license, and can be purchased with or without the Hydromagic Survey software. The software can log the dredging file as a series of points or by updating a XYZ matrix file. Please note that this feature needs additional sensors to be installed (inclino sensors). Currently the software works for cutter, hopper and backhoe / excavator dredges.

Depth vs Elevation

Dredging data can be monitored in either depth or elevation mode. In depth mode, the absolute dredging depth below the waterline is recorded. This option must only be used when the water level is constant. When the water level is variable (tides), the dredging depth is no longer useful, since the tide level isn't logged with the depth (only in the log files, not the matrix).

When the water level isn't constant, always use elevation mode. In this mode the dredging depth is stored as an elevation relative to the local height datum (for instance NAVD88). To use this mode, the correct water level has to be entered, or measured with RTK. More information on how to determine the water level with RTK can be found here. To enter the water level manually, select the "Set Tide Level..." option using the manual tide plugin.

Creating an empty matrix

When recording dredging data, data can be stored in a user defined log file as well as in a matrix. A matrix is basically a file that contains XYZ coordinates with a fixed cell distance. During the dredge process the cell's will be updated with the maximum dredging depth and displayed as map overlay.

Before we can update a matrix with our data, we have to create an empty one. To do so we first have to specify the area to cover. This should be done by drawing a boundary first.

When the boundary has been created, make sure the "Project Explorer" is visible ("Project Explorer" from the "View" menu) and right click on the "Matrices" folder.

Raw data display options
Select the "Generate Matrix..." option from the popup menu to start a new matrix file.

From the popup menu, select the "Generate Matrix..." option. The "Generate Empty Matrix" dialog appears:

Generate an empty or pre-filled matrix file which can be used to record dredging depths or elevations
Generate an empty or pre-filled matrix file which can be used to record dredging depths or elevations.

The matrix file used in Hydromagic has three layers. It is possible to set a preset value in one of the three (pre dredge, dredge and post dredge) layers. To simply monitor dredge progress, just leave the boxes unchecked so all layers are filled with void values.

You can adjust the space of the cells. A cell spacing of 0.5 means that dredging data is stored in a 50 x 50 cm grid. You also need to select a filename and the boundary you created to define the area for the matrix. When you are happy with the settings, just press "OK" to proceed with matrix creation. After successful creation the new matrix will be displayed in the project explorer.

Start recording

When you are ready to start recording, just click the "Record" button (Start Recording) to start recording the XYZ positions of the dredge. Log data files are generated every time you start a new recording. Matrix updating will be performed on the matrix which is set as "Active" in the "Project Explorer".

To pause a recording without generating a new log file, just click the "Pause" button (Pause Recording) instead. When clicking the pause button again, the recoding will resume writing data to the same log data file.

During recording, log files should increase in size, display depths on the map and the matrix file should update when the vessel is moving and the dredging depth increases. If nothing is logged, or no matrix updates are visible, please perform the following checklist:

Matrix Display Options

There are more ways of showing the matrix on the map. You can for instance display it as both colors and text at a specified interval.

It is also possible to not show it (and just use the matrix to export data),
to show it with colors only (using the defined color ranges) or to show its depths as text.

To change settings on how the matrix is shown,right click the "Matrices" folder in the "Project Explorer", and select the "Display Options..." option from the popup menu.

A dialog with all matrix settings will be displayed. It should look like the screen shot below:

Display Matrix Dialog

Auto save option

To prevent data loss, for instance due to a PC crash or AC power failure, it is recommended to use the "AutoSave" option.
When this option is enabled all project data (including matrix data and log files) will be saved at the specified interval.

To change the autosave option, select "Preferences..." from the "Options" menu, and click the "Miscellaneous" tab.
You will see an "Auto save" section at the bottom of this window. Now click the "Setup..." button in this section.
Enable the check box when you want to use auto save, and enter an interval (minimum 1 minute). Click the "OK" button to apply the changes.

Auto save options
Use the auto save option to prevent data loss.

Manually saving dredging data

Log files can be saved at any time by just clicking the "Save" button in the tool bar (Save button). It will be saved into the "Logs" folder of your project.