Global Mapper v25.0

Reading MB System files

dhite
dhite Global Mapper User
edited April 2014 in Elevation Data
Hi,

I am attempting to import .MB56 files containing processed multibeam data into Global Mapper. I've had a look at the file types list and don't readily see this type. Is it possible to import these files? If not, can this be a feature for the future?

Thanks,
Damian

Comments

  • global_mapper
    global_mapper Administrator
    edited April 2014
    Damian,

    Do you have a sample .mb56 format file? We don't currently support that format explicitly, but if it's just a simple text format you might be able to to load it with File->Open Generic ASCII Text File.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Guru
    geohelp@bluemarblegeo.com
    Blue Marble Geographics for Coordinate Conversion, Image Reprojection and Vector Translation
  • dhite
    dhite Global Mapper User
    edited April 2014
    Hi Mike,

    Attached is a small sample file. The file sizes can be quite big at times.

    MB System is a pretty well know processing system. NOAA use this for all their multibeam processing. Their web site is here.

    MB-System: Mapping the Seafloor

    My issue is that I am not an MB System user, but I get access to these files on a regular basis. Having the ability to read them straight into Global Mapper would be quite helpful.

    The format of the files is binary, so this would require some decoding on your side if you decide to implement the feature.

    Thanks,
    Damian
  • global_mapper
    global_mapper Administrator
    edited April 2014
    Damian,

    Thanks for the sample and links. I have created a todo item (#13593) for adding MB56 support. This forum thread is linked so we will post here when we add support.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Guru
    geohelp@bluemarblegeo.com
    Blue Marble Geographics for Coordinate Conversion, Image Reprojection and Vector Translation
  • naugustin
    naugustin Global Mapper User Trusted User
    Is there any news on this item? I also have a lot of MB-System files here (*.mb15 files from the NOAA bathymetric data viewer site) but need to convert them all first before I can load them into GM.
  • bmg_bob
    bmg_bob Global Mapper Programmer
    This item has not been implemented yet.  I will add your name to the enhancement request, since having more users request a feature helps bump up its priority, but I can't make any promises as to when it might get done.
  • krabill
    krabill Global Mapper User
    Hello, Digging up an old thread here.  I would like to add myself to the list of users requesting .mb56 support. 
  • bmg_bob
    bmg_bob Global Mapper Programmer
    Hello,
    krabill said:
    Hello, Digging up an old thread here.  I would like to add myself to the list of users requesting .mb56 support. 

    Your name has been added to the feature request.  Thank you.

    Cheers,
    Bob
  • We are investigating implementing read support for mbsystems formats. Is there still interest in this support? Is the main goal in reading the NOAA data as a point cloud / grid? 
  • Katrina said:
    We are investigating implementing read support for mbsystems formats. Is there still interest in this support? Is the main goal in reading the NOAA data as a point cloud / grid? 
    It would be an amazing feature. Yes.
  • Tomer
    Tomer Global Mapper User
    In the meantime until this feature is implemented, here's how to convert any format of MB-system data into XYZ (example shown with .mb56 but can be used with any other MB-system extension instead):

    ls *.mb56 > tmp
    mbdatalist -F-1 -Itmp > LISTNAME.mb-1
    mblist -ILISTNAME.mb-1 -F-1 -D3 > FILENAME.txt

    Hope this helps!

    Cheers,
    Tomer
  • Following up on an old thread, has a read support system for mbsystems formats been implemented? I'm trying to use NOAA Bathymetric data sets stored in .mb21, .mb41, .mb58, and .mb183 files in Global Mapper v25.0 but it seems like only .mb56 is compatible. If not, is there any way to convert the data into .mb56 files?

    Thanks

  • bmg_mike
    bmg_mike Global Mapper Guru Moderator, Trusted User

    It looks like we just support MB56, but have an internal todo item GM-574 for supporting MB-58. I've bumped that up so we will hopefully be able to see how difficult that will be before our v26.0 release. Hopefully MB-58 (and others) are very similar to MB56 so it is simple to add support.

    Thanks,

    Mike

    Global Mapper Guru