Bathymetric Data Management for the Future

Powered by the CSAR engine and backed by proven RDMS technology, Bathy DataBASE delivers a robust and scalable solution for the storage and analysis of ever-expanding volumes of sonar and Lidar data.

Bathy DataBASE is able to incorporate all sources of data from historical fieldsheets to the latest high density multibeam surveys in a single space.

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

Extend the Bathy DataBASE advantage by adding the new Engineering Analysis Module to import, create and maintain theoretical models of the seafloor for dredging and other engineering options.

New Features in Version 4.4

Here are the top new features in the latest release of Bathy DataBASE

Generalizing bathymetry tools

New Tools for Generalizing Bathymetry

A collection of new techniques are presented for generalizing bathymetry in the chart compilation workflows in BASE Editor. Two new methods for generalizing elevation surface models and a new safe-side contour smoothing method are available. These can be used to produce hydrographically-safe results, pushing contours to the deeper water.

A new Thin Points process is also included that can be used for general purpose point thinning or to produce a shoal-biased point cloud suitable for chart compilation. The new point thinning and smoothing techniques can be used in isolation or together with other tools in the cartographic bathymetric feature compilation workflow to produce the best results.


Further Support for Data from LAS

A new workflow for editing classification values on Lidar point clouds is now available in BASE Editor. The new tools are available in the Subset Editor, allowing area based QC and cleaning processes to be followed.

The new Lidar workflow tools allow for quick, toggle on/off visibility, and colouring based on classification as well as editing of flags and classification attributes for points. New classifications can be added or removed. Cleaned and classified could can easily be filtered based on classification and modeled as elevation surface models, exported back out to LAS format or uploaded into BDB Server as appropriate.

3D View

3D View Improvements

Improved visualization and performance when working with point clouds in the 3D view. In particular, points can now be visualized with new geometry styles, such as 'Oriented Splats', which allow the points to be experiences as a seamless and shaded surface model. As well, the user has new options to go into a Pan Control mode to reposition data in the 3D view. This and other modes are available in the 3D section of the Options settings.

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

BASE Editor

A desktop application for compiling and analyzing source bathymetry

Access the latest tools for working with bathymetric data. Use BASE Editor to validate, analyze, and compile datasets in a variety of formats and from multiple new and historical sources. Integrate the latest high resolution bathymetry and topography with historical data in a user friendly environment. Visualize the data with raster images and vector features in the 3D viewer.

Once the data is prepared, generate products like smoothed contours, depth areas, and selected soundings for use in chart production.

Connect to the Bathy DataBASE Server to provide a complete source bathymetry data management system.

Bathy DataBASE Server

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

Backed by the proven RDMS technology of Oracle® Spatial and PostgreSQL, the Bathy DataBASE server offers a secure and reliable mechanism for storing and managing bathymetric data.

Use batch tools and APIs to load bathymetry datasets into the Bathy DataBASE Server as fully attributed objects. The data model includes a feature catalogue for customized object attribution.

BASE Manager connects to the Bathy DataBASE Server and provides tools for analyzing, filtering and extracting the contents of the database.

The Bathy DataBASE Server Administration Tools provide configuration control over the Bathy DataBASE Server. These tools allow for user management, logging control, back up scheduling, database creation and other database administrative processes.

The Bathy DataBASE Server, along with the BASE Manager and Spatial Fusion Enterprise clients, is a key component of the CARIS Ping-to-Chart solution.

Additional Modules

LOTS Limits and Boundaries: A geodetic toolset for defining maritime boundaries.

Engineering Analysis Module™ (EAM): A set of analysis tools aimed at supporting port and waterway operations.

Tech Specs

BASE Editor 4.4

Component Recommended
Processor Dual or Quad core CPU
Memory 8 GB of RAM
Disk Space 7200 RPM disk drive or Solid State Drive, minimum 1 GB available for installation
Display OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU with 512MB of RAM, supporting at least 1,280 x 1024 display resolution with true colour
Operating System Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit
Other USB port for software key. A standards-based PDF viewer

Bathy DataBASE Server 4.3

Component Recommended
Operating System Windows Server 2012® R2 64-bit
Other If using PostgreSQL:
  • RDBMS computer: PostgreSQL 9.6 and PostGIS 2.3
    Links are provided to the installers for each of these applications.
If using Oracle:
  • RDBMS computer: Oracle® 12c (, Enterprise Edition with Oracle® Spatial
    BDB Server computer: Oracle® 12c Client, PDF viewer
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