BioBase is a powerful lake, pond, and coastal mapping cloud software tool. To get the best results with BioBase – EcoSound, it is important to use proper data collection and management procedures. This post contains links to the resources that will help you get started with BioBase and get you on your way to collecting quality data.
First, ensure you have a compatible sonar device to use BioBase. BioBase exclusively processes raw sonar files from Navico manufactured devices, Lowrance, Simrad, and B&G brands. BioBase is compatible with multiple generations of these brands and if it can hold an SD card, you can probably record a compatible .slg, .sl2, or .sl3 sonar log. However, if the unit is greater than 5 years old, it might be time to consider an upgrade. This blog will help you determine the best sonar for your application
Our quality control team reviews every uploaded trip, creates or fixes shoreline boundaries according to the Bing aerial photo basemap, and looks for glaring issues like evidence of a slanted transducer, signal loss, and poor signal quality. They may email you if they notice any significant issues with your trip, and suggest ways to fix the issue or ways to improve data quality before logging again. The quality control process may cause data edits and offsets to be lost on “trips” (or individual files) and can impact merges (“merges” > 1 trip). Please allow one business day for quality control before applying these changes to your trips, or check the quality control review status by viewing a trip’s report. If there is a quality control section in the report’s header, then trip has been reviewed (note, the quality control team does not generally review merges). You can also see any comments that were not emailed to you on the report. We recommend that you opt into processing alerts in My Account so you are always alerted of processing status and any quality control issues with your trips or merges
It is critically important to keep your Lowrance software updated. Software updates can be found here. Using hardware with outdated operating system software can result in a range of issues.
Our blog blog.biobasemaps.com is full of good content for “How Tos,” case studies, feature descriptions, etc. Use the search tool within the blog to search any particular topic.
Our YouTube channel has many helpful videos, including field demos and data editing tutorials.
The EcoSound Support and Resources page has links to the EcoSound Full Operator’s Guide including a slick online manual with full keyword search functionality. There are several tutorials, including guides for using EcoSound data in QGIS. The EcoSound Quick Start Guide shows recommended settings to use on your Lowrance or Simrad while logging sonar. Please follow this quick start guide carefully.
Finally, we have a Facebook BioBase Tips and Tricks Group page that you may consider joining to ask questions of the user community.
If you ever need any assistance, contact the BioBase support team at firstname.lastname@example.org