Bathy DataBASE Suite

Bathymetric Data Management for the Future

Powered by the CSAR engine and backed by proven RDBMS 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.

Part of the Ping-to-Chart® solution


Feature Highlights in version 5

Teledyne CARIS is pleased to announce the release of Bathy DataBASE 5.5 which includes a new smart sounding selection for cartography, user experience enhancements for Process Designer, and S-100 product support.

DEC 1, 2020

Direct LAS Support

Lidar surveys are the most efficient way to map difficult or dangerous nearshore areas and are one of the fastest growing mapping technologies. Whether mapping from plane, drone or by ship, the use of lidar systems allow for surveys to be conducted safely from a distance. Bathy DataBASE (BDB) fits smoothly into lidar processing pipelines as it's the perfect toolkit to bring together nearshore lidar with offshore multibeam data during the compilation stage of a Ping-to-Chart workflow. The natural next step in expanding lidar capabilities in BDB for our users was through the addition of direct open and edit support for the most popular lidar interchange format. Working with lidar data in LAS 1.4 format is now a seamless experience without the need to import to CSAR while editing. Here are some things BDB can help you get started with lidar data:

  • Cleaning and classifying lidar points in Subset Editor
  • Creating vector S-57 objects directly from the point cloud in Subset Editor or the 3D Viewer
  • Recording video fly-throughs bringing together imagery and chart information with your cleaned lidar point cloud data

New Python Support

Python scripting is the most flexible way to put Bathy DataBASE to work automating workflows, and now, users can enjoy support for version 3.7. Updating to new versions of Python help safeguard IT infrastructure so join CARIS in upgrading today. Support will continue for Python version 3.5 in Bathy DataBASE to allow smooth transitioning for clients with custom scripts, however, Python 3.4 support has been retired. Based on in house testing, upgrading from Python 3.5 to 3.7 should have minimal impact on user scripts.

New Tools and UX Enhancements in Process Designer

Continuing to build on BDB's industry leading bathymetry compilation toolkit, a host of new tools are available as CARIS Batch Processes to achieve full automation of contour creation for Cartography. These new tools are designed to further reduce the need for manual intervention of Cartographers in the product compilation pipeline.

Check out some of the new Cartographic tools to help you automate your workflows:

  • Easily generate LNDARE objects within shore lines
  • Find and expand isolated shoals to be suitable size for required chart scale
  • Find and remove tiny deep contours
  • Allow bridging between contours of the same depth level within an allowable distance
  • Create depth areas from smoothed and edited contours
  • Users can densify line and boundary objects
  • Repair Undershoots and Overshoots by aligning contours nearby features and removing duplicate edges with precise snapping
  • Convert input features to a new feature type

Other user enhancements to Process Designer Include:

  • Adding comments and organizational boxes to help annotate process models
  • View and insert user generated Process Models from the Tools list
  • Provide default values to Process Models

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 RDBMS 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 web services, is a key component of the CARIS Ping-to-Chart solution.

Technical Specifications

BASE Editor



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 an OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU, with 2GB of memory or greater

Operating System

Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit


Bathy DataBASE Server



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

Operating System

Windows Server 2022® 64-bit


If using PostgreSQL

  • RDBMS computer:
    • PostgreSQL 14.x and PostGIS 3.1

If using Oracle

  • RDBMS computer:
    • Oracle® 19c, Enterprise Edition with Oracle® Spatial, or
  • BDB Server computer:
    • Matching client, Oracle® 19c Client


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