Gold Coast, Australia mayor Tom Tate recently took the opportunity to publicize the city’s latest weapon in its extensive arsenal aimed at protecting the coastline – the S.A.M Jet. The Sand Activity Monitoring Jet Ski, which is the name given to the recently acquired CEE HydroSystems CEE JET™ by city staff is equipped with the latest technology in GPS and sonar allowing the collection of hydrographic survey data through the wave zone. The mayor explained that the City will be able to capture vastly more data compared to previous methods that were based on laborious land surveying procedures, creating a more accurate record of sand movement along the coast.
“Traditionally, this data was collected by three officers physically walking and swimming through the surf zone with an extended survey pole,” Cr Tate said. “The S.A.M Jet is safer and more efficient and allows us to capture more information within short, limited weather windows”. Cr Tate said the City’s sand monitoring program was an integral part of the Ocean Beaches Strategy and ensured beaches were maintained and the coastline protected. “We are committed to ensuring our world-renowned beaches remain clean, healthy, safe and accessible so everyone can enjoy their own beach experience.”
Reporters from Australia’s Channel 9 News were on hand to follow the S.A.M Jet story. Click to watch the news report: