HPD Suite

One Feature, One Time®

Eliminate Redundancy in Data Management with the CARIS Hydrographic Production Database (HPD). Using Oracle® data processing, HPD offers an integrated suite of applications, providing for simultaneous data processing and workflows by multiple users. Efficiency is maximized for data storage with features being stored only once, with the ability to create multiple representations for different products.

Manipulate, analyze and compile data using intuitive CARIS tools, and create products with confidence.

Implement the HPD suite of products for production of S-57 and S-101 ENCs, S-57 IENCs, S-57 AMLs, Paper Charts to IHO standards, or the creation and maintenance of non-chart Nautical Publications and Generic Products based on user-defined sets of features. The HPD editors derive products from the source data in the same database. Updates to source are carried automatically to multiple products. Product-specific features and customizations can be made concurrently without affecting the source features.

In support of the new S-100 data standard, users can now create S-100 products in HPD. Users can gain familiarity with the new complex and multiplicity attribute types, work with information types, assign S-100 portrayal to features, convert ENC and DNC to S-101 and work with the expanding registry of S-100 product specifications.

Part of the Ping-to-Chart® solution


Feature Highlights in version 4

Bring automation into your workflow with the latest release of HPD

JUN 26, 2020

Process Designer integration

The integration of the Process Designer to HPD introduces new capabilities for automation, efficiency and usability. Users can now create customized workflows tailored for their needs to save, share, and execute automatically. This addition offers users end-to-end control of processing through automation, thus minimizing the chance of erroneous steps and maximizing time management.

Searchable access to all HPD automated processes

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 HPD 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.

Do more with automated feature mappings

HPD supports applying sequentially multiple mapping rules when populating and updating HPD products with source data. This means you can automate part of your production workflow by executing mapping rules to filter out features, set attribute values, mask edges or create new features when populating HPD products and running the command Compare Product/Panel to Source.

JUL 3, 2019

Single source S-101 and S-57 ENCs

HPD offers concurrent production of S-101 and S-57 ENCs from the same HPD S-100 source database thus eliminating duplication and benefiting from the richer S-100 data model. Interoperability between S-57 and S-100 products is provided by user-customizable mapping files that can automatically convert features between the two standards.

Connect to Bathy DataBASE

BASE Editor's industry leading bathymetry compilation toolkit is now accessible from within CARIS HPD Editors. New optional add-on licensed modules for BDB Server Connection and Bathymetry Compilation provide HPD users with access to features and coverages stored in a BDB Server database as well as a subset of tools from BASE Editor to support vector bathymetric feature compilation. This provides access to additional bathymetry-related tools directly from within HPD Editors. It also includes the ability to generate and process safe side contours, perform sounding selections, smooth bands and more.

IHO S-58 Edition 6.1 Validation

HPD validation tools for S-57 ENC Production have been upgraded to support the latest IHO S-58 Edition 6.1.0 ENC Validation Standard (Sept 2018). This allows producers to be assured that their ENC products pass the new Minimum ENC Validation Checks directly increasing the confidence, reliability and consistency that mariners can place in these products.

Enhanced Portrayal Option

HPD 4.0 includes new automated cartography techniques. These techniques allow building more elaborate portrayal rules with a wider access to contextual information thus reducing the need for manual edits in the paper chart.

Managing Temporary Features

New functionality has been added to support temporary and preliminary Notices to Mariner-type changes in Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) production. These features support changes such as temporarily repositioning a navigation buoy, or cases when a light is temporarily extinguished. Any ENC product created and exported within these dates will show the feature with its temporarily updated information.

New Licensing Technology

HPD is following suit in incorporating our new licensing technology. This upgraded licensing is softkey based, so no physical dongles are required; a license Entitlement will be created for software activation.

Key benefits of this new technology include:

  • Convenient and easy softkey activation
  • The elimination of physical hardware removes the possibility of damage or loss
  • No more need of a separate licensing tool
  • Faster software purchase and setup
  • Improved license usage transparency for network license users

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


Source Editor

A desktop application for compiling and generalizing source data

Access the latest tools for creating and editing source data in preparation for product creation with one of the HPD product editors. Access source data from the HPD database or import from external datasets for easy updates to existing data. Organize and track changes to your source data with customizable display styles, effective filtering and marker functionality. This application is designed for managing data on multiple scale bands for multiple product types and ensure your data quality with a comprehensive set of validation checks.

HPD Server

Incorporating the latest database driven technology for storing and managing source data

Eliminate data redundancy and efficiently track changes between the source data and multiple products with the power of Oracle® database. The HPD data model supports real-world objects defined by a combination of descriptive and spatial characteristics based on the IHO S-57 data structure.

The HPD data model and the HPD Publications application provide the means to create custom catalogues that are suited to your publication needs. Multiple versions of an IENC product (i.e IENC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4) can be created in the Product Editor from the same HPD Source data.

The HPD Server provides you with an API library that allows HPD to be linked to third-party systems.

The HPD Server comes with administration tools to create users, configure database usage and assign user roles with the associated access and functionality. Customize your database dictionary, as required, to add organizational-specific features. Manage workflows with comprehensive project and source registry tools.

Product Editor

A desktop application for compiling and exporting S-57 and S-100 vector products

HPD Product Editor is a next-generation database application for the production of S-57 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), Inland Electronic Navigational Charts (IENC), Additional Military Layers (AML) and Geographic Markup Language (GML) products.

Obtain quality and efficiency in creating and updating S-57 products. HPD Product Editor utilizes a comprehensive set of tools for the production of S-57 ENC, IENC, AML and GML products created from HPD source data and external data sources. Customized product features and graphical depictions can also be used with each product line without affecting the source data. The Product Editor provides built-in quality control checks to ensure compliance with the S-57 and S-58 standards.

Paper Chart Editor

A desktop application for compiling and publishing paper chart products

Improve efficiency in managing paper chart products using the capabilities of the HPD database. Paper Charts in either vector or raster format can be created from the same HPD source, thereby eliminating duplication of data compilation and maintenance. Utilize the standard cartographic presentation in the HPD Paper Chart Editor based on the IHO S-4, INT1, INT2 and INT3 specifications or customize your own presentations for organization-specific products. Powerful raster charting tools are also available. Both vector and raster paper charts can co-exist in the same HPD database. Organize and track changes to your source data with flexible filtering and marker functionality, including ties to the Publications Module.

Technical Specifications

HPD Desktop Applications



Recent generation multi-core CPU


16 GB of RAM


7200 RPM disk drive or Solid State Drive for data storage and processing, minimum 1 GB available for installation


NVidia® or AMD® display adapter with 512MB of memory or greater NVidia® or AMD® display adapter, with an OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU, with 2GB of memory or greater (for HPD application use of 3D visualization)

Operating System

Windows® 10 64-bit


Oracle® 19c Client

HPD Server



Oracle® 19c Standard Two or Enterprise Edition

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