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This paper discusses design control techniques used to design ultrasonic pulse echo method based remote surface detector to detect objects with porous, un-even, irregular surfaces like snow. For such surfaces there is ample possibility of scatter of reflected beam in multiple directions, absorption of ultrasonic energy within the pores and reflected energy too feeble to detect. In some cases the reflected beam may altogether miss the receiver resulting in no surface detection at all. Scatter and penetration of ultrasonic energy at such irregular porous uneven surfaces poses great difficulties in designing a reliable Remote Surface detector. In this paper, we have presented a comprehensive set of various design techniques to develop a highly reliable remote surface detector. Experimental investigations have resulted into a highly accurate and reliable snow surface detector device being used in deep Himalayan regions for snow avalanche forecasting equipment.