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.
Here are the top new features in the latest release of HIPS and SIPS.
AUG 08, 2019
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 more information about the new licensing technology and how it will affect your organization contact Customer Services, or visit License FAQ.
JUN 06, 2018
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.
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.
A new application interface provides a consistent user experience across the CARIS product line when filtering, grouping, and setting up display properties, such as:
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 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.
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.
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|Single Beam Bathymetry||
|Side Scan Imagery|
|Water Column Imagery (WCI)/Multiple Detections|
|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.
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Recent generation multi-core CPU
16 GB of RAM
7200 RPM disk drive or Solid State Drive, minimum 1 GB available for installation
NVidia® or AMD® display adapter, with an OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU, with 2GB of memory or greater
Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit or Windows 7® Professional 64-bit with SP1