Better Results in Less Time

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.

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New Features in version 12

Released SEP 25, 2023

Teledyne Geospatial is pleased to announce the release of CARIS HIPS and SIPS 12, with the introduction of new workflows for multiple frequency datasets and creating/managing vessel files. In addition there are speed improvements and enhancements to automation by adding python support in CARIS process models. Also keep an eye out for an announcement this fall about new purchasing options for HIPS and SIPS making it easier than ever to work with HIPS and SIPS

*Note - An updated license file will be required to use HIPS and SIPS 12.0.0

Vessel Setup Workflow

To better support the increasing variety of sonar installations, HIPS and SIPS 12 introduces a new vessel editor along with a new vessel file format. The new vessel setup workflow includes a setup wizard that will configure the vessel based on make/model of sonar, number of transducers and logging format. Depending on the configuration, fields will be available to define offsets, mounting angles and calibration values (patch test) to all relevant transducers.

An upgrade feature has also been built to provide an easy workflow for converting previous .hvf files to the new .vessel format. The vessel from data workflow will also continue to be available to build a vessel automatically from the offsets stored in imported sonar files.

Multiple Frequency Workflows

To address the gap of having a single unified workflow for extracting the most from multiple frequency datasets, a new workflow has been introduced to simplify extracting information from multiple frequency surveys. The new workflow supports data collected with R2Sonic, NORBIT, Kongsberg and soon Teledyne RESON. The new functionality allows the frequencies to be separated and creates unique layers per frequency in both the gridded bathymetry as well as the backscatter mosaics. A new multiple frequency backscatter mosaic format is also used which allows an RGB raster to be dynamically adjusted by changing which frequency is assigned to each of the RGB bands. Best of all, this all happens automatically when multiple frequencies are detected on import.

Additional features include adding the frequency as an attribute to each sounding, and in Subset Editor, the ability to color by frequency and turn specific frequencies on/off.

Speed Improvements

Recognizing that processing efficiency and product turnaround time are always at top of mind, HIPS and SIPS 12 introduces several enhancements to improve time for loading and processing datasets. Performance gains will vary depending on the current disk read/write speed of individual environments (disk and network speeds), with slower read/write environments positioned to see the largest performance increase. Testing has shown up to 50% decrease in computational time.

Automation Enhancements

To integrate with third party solutions or to include their own business logic, HIPS and SIPS users can now create custom processes written in python script. These processes can be used within CARIS Process Designer to add flexibility in process model design. Additionally, Carisbatch can now launch process models. With the combination of these different functionalities enhanced CARIS automation tools, it is now possible to execute automated workflows across CARIS applications.

These different tools allow users to use a single application as a hub for their automation launch.

Python Support

Python scripting is a flexible way to put HIPS and SIPS to work in automation workflows, and now, users can enjoy support for version 3.9, 3.10 and 3.11. Updating to new versions of Python help safeguard IT infrastructure, so join CARIS in upgrading today.

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

To view a list of features visit the HIPS and SIPS What's New page.

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.

Single Beam Bathymetry  
Sensor data
Multibeam Bathymetry  
Side Scan Imagery    
Multibeam Imagery    
Water Column Imagery (WCI)/Multiple Detections      
Multi-user Processing      
Delayed Heave  
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




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

Operating System

Windows 10 Professional 64-bit, or Windows 11 Professional 64-bit


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