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Lake Mapping

Aquatic Environmental Services has been providing professional hydrographic surveys (lake mapping) since 2002. We work directly with government organizations, lake associations, engineers, developers, and private lake owners.

With a hydrographic survey, we measure, model, and describe the physical features of lakes as well as predict/record change over time. Hydrographic surveys quantify the depth and form of the “lake floor” utilizing a variety of sonar systems Over the years we have developed different levels of mapping to fit our customers’ needs and budgets.

Professional Grade Mapping: With our partnership with The Mapping Network, AES can provide high-resolution hydrographic surveys that comply with International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards and US Army Corps of Engineer Hydrographic Surveying Manual EM1110-2-1003 standards. With sound quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) procedures, these hydrographic surveys meet or exceed local, state, federal and country requirements.

The professional grade sonar equipment used for this level of mapping records “backscatter” allowing analysts to review and ensure the sonar is tracking the reservoir floor. This is crucial to the accuracy of the survey because of the various factors that can interfere with the sonar (vegetation, liquid sludge, etc.).

Professional Grade Mapping has a variety of uses including a baseline for monitoring sediment, water volume, management, biologic, and dredging activities.For lake owners who are concerned with sedimentation issues or interested in dredging services, this professional level of mapping is required to survey the lake with a high level of accuracy.

Recreational Grade Mapping: This level of mapping is less accurate than our Professional Grade Mapping. Data used for this level of mapping is collected with common depth finders. This data is analyzed and used to create a lake map using a software program “in-house”.

The Recreation Grade Maps are an invaluable tool that provides the information needed to determine proper aeration system sizing, fish habitat placement, herbicide, and algaecide calculations, etc. For lake owners interested in any of these services, creating a recreation map is highly recommended as the initial step.