Generic sensor format

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The generic sensor format (GSF) is a file format used for storing bathymetry data, such as that gathered by a multibeam echosounder.[1] The format was created by Scott Ferguson and Daniel A. Chayes.[2]

Up until 2013, specifications and source code for a library to read and write GSF files were available from Science Applications International Corporation's Maritime division.[3] When SAIC was restructured and renamed to Leidos, the GSF project was retained by Leidos. As of March 2014, Leidos' website includes a page about GSF, but specifications and source code are not downloadable.[1]

The GSF library documentation states that it "may be distributed without restriction", but contains no license for use.[4]


GSF is supported by the following software packages:


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  2. ^ "Use of a Generic sensor format to store multibeam data". IEEE Oceans. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
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  4. ^ gsf_lib.doc, version 03.04, 8 June 2013, section 1.5 Distribution (as included in, accessed 2014-02-19)
  5. ^ "CARIS HIPS and SIPS Professional". CARIS. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  6. ^ "NaviEdit Release Notes". EIVA Marine Survey Solutions. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  7. ^ "Data formats supported by Fledermaus". Quality Positioning Services B.V. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  8. ^ "MB-System Supported Swath Data Formats". Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  9. ^ "QINSy Side Scan Sonar". Quality Positioning Services B.V. Retrieved 2013-07-17.