readers.mbio

The mbio reader allows sonar bathymetry data to be read into PDAL and treated as data collected using LIDAR sources. PDAL uses the MB-System library to read the data and therefore supports all formats supported by that library. Some common sonar systems are NOT supported by MB-System, notably Kongsberg, Reson and Norbit. The mbio reader reads each “beam” of data after averaging and processing by the MB-System software and stores the values for the dimensions ‘X’, ‘Y’, ‘Z’ and ‘Amplitude’. X and Y use longitude and latitude for units and the Z values are in meters (negative, being below the surface). Units for ‘Amplitude’ is not specified and may vary.

Example

This reads beams from a sonar data file and writes points to a LAS file.

{
  "pipeline":[
    {
      "type" : "readers.mbio",
      "filename" : "shipdata.m57",
      "format" : "MBF_EM3000RAW"
    },
    {
      "type":"writers.las",
      "filename":"outputfile.las"
    }
  ]
}

Options

filename
Filename to read from [Required]
format
Name of number of format of file being read. See MB-System documentation for a list of all formats. [Required]