- How to install the ISS360 sonar on the Blueye X3
- How to connect the PC Software to the ISS360 sonar
- How to use the ISS360 Sonar
- Operation Manual
For general information about how the use of sonars can help improve ROV navigation and operation in low to zero visibility water we highly recommend reading our in-depth article.
The ISS360 Sonar is a mechanical scanning sonar for navigation and imaging. It has a 90 meter (295 foot) range, 4000 meter (13 123 foot) depth rating. As a very compact imaging sonar, the ISS360 is ideal for navigation, obstacle avoidance, and target identification sonar.
When the ISS360 sonar is installed on the Blueye X3, you need a PC connected to the Blueye network with Windows operating system and the Seaview software from Impact subsea installed to operate the sonar.
How to install the ISS360 Sonar on the Blueye X3
To install the ISS360 Sonar on the Blueye X3, you need the customized plastic side and back covers, bouancy and mounting kit from Blueye Robotics. If the ISS360 sonar was ordered together with the Blueye X3, this step will have been performed by Blueye prior to shipment and as standard, only the custom parts will be delivered with the drone.
Attaching other equipment on the top of the X3 may reduce the quality of sonar data from the ISS360, as it can interfere with the hydro acoustics waves from and to the sonar.
The ISS360 Scanning Sonar is compatible with all Guest Ports (GP1, GP2, GP3).
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How to connect the PC software to the ISS360 sonar
To operate to the ISS360 sonar, you need a PC connected to the Blueye Network with the Seaview Software from Impact Subsea installed. The Seaview software requires Windows 7 or later operating system running.
The ISS360 sonar use the ethernet connection on the Blueye network to communicate with the Seaview software. The Blueye Surface Unit has DHCP enabled by default, so the PC and the ISS360 will automatically be allocated an IP address on the network. Should you need to use static IP on the PC, the IP of the surface unit is 192.168.1.1 and IP of the ISS360 is 192.168.1.200. The PC should be configured to have a compatible IP address (for example 192.168.1.100).
When launched, the Seaview software on the PC will automaticly scan for connected sonars on avaliable communication ports, and the ISS360 will be displayed in the "Devices" section of Seaview. For more details see the Installation and Operation manual for the ISS360 on the Impact Subseas web pages, or download the manual as PDF at the bottom of this page.
For using a wired connection between the Blueye Surface unit and the PC, please check out our support article for wired connection.
Sonar Boot: The black boot end of the ISS360 sonar is oil filled under vacuum to remove all air. DO NOT unscrew the boot from the sonar as the oil will escape and the sonar will require to be refilled with oil.
How to use the ISS360 Sonar
Start up the Blueye X3 as normal, and connect the PC with the Seaview software to the Blueye Network. Launch the Seaview software, and for wait for it to find the ISS360 sonar on the network. Select the ISS360 sonar by left clicking the unit in the "devices" section, then left click on the "ISS360 App" on the left-hand side of the screen. The ISS360 sonar application will now automatically start to scan.
The ISS360 is a highly robust Sonar which has been designed to require minimal maintenance. Due to this there are no user serviceable components. Following use, the sonar should be rinsed in fresh water to remove particles and salt deposits. If required a light detergent (such as that used to clean household dishes) can be used. Following rinsing, the sonar should be dried with a cloth.
For further instructions on using the Seaview software, please see the Installation and Operation Manual.
Do not use solvents to clean the unit!
Do not expose the connector to extended periods of heat or direct sunlight. If a connector becomes very dry, it should be soaked in fresh water before use.
The following video shows a demonstration of the ISS360 sonar attached to a Blueye X3 drone.