Helpful Resources for Getting Started with BioBase

BioBase is a powerful data collection tool for aquatic environments. 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 great data.

Our quality control team reviews every uploaded trip and looks for glaring issues with the trip like evidence of a slanted transducer, signal loss, 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 and can “break” merges. 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 reviewer’s name on the report, the trip has been reviewed. You can also see any comments that were not emailed to you on the report.

It is critically important to keep your Lowrance software updated. Software updates can be found here. Outdated software can result in inaccurate or lost data!

Our YouTube channel has many helpful videos, including data editing tutorials.

This post gives an overview on how EcoSound works along with some answers to frequently asked questions that many new users have.

The EcoSound Quick Start Guide shows recommended settings to use while logging sonar. Print this guide and keep it on your survey boat.

The EcoSound Support and Resources page has links to the EcoSound Full Operator’s Guide as well as several tutorials, including guides for using EcoSound data in ArcMap.

If you ever need any assistance, contact the BioBase support team at

ArcGIS Mapping Tutorials

ciBioBase is much more than a powerful data processing engine, it is also a complete data services package.  Contour Innovations’ Biologists and GIS Specialists on staff can help you get the data products you need to efficiently assess waterbodies and make sense of your output.

With your subscription to ciBioBase, you get access to basic GIS and survey tutorials and technical support for everything from suggested transect spacing to ways of analyzing ciBioBase outputs.

Access to ArcGIS Tutorials are available to all subscribers

Tutorial 1 covers converting ciBioBase grid point feature outputs into raster datasets (requires Spatial Analyst extension for ArcGIS).  Although many types of analyses can be done on the grid point data, converting to raster allows users to run a wider range of analyses, custom contouring and imagery, compare maps over time, and to create unique maps (e.g., plant canopy height grid).

Tutorial 2 covers a step-by-step process of creating transect lines in ArcGIS, converting the shapefile to a .gpx file, and then uploading as tracks/trails to your Lowrance HDS.

Transect lines can be created using an ArcGIS utility and converting the shapefile to a .gpx file for importing into your Lowrance HDS as a Trail.

Pre-planning transect coverage and following the lines on your HDS Chart ensures complete coverage of the area you intend to map.

ciBioBase provides all the tools and features necessary to users with no GIS experience to automatically create maps and data reports to carry out effective lake monitoring and management.  Nevertheless, CI supports a range of custom GIS and data analysis needs through these tutorials and help from technical support staff.  CI also has a range of contract offerings for bigger GIS or data analysis training needs or special jobs.  ciBioBase is more than an algorithm, it is a service that helps lake managers and researchers more efficiently and precisely measure the aquatic systems they are charged with understanding and managing.