CAD Maps Ocean Floor

by Daniel Morse, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,
Ted Jones, Engr.; Naval Facilities Engrg. Command, 2217 N. Dearing St., Alexandria, VA 22302,
Paul Ketrick, Engr.; Naval Facilities Engrg. Command, 2217 N. Dearing St., Alexandria, VA 22302,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 10, Pg. 82-83


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: This article describes the Navy's use of computer aided design to map-out a 250 sq mi expansion of an anti-submarine warfare training facility in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Three hundred new miles of cable routes, connecting underwater sensors to land-based data collectors, were designed and plotted using CAD, saving over six man-months of time compared to traditional hand calculations and map-drawing techniques. CAD produced detailed maps to ease the installation of the cables and measured the exact amount of cable needed to cover the changing terrain of the ocean floor. The Navy plans to expand their use of CAD for underwater mapping in the future.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Underwater surveys | Mapping

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