BREAKING RECORDS: R2Sonic’s 2020 Watercraft Portable System Earns MURI Recognition

PT Geotronix Pratama Indonesia (Geotronix), in collaboration with the Indonesian Navy (TNI Angkatan Laut), awarded with the MURI World Record for The First Application of a Wideband Multibeam Echosounder for Bathymetric Survey Using A Jetski. The award was presented during the opening ceremony of the Naval Expo 2022, part of the 77th anniversary celebration of the Indonesian Navy, held at Balai Samudera, Jakarta (11/9).

The MURI Certificate was handed over by Awan Rahargo, the Director of Marketing at MURI, to the Chief of Navy (Kasal) Admiral TNI Yudo Margono. The ceremony was witnessed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) General Andika Perkasa and the Vice Chief of Navy (Wakasal) Admiral TNI Ahmadi Heri Purwono.

With the emerging requirement to utilize jet ski as an alternative watercraft to carry out bathymetric survey operations in coastal and certain areas that are unable to be reached by regular survey vessels, also to run the survey in particular missions, such as Search and Rescue, disaster first-responses, and special missions, Commander of Pushidrosal, Vice Admiral TNI Nurhidayat was challenging the survey industry to innovate together with the Indonesian Navy.

As one of the survey technology partner of Pushidrosal, Geotronix Indonesia called out the challenge by collaborate with Pushidrosal and bring the concept of the first application of Wideband Multibeam Echosounder (MBES) on jet ski in Indonesia to reality.

Numerous challenges were encountered throughout the process, and it sparked nothing but motivation for Geotronix to push the envelope and innovate, particularly in the design and installation of the system on the jetski; a task never undertaken before. With full support and cooperation from Pushidrosal, Geotronix successfully conducted a Proof of Concept (POC) application of MBES using a jetski equipped with the R2Sonic 2020 MBES, capable of mapping water depths up to 200 meters. Being compact and lightweight, R2Sonic 2020 is ideal for installation on small survey craft like jetski and believed to give more benefits and a broader application of hydrographic survey application on various sector in the future.

When speed is crucial in survey operations, the R2Sonic 2020 Watercraft Portable System has proven effective due to its portable sensor, easy and quick system installation, and its ability to acquire high-resolution data. The installation process can be completed in just 3 hours, allowing the jetski to operate promptly in situations requiring a rapid response.

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