Transverse Gradiometer Frame
from Geomatrix

The Geomatrix Transverse Gradiometer (TVG) frame offers a simple solution for unexploded ordinance mitigation, pipeline tracking or for simply finding lost objects. The design of the TVG frame enables the Geometrics G-882 caesium vapour magnetometers (with or without altimeters) to be connected via the standard nose cone which eliminates the requirement of unnecessary additional fixtures and fittings. The TVG frame exploits the innate hydrodynamic properties of the G-882 tow fish to minimise the inline drag enabling a 1:6 layback to depth ratio.

The Geomatrix TVG frame (2016 design) fitted with 2 G-882 marine magnetometers, and the Geomatrix Telemetry system.
The Geomatrix TVG frame (2016 design) fitted with 2 G-882 marine magnetometers, and the Geomatrix Telemetry system.

The in-line drag force of the TVG frame is less than 50Kg at typical survey speeds (4 knots) and therefore can be deployed with up to a 100m soft tow cable and 30V top end power supply or with up to a 6km wire line when deployed with a Geometrics telemetry system. The 1.5m front spar assembly maintains the lateral offset of the sensors and provides a ridged mount from which the frame can be towed. The spar also provides additional protection to the G-882 if it is run aground, improving the chances of recovering the system.

TVG frame connected to wireline via telemetry unit.
TVG frame connected to wireline via telemetry unit.

The long A frame arms isolate the tow assembly from the magnetometer sensors. By locating the tow assembly a significant distance from the sensors it is possible to install the wet end telemetry electronics onto the tow assembly and connect the wire line clevis directly to the TVG frame removing the need to have a soft umbilical tow cable.

In addition the tow assembly offers the operator the option to install a USBL beacon onto the frame, improving the operator’s confidence in controlling the position and depth of the frame, which is particularly important when deploying two frames simultaneously. Field tests indicate the sensitivity of the G-882 magnetometers is not impacted by the placement of of a telemetry bottle and USBL on the tow assembly.

The length of the A frame arms in combination with the spar assembly significantly simplifies the procedure of deploying and recovering the system and reduces the risk of damaging the instrumentation.

Product Dimensions

Physical Dimensions (L x W x H) Weight
Transverse Gradiometer Frame (instrument only) 287cm x 150cm x 50cm 30kg

Technical Specifications

Traverse Gradient: 1.5m
Layback ratio: 1:6 @ 4 knots in slack water
Inline drag: 4 knots = 40kg
8 knots = 70kg
Maximum tow cable length: 100m soft tow cable with 30V supply.
300m steel tow cable with Geomatrix telemetry system.
6km steel tow cable with Geometrics telemetry system.


Contents Dimensions (L x W x H) Weight
Case 1
TVG frame (only)
183cm x 51cm x 16cm 40kg