ASTM D5073 - 02(2013)

    Standard Practice for Depth Measurement of Surface Water

    Active Standard ASTM D5073 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.02

      Format Pages Price  
    PDF 14 $56.00   ADD TO CART
    Hardcopy (shipping and handling) 14 $56.00   ADD TO CART

    Significance and Use

    5.1 This is a general practice intended to give direction in the selection of depth measuring procedures and equipment for use under a wide range of conditions encountered in surface water bodies. Physical conditions at the measuring site, the quality of data required, and the availability of appropriate measuring equipment govern the selection process. A step-by-step procedure for actually obtaining a depth measurement is not discussed. This practice is to be used in conjunction with a practice on positioning techniques and another practice on bathymetric survey procedures to obtain horizontal location and bottom elevations of points on a water body.


    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice guides the user in selection of procedures commonly used to measure depth in water bodies that are as follows:



    Procedure A—Manual Measurement

     6 through 11

    Procedure B—Electronic Sonic-Echo Sounding

    12 through 13

    Procedure C—Electronic Nonacoustic Measurement

    14 through 15

    The text specifies depth measuring terminology, describes measurement of depth by manual and electronic equipment, outlines specific uses of electronic sounders, and describes an electronic procedure for depth measurement other than using sonar.

    1.2 The references cited and listed at the end of this practice contain information that may help in the design of a high quality measurement program.

    1.3 The information provided on depth measurement is descriptive in nature and not intended to endorse any particular item of manufactured equipment or procedure.

    1.4 This practice pertains to depth measurement in quiescent or low-velocity flow. For depth measurement related to stream gaging see Test Method D3858. For depth measurements related to reservoir surveys see Guide D4581.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D3858 Test Method for Open-Channel Flow Measurement of Water by Velocity-Area Method

    D4410 Terminology for Fluvial Sediment

    D4581 Guide for Measurement of Morphologic Characteristics of Surface Water Bodies

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.060.10 (Water of natural resources)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

    Referencing This Standard
    Link Here
    Link to Active (This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.)

    DOI: 10.1520/D5073-02R13

    Citation Format

    ASTM D5073-02(2013), Standard Practice for Depth Measurement of Surface Water, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013,

    Back to Top