DVL doesn't send a real velocity

I am proving the Cerulean DVL in a pool but the velocity doesn’t match with the reality I don’t know if there is something wrong. I am monitoring the values from the parameter send by the DVL known as velocity x. I would like to talk with another customer who already proved its DVL or a support’s person from the company.

Thanks a lot


Pools are terrible environments for sonar devices, especially DVLs. They are very reflective, the reflections are usually very specular, and there are many close-in reflective surfaces. Most sonar system are tuned for natural environments that are quite different acoustically.

We added a section to the user manual here that may help you with your pool testing. Good luck.

Good day

Thanks, but I cant see the information in your link, it says i amnt authorized.
Could you make the information open to the public?

Sorry, I’m having trouble copying the link to the specific section. This should work to get you to the user manual. Under topic " Usage Considerations and Scenarios" look at the section called " Operation in a Pool".

In case you are still having issues, I’ll paste the contents below as well:

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Pools are acoustically quite different when compared to natural aquatic environments and are often difficult for sonar devices, including DVLs. Most pools are very sonically reflective, the reflections are usually very specular, and the reflective surfaces are many and are close to the sonar device. These reflections turn the pool into a mess of interference patterns.

Pools do make convenient testing environments for robotic systems. If you need to test the DVL in a pool, you can try using the recipe below.

The following command (which is the setting we use in our pool) can be sent to the DVL (without the quotes) either directly through the DVL serial or Ethernet interface or by typing it into the command textbox on the CeruleanTracker DVL command window:

“MANUAL-MODE 0.001,5.0,0.5,56,0.1,50,20.6,-0.671,100,100”

To revert to automatic mode, send:


Alternatively, the DVL will revert to automatic mode if you cycle the power.

The second parameter to the command (in this case, “5.0”) sets the maximum range in meters. If you have a very deep pool you can try increasing this number.

The third parameters to the command (in this case, “0.5”) sets the minimum fly height above the pool floor, If you fly below this height the DVL will lose lock. You can try to set this slightly lower, but in no case set it below “0.3”.

If you are still having issues, you can tell us the symptoms and we may be able to help tweak this a little for your pool.

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