Lake Bathymetric Surveying Services

Comprehensive Lake Mapping for Effective Management and Planning

Lake Bathymetric Surveying Services

LakeTech is one of a select group Navico Biobase Ambassadors in the world! Navico, is one of the largest manufacturers of specialized marine electronics sonar equipment such as Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-Map. Ambassadors like LakeTech are selected for their demonstrated knowledge/competency of survey data collection procedures.

  • Know the precise maximum and average depth, volume and shape of your pond to properly size and install an aeration system.

  • Know accurate water volume to a properly calculate the rate of product applications.

  • Identify areas of sediment deposition.

  • Prepare estimates for dredging projects.

Fit for purpose mapping

The accuracy of a bathymetric map is dependent on the experience level of your hydrographer, not the cost of their equipment! Most lakes and ponds do not require survey-grade mapping to get the data they need. Lakes and ponds are constantly changing due to erosion, wind and rain. Consumer-grade technology has advanced sufficiently to the point that in the right hands it can produce equally accurate maps. LakeTech provides fit-for-purpose, low-cost mapping services to get you the data you need to answer the questions you have. Nothing more, nothing less. 

Types of Bathymetric Surveys

There are two primary types of bathymetric mapping: single-beam and multi-beam surveys.

  • Single-beam surveys: In this method, a single beam of sonar is emitted from a boat, and the echoes of that beam are used to calculate the depth of the lake at that point. Single-beam surveys provide a less detailed view of the lake, but they are faster and less expensive.

  • Multi-beam surveys: This method uses multiple beams of sonar to create a much more detailed three-dimensional map of the lake. Multi-beam surveys take longer and are more expensive than single-beam surveys, but they provide more information and are useful for more complex projects.

Vegetation Mapping

In addition to bathymetric mapping, we also offer vegetation mapping to identify and map the various types and amount of aquatic vegetation present in your lake.

Our vegetation maps provide information about the distribution and density of the vegetation and are useful for habitat assessment and management.

Soil Hardness

LakeTech also offers soil hardness mapping for sediment analysis. This kind of mapping provides information about the hardness or softness of the lake bottom sediment which is useful for identifying areas with reduced water quality, prone to erosion, or as habitats for fish and other aquatic species. Information on sediment hardness is crucial for managing lakes that will promote a desirable aquatic ecosystem.

Why Make a Bathymetric Survey?

Bathymetric surveys provide important information about the depth and topography of your lake, which is essential for effective lake and pond management. Here are some reasons why you might consider a bathymetric survey for your lake or pond:

  • Habitat Assessment: The aquatic environment is an essential habitat for various aquatic species. The survey would produce a better understanding of the water body, which can help determine if the aquatic habitat is healthy and can support the organisms found in the water.

  • Water Quality: Water quality data obtained through this survey is essential for setting objectives and aims of the Lake to improve the quality of the water. Managing nutrient levels, including phosphorus and nitrogen that enter your lake can improve water quality and reduce the growth of organisms like algae.

  • Safety: Depth information is a significant factor that determines the safety of certain activities on the lake. Bathymetric surveys can detect underwater hazards like rocks, logs, or other debris that could harm boaters or swimmers. It can also be used to plan dredging and excavation projects, and to design and maintain safe water levels.

In addition to these reasons, bathymetric surveys are also useful for identifying problems related to erosion and sediment quality, planning construction or maintenance projects, and determining the overall health of the lake. Contact us today to learn more about how a bathymetric survey can benefit your lake management planning.

The Importance of a Map in Sizing a Lake Aeration System

Proper lake aeration is essential for maintaining a healthy aquatic environment. Lake aeration systems improve water quality by supplying oxygen to the water, reducing the risk of algae blooms, and preventing stratification. However, the effectiveness of your lake aeration system is dependent on the size of your lake.

One part of ensuring the correct sizing of your aeration system is having a detailed map of your lake. A highly accurate and detailed map of your lake can help identify areas with poor water quality, identify the areas of murky sediment, and promote better water circulation.

Without a map, it can be challenging to adequately size an aeration system. An improperly installed aeration system may not provide enough oxygen to keep the water healthy, or provide too much oxygen that could harm aquatic life.

Having a detailed map of your lake is crucial for effective lake and pond management. At LakeTech, we provide comprehensive and accurate bathymetric surveying services, which include detailed mapped topography information.  This information can help size the aeration system to ensure that it is both effective and efficient.

Contact us today to learn more about how our bathymetric surveying services and detailed mapped information can assist you in properly sizing your lake aeration system.

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