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Mapping the Erie Canal System With Xometry CNC Machined Parts, Sonar, and a Jon Boat

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Source: Xometry
November 2, 2023
Mapping the Erie Canal System With Xometry CNC Machined Parts, Sonar, and a Jon Boat

Discover how McLaren Engineering Group used Xometry’s CNC machining service to create adjustable brackets for a multi-beam sonar system surveying New York’s waterways.

Project Brief: McLaren Engineering Group, a U.S.-based multidisciplinary engineering and survey firm with a dedicated marine division that specializes in waterfront construction consulting, was tasked with mapping the underwater topography of New York City’s canal system. To do this, they would need to use a multi-beam sonar system to gather accurate bathymetric data. There was just one problem: the brackets the device came with were not designed to be mounted onto small Jon boats, ideal vessels that were better able to navigate shallow, narrow areas in the canal system.

Solution: The team at McLaren turned to Xometry to produce precisely machined metal brackets that allowed them to not only mount the multi-beam system onto Jon boats but also onto a variety of other boats in their fleet, helping them gather valuable data that is being used to inform future waterfront construction projects.


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New York may be most well-known for its feats of engineering that reach high into the sky, but there is also another side to the careful construction around the state. New York’s Canal System stretches across 524 miles, linking the Hudson River to the Great Lakes.

McLaren Engineering Group is a U.S.-based multidisciplinary engineering and survey firm with a dedicated marine division that provides consulting services to help cities and states contend with their most pressing marine and coastal engineering needs. New York is one of many states that has leaned on McLaren to provide valuable data to inform its city planning decisions — from bridge construction to boardwalk repair efforts taken in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Recently, the marine engineering team was tasked with inspecting and surveying infrastructure systems along the Erie Canal.