About us

Our Team

Engineering excellence

Our dynamic engineering team has over 100 years combined experience at the leading edge of sonar design and competencies derived from many aligned and relevant engineering and maritime disciplines.

Dr. John Chapman
Programmes Director

Dr. Rob Crook
Research Director

Paul Badger
Managing Director

Andy Millar
Head of Sales

Peter Tomlinson
Head of Engineering

Phil Parish
Head of Operations

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Our Values

Making the underwater world visible

We solve the mysteries of the deep through the development of world-leading sonar products.
  • Real-world Solutions
  • Best in class
  • No detail overlooked
  • Work with Integrity
  • Forward as one

Our History

Wavefront Systems throughout the years

Wavefront was founded in 2004 with a mission to develop imaging sonar systems for maritime security, defence and civilian markets. Wavefront was acquired by Sonardyne Group in 2008. From 2022 onwards Wavefront Systems will operate as a standalone Covelya Group company continuing to develop leading-edge new
sonar products.

Our Story

Over the Years

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2004

Wavefront Systems founded

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2007
Launch of Sentinel IDS in conjunction with Sonardyne International Ltd
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2008
Wavefront acquired by Sonardyne Group Ltd
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2011
Release of Solstice Multi-Aperture Side-scan sonar under the Sonardyne brand

First trials of NOAS Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar on manned submersible

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2012
First deployment of Sentry-W Integrity Monitoring Sonar in Gulf of Mexico
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2017
First deployment of Sentry-B Integrity Monitoring sonar off Papua New Guinea

Trials of CO2 leak monitoring systems in the North Sea for CCS storage site integrity monitoring

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2018
First Ship Protection Sonar System (combined Sentinel and NOAS) fitted to first mega yacht
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2020
Redeveloped NOAS to improve form factor, range and cost to create Vigilant Forward Looking Sonar under Sonardyne brand
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2022
Wavefront relaunched as an independent company within Covelya Group. Sentinel, Solstice, Vigilant and Sentry products transferred into Wavefront

Our Group Companies

Covelya Group

We’re part of Covelya Group, a family of companies which operates in a wide range of sectors within the offshore energy, ocean science, maritime security, shipping and water monitoring. Together we develop, manufacture, sell and support instruments, systems and solutions worldwide.

Companies within the group support the exploration of the world’s oceans and waters. Our combined innovative products, technologies and solutions are used in a vast array of scenarios which continue to grow as the world awakens to the resources available from its waters.

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