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Published in Hydraulic Engineering: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions: Proceedings of the Hydraulic Engineering sessions at Water Forum ’92. Baltimore, Maryland, August 2–6, 1992. Published by American Society of Civil Engineers.


Ultrasonic surface detectors were installed on the us Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge WHEELER for measuring dredge production. Ultrasonic sensors were installed over the bow and stern of the vessel, port and starboard, to measure vessel draft as a function of dredged material load in the hopper. Four ultrasonic sensors were installed over the hopper to measure the bin water depth in the hopper. This paper describes the ultrasonic sensor operation and installation, and data acquisition and analysis for the test series.