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Neutrally Buoyant Sensor Apparatus and Method for Mapping a Water Pathway

Abstract: 

An apparatus and method for mapping a water pathway. A group of sensors can be employed for detecting one or more features associated with the water pathway in a direction of flow through the water pathway. A buoyant vessel maintains the sensors, and the sensors assist in compiling data indicative of the detected features. The velocity in the direction of flow through the water pathway can be then determined based on data indicative of the detected feature(s). A mapping of the water pathway can be thereafter generated utilizing the velocity with respect to the features detected by the sensors.

Patent Number: 
8,165,814
Date Of Issue: 
04/24/2012
Inventors: 

Joshua Douglas Kenney; Ronald Nelson McGinnis Jr.; Gregory Charles Willden; Ben Allen Abbott; Ronald Thomas Green