Processing Efficiencies Realized with Latest HIPS and SIPS

Wrecks located in Apra Harbor, Guam. Alexander Unrein of Ocean Surveys Inc. used HIPS and SIPS software to process multibeam data to produce this image.CARIS, the world's leading marine GIS organization, has today released a 64-bit version of its comprehensive hydrographic processing software HIPS and SIPS.

HIPS and SIPS 7.1 with 64-bit support will provide users who have access to a 64-bit computer the ability to handle large multibeam sonar datasets even faster. This will provide organizations with significant timesavings, which is crucial for marine surveying organizations that wish to make efficiencies.

64-bit versions allow much more data to be loaded into system memory, enabling operations to take place more efficiently. In-house tests revealed that the CUBE surface creation and Merge processes are now 15-30% faster respectively.

HIPS and SIPS supports over 40 sonar and LiDAR formats, allowing it to process data from virtually any system configuration. The software also includes the latest seafloor classification tools and workflows, allowing the optimum amount of information to be extracted from organizations' seafloor measurements.

Corey Collins, HIPS and SIPS Product Manager, enthuses about what the latest release means to CARIS' clients: "With this release of HIPS and SIPS we have listened carefully to what our clients have requested. They are telling the team here that support for 64-bit processing power is becoming a priority due to the increasing size of their sonar data. They are telling us that they want the most stable hydrographic processing application available on the market. We are happy that we are able to deliver on these priorities with the release of HIPS and SIPS 7.1."

A new license string will be required to make use of the new 7.1 features. Each of the individual licences are unique and will only work with the corresponding HIPS and SIPS 7.1 software, as well as earlier versions. License strings are available through CARIS' Online Customer Service website, or by contacting

Clients that do not currently have subscription should contact to find out how to join the program.

To learn more about HIPS and SIPS and how it can benefit your organization please visit

Published 2011-04-15

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