CARIS HPD: Introductory Training Course

This course presents a hands-on introduction to the concepts and functionality of the CARIS Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) software for managing and maintaining hydrographic source and product data in an efficient database driven environment.


Anyone wishing to be introduced to the concepts and functionality available in CARIS HPD: managers, operators and systems staff.

Topics Include

  • Introduction to HPD
      An overview of HPD theory, concepts, data model and programs HPD database user accounts and user roles The concept and application of usages in HPD Using projects to help manage tasks and workflow in HPD HPD supporting documents: reference materials and help
  • HPD Data Loading and Source Editor overview
    • Data preparation and loading with HPD Data Loader program
    • An introduction to HPD Source Editor: menus, toolbars, interface
    • Controlling the display: viewing, filtering and selecting objects
    • Using external vector and raster data files
    • Creating new point, sounding, line, area objects in Source Editor
    • Further importing options and Object Import Utility
    • Editing objects and other edit tools: divide, intersect, join, merge
    • Automated topology creation and editing in HPD
    • Deleting and undeleting features
    • Managing object relationships: masters/slaves, collections
    • Creating markers to record comments about objects
    • Data validation: running QC tests and resolving errors
    • Object certification: verifying attributes & spatial representations
    • Viewing HPD object processing history
    • Adding representations onto other usages, linking related objects
    • Exporting database features to text, vector and raster files
  • HPD Product Creation overview
    • An overview of product creation concepts and workflow in HPD
    • Creating S-57 ENCs in HPD Product Editor
    • Creating vector and raster charts in Paper Chart Editor
    • Updating product with new and updated source objects
    • Managing product versions in HPD Product Management Centre
    • A brief look at other topics of interest


  • Familiarity with operating computers and software
  • Previous working experience creating digital charts and ENCs

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