HIPS & SIPS

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Backed by over 25 years of excellence, the HIPS and SIPS™ suite of products offers essential capabilities and professional grade tools for hydrographic data processing. Supporting over 40 industry standard data formats, HIPS and SIPS can easily integrate into any workflow. It enables you to simultaneously process multibeam, backscatter, side scan sonar, single beam and lidar data. It incorporates the latest in 3D visualization technology for the purpose of hydrography, oceanography and marine science. As part of the Ping-to-Chart workflow, HIPS and SIPS can be easily expanded to meet your wider geospatial needs.


Part of the Ping-to-Chart® solution


New Features in version 11

Released SEP 30, 2021

Teledyne CARIS is pleased to announce the release of CARIS HIPS and SIPS 11.4 which introduces new sound speed and vertical correction options in Subset Editor and opportunities to purchase HIPS and SIPS via a yearly Software as a Service (SaaS) option.



Corrections Mode for Subset Editor

With the rising popularity of autonomous survey vehicles, the need for correcting less than perfect sonar data is also growing. CARIS removes the guesswork with the new Subset Editor Corrections Mode to help address intermittent sound speed or vertical offset issues. Working in subset editor allows users to compare and correct data between nearby lines to ensure best alignment. Multiple corrections can be made throughout the lines to address localized issues for maximum flexibility and interpolation between corrections ensures smooth transitions. Corrections can also be visualized easily for review, or discarded if users wish to revert back to original data states.

ADMIRALTY GAM

Through a partnership with the UK Hydrographic Office, Teledyne CARIS has expanded its AI driven services offered on the CARIS Mira AI platform. The ADMIRALTY GAM Service classifies sonar noise using an enhanced Generalised Additive Model (GAM). This model works through your point cloud data adapting to identify noise within your data set. The model is a cloud-based algorithm which is securely accessed directly from the HIPS and SIPS. The algorithm assigns soundings within your point cloud as noise which can be rejected whilst running the ADMIRALTY GAM Service or can be reviewed in the Subset Editor for further evaluation.

The ADMIRALTY GAM Service has been especially tailored to work with single track multi-beam sonar data such as that collected on a research cruise or voyage. This pairs perfectly with the CARIS Sonar Noise Classifier which is tailored for shallow water systematic surveys. Together the tools bring the benefit of AI for noise removal to a full range of data processing scenarios.

For more information visit https://www.teledynecaris.com/en/products/admiralty-gam


Software as a Service (SaaS) Purchasing Option

Growth of autonomous survey fleets also means licensing needs are changing for our users. CARIS is pleased to offer more flexible options for HIPS and SIPS software licensing in 11.4. In addition to CARIS' current perpetual and leasing purchase options, a new yearly SaaS offering is available at a reduced rate for those users who need to bump up their processing needs for specific projects.


Support for S-102 Bathymetric Surface

In support of S-100 pilot projects and operational testing by early adopters around the globe, CARIS is providing full support to generate S-102 Bathymetric Surface datasets in HIPS & SIPS Professional and BASE Editor. The workflow to generate the S-102 v2.1 (HDF5) datasets is a seamless extension of existing processes and workflows used in bathymetric compilations workflows.

Validated and combined survey data can be concurrently exported to S-102 (including tile options), BAG datasets for exchange, and modelled as contours and sounding features in one workflow, all from a single source. This workflow ensures both efficiency and consistency in the resulting bathymetry. S-102 and other raster datasets can be distributed using the CARIS Cloud web services platform.

Click here to find out more about how to access S-102 datasets in the S-100 Service presented by Canadian Hydrographic Service, Teledyne CARIS and ECC/PRIMAR. Sample datasets are also generously made available by the Canadian Hydrographic Service here. Find out more about how to participate in a free trial of both selected datasets available in the S-100 Service and the SEAiq portable pilot unit software here.

New Python Support

Python scripting is the most flexible way to put HIPS and SIPS to work automating workflows, and now, users can enjoy support for version 3.7. Updating to new versions of Python help safeguard IT infrastructure so join CARIS in upgrading today. Support will continue for Python version 3.5 in HIPS and SIPS to allow smooth transitioning for clients with custom scripts, however, Python 3.4 support has been retired. Based on in house testing, upgrading from Python 3.5 to 3.7 should have minimal impact on user scripts and the same python versions are now supported between HIPS and SIPS 11.4 and BASE Editor 5.5.


JAN 31, 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 is 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

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 10× 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. Subset editor can be used to review noise classification values by coloring by Confidence and editing the threshold for sounding rejection. Allow us to help you tackle your data backlog save your personnel for the tasks a machine cannot do.

Users can 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 30-day free trial.

For more information on the Sonar Noise Classifier, check out the Suggested Reading section on the HIPS and SIPS Product page.

 

Tools Window
In this example, easily add a new smoothing band to a coverage while reviewing contours for charting.

A new use for the existing Process Designer Tools window came about during the 2019 CARIS Hackathon. Using a clever twist on a current procedure, we can help our users move quickly from task to task after porting the searchable Tools list into the main application. Adding the Tools window to your display gives you direct access to a list of all available HIPS and SIPS processes. Simply select a tool from the window or begin typing in the search field to plan your next move. Double click on the process name and you can immediately configure your options.

S-100 ENC Support

Users can now open S-101 ENC files for use as background data in HIPS and SIPS. When opening the S-100 or H20 files, updates in the same directory as the main file are now also loaded and applied. Teledyne CARIS is proud to be leading the industry with our S-100 support in our full production suite.

 


AUG 08, 2019

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

CARIS has been advancing the SIPS backscatter engine to make creating artifact-free and robust backscatter products a simple and autonomous process. Following the release of a new multi-mode beam pattern in HIPS and SIPS 11.1, we are pleased to release a new backscatter gridding engine in HIPS and SIPS 11.2. 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.

Traditional AVG corrections are applied line-by-line with a rolling filter, causing different results to be applied to neighboring lines, which introduces artifacts when the type of sediment changes across-track. As a result, line-based approaches require cosmetic filters to blend the differences to give the appearance of an artifact-free mosaic. In the SIPS backscatter engine, CARIS has implemented an area-based AVG correction which uses any overlapping information to apply an area-based correction computed purely on the physics of seabed acoustic reflectivity. The new area-based AVG correction allows high quality backscatter mosaics to be produced by running a single process.

Expanding Extents

The new extents widget allows the user to set fixed extents to clip data to a specific area, or use automatic extents to dynamically adapt with the incoming data.With the increasing use of multiple platforms on a single survey, it is becoming common to bring multiple datasets together into a single project. To support this workflow, the CSAR format has been updated to allow the extents to automatically expand when new data is added to the coverage. This functionality allows a single surface to be used and maintained as new data from different locations and sources are brought together in the project. Note: If a coverage is created with fixed extents, the CSAR file is fully backwards compatible. However, if you need to use an expanding-extents CSAR in previous versions of CARIS software you can right click→ 'Save As' on the coverage to create a fixed extent copy once all data has been added to the coverage.

Time-dependent Transformation

HIPS and SIPS now supports time-dependent transformations. These coordinate reference system (CRS) transformations have an epoch component that allows for more precise positioning of data.

 


MAY 07, 2019

Additional Support for Drag and Drop Processing

With HIPS and SIPS version 11.1.5, you can now process HSX data by simply dragging and dropping the files onto the Application. This new workflow also allows you to fully customize the processing applied to your data.

 


JAN 23, 2019

Drag and Drop Processing

Following on the introduction of Drag and Drop processing in HIPS and SIPS 11.0, HIPS and SIPS 11.1 now offers the ability to completely customize the workflow applied when sonar files are dropped onto the application. With the ability to customize a separate workflow for each sonar format, you can easily automate your organization's specific workflow to be run through the HIPS Drag and Drop functionality. Through the Options dialogue you can configure HIPS file creation, Import, Georeference Bathymetry and surface generation.

SIPS Backscatter

Understanding the increasing importance of quality backscatter products to our users, CARIS has been working to advance the backscatter processing capabilities of the SIPS Backscatter engine, while maintaining a fully autonomous approach. During most surveys, the focus is on collecting quality depth information using multi-sector sonars with roll pitch and yaw stabilization to ensure consistent coverage, and adjusting settings such as pulse length to ensure the best range and resolution are being achieved. However, these dynamic capabilities in real-time survey can be problematic when processing the backscatter intensity into consistent, usable products.

The Beam Pattern Estimation process in HIPS and SIPS 11.1 for SIPS Backscatter has been enhanced to automatically handle dynamic steered sectors and changes in pulse length / waveform throughout a survey by creating a unique beam pattern for each mode and sector of a multi-sector system. This enhanced technique produces a consistent backscatter image, regardless of the dynamic settings during survey.

Stay tuned as we continue to work throughout the year on introducing further improvements to the SIPS Backscatter Engine.

New Licensing Technology

HIPS and SIPS 11.1 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. 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:

  • For all users:
    • 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 current users in a network license environment, a new license manager is available:
    • Server can be hosted from any computer on the network
    • Convenient and easy server activation
    • Improved license usage transparency: easy to track which licenses are in use, and who is using them
    • New "Commute" function allows user to seamlessly check-out a license from the server for offline use, without needing to switch to a hardware dongle
  • For users traditionally sharing a USB dongle among multiple computers, we recommend that they switch to a network license environment and leverage the “commute” functionality to distribute licenses, including the new check out / check in option for offsite use. This avoids the risks or delays involved with shipping dongles to vessels or remote employees, while keeping control where the licenses are used.
  • If users prefer to stay on the local license environment, the entitlement can be deactivated on one computer and transferred to another computer if needed. Users will need to contact Teledyne CARIS customer services to get assistance in this process.

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

 


JUN 06, 2018

Getting Started in HIPS and SIPS

For users looking for the simplest way to open and process their data, HIPS and SIPS now supports Drag and Drop for raw sensor files. When you drag and drop files onto the application, the raw data is automatically processed, georeferenced, and a gridded surface is created.

 

One Step Processing

The new Georeference Bathymetry function is a single step which initiates Sound Velocity Correction (SVC), Load Tide, Apply Tide, Merge, and Compute Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU). The same trusted algorithms are still applied but with the added benefit of being combined into a single process. This creates a more streamlined user experience requiring less interactions, and eliminates the need to concatenate Sound Velocity Profiles into a single file.

 

Trackline Layers

A new application interface provides a consistent user experience across the CARIS product line when filtering, grouping, and setting up display properties, such as:

  • Selection and draw order are controlled from a single window
  • Layer grouping, with the ability to uniformly change display settings for all layers in a group
  • Improved Properties and Attributes windows

Another new capability is the concept of having Dynamic or Static layers for tracklines. This allows the user to create a rule based layer using any of the trackline attributes. The dynamic trackline layer is a great way to manage your processing workflow, as data can be automatically grouped into layers based on what stage it is at in the process.

 

Process Designer

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

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

Software Suite Options

Which Package Fits Your Needs? Teledyne CARIS™ knows that accuracy and efficiency are all-important in your business, which is why the HIPS and SIPS solution integrates the processing of Sonar and lidar bathymetry, water column and seafloor imagery in a single application.

  SIPS
Essential
HIPS
Essential
HIPS & SIPS
Essential
HIPS
Professional
HIPS & SIPS
Professional
Single Beam Bathymetry  
Sensor data
Multibeam Bathymetry  
Side Scan Imagery    
Multibeam Imagery    
Water Column Imagery (WCI)/Multiple Detections      
Lidar      
Multi-user Processing      
Features
Calibration  
Post-processed Auxiliary Data      
Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU) and CUBE  
IHO QC Tools      
Variable Resolution (VR) Surfaces      
Contouring and Soundings  
Additional GIS Tools      

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

Technical Specifications

HIPS and SIPS
Component

Recommended

Processor

Recent generation multi-core CPU

Memory

16 GB of RAM

Storage

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

Display

NVidia® or AMD® display adapter, with an OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU, with 2GB of memory or greater

Operating System

Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit

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