CARIS Onboard

Bringing Efficiency to Survey Operations

Built on decades of hydrographic data processing expertise, and supported by the highly scalable CSAR framework, CARIS Onboard enables users to apply automated processes to their data in near real-time, resulting in minimized data conversion and processing times. Large volumes of data are automatically imported and the trusted HIPS and SIPS™ algorithms are applied. It can be easily configured to output data products, such as DEMs and image mosaics, which are kept up to date as new data is automatically processed.

By making the processed products available to staff during survey operations, CARIS Onboard helps improve survey efficiency, reduces the deliverable turnaround time, and allows skilled workers to focus on the tough stuff.

New Features in version 2

The release of CARIS Onboard 2.3 introduces the new CARIS Mira AI platform and the Sonar Noise Classifier.

FEB 27, 2020

Introducing CARIS Mira AI

The Teledyne CARIS team is committed to leveraging the latest technology for our customers with the creation of the CARIS Mira AI platform.

CARIS Mira AI is a new cloud-based platform to host our current and future AI solutions. Backed by Amazon Web Services (AWS), offering a robust, scalable cloud platform means no additional desktop hardware is required to move users into the future of processing.

With these evolving technologies, our AWS-certified team is focused on the safety and security of your data while it's in our care: all data directed to the CARIS Mira AI platform is anonymized, randomized and encrypted before transmission. For additional security, no data remains stored on the cloud following the AI classification process. 

AI technologies and cloud services are the new force multiplier to reduce Ping-to-Chart times. Let CARIS future-proof your processing pipeline.

Try It for Yourself

New to CARIS?

New and existing users can take advantage of our #BRINGTHENOISE promotion and access a free 30-day trial of HIPS Essential to test drive this exciting technology with zero risk to your current production workflow.

Already a CARIS User?

For current HIPS and SIPS or CARIS Onboard users, unleash the power of AI right now by signing up for your free 30-day trial. Once activated, provide your account credentials in HIPS 11.3+ or CARIS Onboard 2.3+ to immediately save time in your workflow.

Sonar Noise Classifier

We invite you to bring the noise with the first CARIS Mira AI offering, the Sonar Noise Classifier!

CARIS seeks to significantly reduce the need for manual cleaning and move your data swiftly from acquisition to review.  The Sonar Noise Classifier automatically identifies the vast majority of sonar noise, resulting in a reduction of manual cleaning effort by a factor of up to 10x at an accuracy of 95%.

The Sonar Noise Classifier is trained to identify a variety of noise patterns from acoustic sensors. The algorithm assigns confidence values​ for all soundings on a scale of 0 to 100% with 100% indicating the classifier's highest confidence that the sounding is noise. Soundings can be rejected while running the Sonar Noise Classifier by setting your confidence threshold value. 

By leveraging the Sonar Noise Classifier during the survey through CARIS Onboard, raw sonar data is fully processed, cleaned and put into a final product, autonomously and in realtime. The powerful combination of Onboard and the Sonar Noise Classifier allows the possibility of having a processed and cleaned dataset by the time your survey is finished, allowing the final quality review efforts to be substantially reduced.

Allow us to help you tackle your data backlog save your personnel for the tasks a machine cannot do.

Choose to purchase access to the Sonar Noise Classifier service on a yearly, or month by month subscription basis for a customized software solution to meet processing needs. CARIS invites you to try it for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

AUG 28, 2019

Automatic Extents
While setting up a process model for Onboard, the Extents option is no longer required, and the surface extents will automatically update to match the incoming data.

To help improve the Onboard user experience, CARIS has implemented the most commonly requested feature in the release of Onboard 2.2, automatic extents. With this new workflow you no longer need to define extents prior to the creation of a surface or mosaic. During a survey the new CSAR format will allow the extents to automatically adjust to the incoming data as it is added to the coverage, which means the surface will always contain all processed data, without needing to manually adjust the process model between surveys.

Note: If a coverage is created with fixed extents, the CSAR file is fully backwards compatible. However, if you need to use an automatic extents CSAR in previous versions of CARIS software, use the right click→ 'Save As' on the coverage in the Onboard Viewer application to create a fixed extent copy once all data has been added to the coverage.


SIPS Backscatter
Reson T-50 Normalized Backscatter Imagery
Source: Environment Agency

Following the release of the new SIPS Backscatter engine with WMA gridding with area-based AVG in HIPS and SIPS™ 11.2, the new Backscatter engine is now available in CARIS Onboard 2.2. The new engine implements a weighted moving average (WMA) gridding technique which better handles the geometry of multi-sector systems, prevents over-interpolation of data, and allows smoothing the mosaic by adjusting the radius of influence for each cell. Along with the WMA gridding engine, an industry-first area-based AVG correction is also introduced which uses information from overlapping lines during the AVG computation to ensure consistent corrections are applied across the mosaic. Releasing the new backscatter engine in Onboard 2.2 will allow high quality backscatter mosaics to be automatically produced on the vessel during the survey.


MAR 18, 2019

Scalable Bandwidth

The release of CARIS Onboard 2.1 includes a new way to connect to the Onboard Service with the release of Control Centre Lite. Control Centre is a streamlined interface for controlling and monitoring automated data processing, and is centered around a live updating web-map streaming processed data for real-time and remote quality control. As the new addition, Control Centre Lite provides all of the same tools, however it is designed to perform better in low bandwidth situations by only updating the web-map when the user requests it. With this extension to Control Centre, the surveyor has control over when data is or is not transferred, providing capabilities to review data during moments of optimal bandwidth availability.

Combining the three methods of connecting to the live processed surface from Onboard,(through the CARIS application, Control Centre, and Control Centre Lite), the surveyor has the ability to scale the amount and frequency of information, to match the amount of bandwidth available to use at any point during operations. This ensures that the surveyor is able to have a clear representation of how operations are progressing and that any issues which may arise are identified at the time they happen, not after the survey is complete, when it is too late to make corrections.


Standalone Capability

The release also includes the new application "Onboard Viewer". Onboard Viewer is installed along with CARIS Onboard providing a much improved user interface for configuring the Onboard service, including tools for setting the license and setting the environment for Onboard. The Onboard Viewer also provides the HIPS Vessel, Tide and SVP Editors and provides a platform for connecting to the Onboard Service with the ability to open background files.

When combined with recently released processes for exporting processed data to interchange formats such as GSF and ASCII, the addition of Onboard Viewer now allows CARIS Onboard to operate independent of any other post processing software. The installation of CARIS Onboard now includes all tools required to configure a data processing workflow, process raw data live on the survey platform, and export the full resolution processed data or generated products to a variety of interchange formats for use in any other software package. With this new capability CARIS Onboard can bring the benefits of automated processing and remote QC to any processing workflow.


New Licensing Technology

CARIS Onboard 2.1 incorporates new licensing technology which will bring several benefits to our end users. Please note that the new license technology is not compatible with previous versions of the software, and your existing license configuration is still required for those versions. Please contact Teledyne CARIS customer support to receive your new license.

This upgraded licensing is softkey based, so no physical dongles are required; a license Entitlement will be created for software activation. This presents several benefits:

    • Convenient and easy activation (online or offline)
    • No separate licensing tool
    • Faster software purchase and setup
    • The elimination of physical hardware removes the possibility of damage or loss

For more information about the new licensing technology and how it will affect your organization contact Customer Services, or visit License FAQ.


MAR 13, 2018

New Control Centre

Focused around the latest web map technology, the redesigned Control Centre dynamically controls and monitors the automated system. Products generated including surfaces, backscatter mosaics, and the survey track lines are live-streamed during acquisition and accessed through a web browser. By providing access to processed products in a web application, the new Control Centre allows review of a survey dataset from any device with a network connection to the vessel. This increased access allows information about survey operations to be accessible when and where needed.


Simplified Installation Process

The installation of CARIS Onboard has been redesigned to allow for a simple installation and configuration procedure. As part of the simplification process, the server environment is built into the CARIS Onboard installation allowing all components to be installed with a single executable. A default environment is deployed with CARIS Onboard, so no configuration is required for most common installations. For the installations which vary from the default, all settings are now updated in a single easy-to-edit file.


Improved File Monitor

Focused around the latest web map technology, the redesigned Control Centre dynamically controls and monitors the automated system. Products generated including surfaces, backscatter mosaics, and the survey track lines are live-streamed during acquisition and accessed through a web browser. By providing access to processed products in a web application, the new Control Centre allows review of a survey dataset from any device with a network connection to the vessel. This increased access allows information about survey operations to be accessible when and where needed.


Process Designer Updates

Process Designer has several usability updates to make it easier to design and validate a processing workflow. These updates include applying a modern design which makes it easier and more intuitive to interact with the application and design a Process Model.

A full list of enhancements is available to subscription members on the CARIS Customer Support site.

Technical Specifications

CARIS Onboard



Recent generation multi-core CPU


8 GB of RAM


7200 RPM disk drive or Solid State Drive, minimum 1 GB available for installation

Operating System

Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit


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