Feature Alert: Add Manual Depth Points to BioBase Maps

Lake, pond, and river mapping with off-the-shelf powerful technology like Lowrance® and BioBase™ has democratized the previously complex and expensive process of creating detailed and accurate bathymetric maps. BioBase continues to deliver new features that empower biologists, researchers, service providers, and surveyors to create better maps for their stakeholders and clients. Today, we announce the launch of a new feature that allows users to add manual depth values to their BioBase map. This is an important feature for those mapping large areas too shallow for sonar to deliver a reliable signal. This is a common occurrence in ponds and small rivers. Below we walk you through how this feature works

Right click in an area of your BioBase map where you’d like to add a manual depth value

Add the value to the tenth decimal place of your unit of measure setting. Use the sonar log and tick marks to estimate depth in the absence of values taken from the field.
Another area of the map where manual depth values were needed. Values will appear on map as gray “ellipses” and will the map will need to be reprocessed in order to update the bluescale map with the data.
Under Tools – Trip Reprocessing, reprocess the bathymetric layer. Note that the buffer selected is the radius that a map underlying the manual depth point will be created
Reprocessed map displaying the updates from the manual depth additions. Data .csv exports are also updated after reprocessing with manual depth additions. For Habitat+ subscribers the report statistics on depth and volume are also updated automatically with a reprocess.
Updated merged map showing tracks and all manual depth additions
Finished map integrated with sonar and manual depths. Now BioBase delivers a more full solution for waters of all depths!

Author: biobasemaps

BioBase is a cloud platform for the automated mapping of aquatic habitats (lakes, rivers, ponds, coasts). Standard algorithms process sonar datafiles (EcoSound) and high resolution satellite imagery (EcoSat). Depth and vegetation maps and data reports are rapidly created and stored in a private cloud account for analysis, and sharing. This blog highlights a range of internal and external research, frequently asked questions, feature descriptions and highlights, tips and tricks, and photo galleries.

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