HYPACK®: Hydrographic Survey and Processing Software

HYPACK® is the most widely used hydrographic software package in the world. Here’s why.

HYPACK® provides all of the tools necessary to complete your hydrographic, side scan and magnetometer survey requirements. With over 4,000 users around the world, HYPACK® provides you with the tools necessary to meet almost any hydrographic survey requirement. It provides tools to design your survey, collect your data, apply corrections to soundings, remove outliers, plot field sheets, export data to CAD, compute volume quantities, generate contours, create side scan mosaics and create/modify electronic charts.

Read on for additional information about HYPACK®’s capabilities.

Design | Survey | Editing | Volumes | Side Scan | Plotting | Export to CAD | TIN MODEL | ENC EDITOR

Design Tools

HYPACK® contains powerful tools that let you quickly design your survey. Design tools allow you to:

  • Set your geodetic parameters
  • Import background charts
    • DXF, DGN, S-57, TIF, MrSid, ARCS
  • Configure your survey equipment
    • Equipment type
    • Connection information
    • Offset information
  • Create your planned lines
    • Manual entry
    • Parallel & Perpendicular patterns
    • CHANNEL DESIGN automatically creates planned lines and cross sectional profiles for channels and turning basins.
    • ADVANCED CHANNEL DESIGN creates complex 3D surfaces for precise dredging and volume computations.

Design

Design

Design

HYPACK® automatically stores your survey information to a project directory, allowing you to quickly load previous surveys. It runs under Windows XP™ and Windows Vista™.

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Survey

HYPACK®’s SURVEY program provides you with the power and flexibility to quickly complete your survey work. SURVEY accepts input from GPS, range-azimuth systems, echosounders, magnetometers, telemetry tide systems, and over 200 other sensors. It also provides positioning data for our SIDE SCAN SURVEY program (a standard part of HYPACK®) and the HYSWEEP® Multibeam SURVEY program (an optional module of HYPACK®).

The SURVEY program allows you to track multiple vessels. You can track your own survey vessel, or a vessel and a towfish, or a vessel and an ROV or multiple vessels with the same easy-to-use program.

Survey

Survey

HYPACK®’s time stamping and clock synchronization routines are the industry’s best. Our SURVEY program was the industry’s first in using RTK GPS to determine real time water level corrections (RTK Tides). SURVEY remembers the screen layout and restores it each time you start. The SHARED MEMORY programs allow you to share real time SURVEY data with other applications.

The 3DTV program can be run simultaneously with SURVEY to give you stunning real-time visualizations of the vessel or ROV’s position over a surface model.

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Editing

HYPACK® provides graphical editing and sounding selection routines that allow you to quickly prepare your survey data for plotting, export to CAD or several other final products. The SINGLE BEAM EDITOR of HYPACK® provides for:

  • Graphical review and editing of tracklines and depth profiles
    • Display of acoustic profile for network capable soundings
    • Display of design templates and previous survey profiles
  • Water level (tides) adjustments
    • Real time telemetry gauges
    • Manually entered tides
    • RTK Tides
    • Tide Adjustments between stations
  • Sound Velocity corrections

There are several options for sounding reduction, depending on your final product.

  • SORT: Selects the shoalest soundings and prevents overwrites
  • CROSS SORT: Selects random soundings and packs them in tight.
  • SOUNDING SELECTION: Selects min/max soundings and fills in between.
  • MAPPER: A binning routine that can select minimum, maximum, average, closest to cell center to represent each cell.
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Editing

Editing

Volumes

HYPACK® ability to compute volume quantities is unsurpassed. It can compute volume quantities either from sections across channels or from surface models (TIN MODEL).

The CROSS SECTIONS AND VOLUMES program quickly computes volume quantities for cross sectional profile lines compared to the channel design template and channel overdepth template for each line. The program is the de facto standard for volume computations by several national survey agencies. Over 20 methods are available to compute the area and volume of material for each profile segment (left slope, main channel, right slope), it can compute quantities for a single survey versus the design template, or for a pre-dredge versus an after-dredge comparison. CROSS SECTION AND VOLUMES can read hundreds of sections, compute the volumes and send all of the sections to the printer/plotter in a matter of seconds. The latest capability added is support of beach volumes for beach replenishment projects.

The TIN MODEL program of HYPACK® can be used to compute several types of volume quantities. Input data can be from single beam, multibeam or multiple transducer surveys.

  • Reservoir volumes: Computes the volume and surface area of a reservoir at user-defined water levels.
  • Channel volumes: Computes the volume quantities of the TIN surface versus a set of planned lines and their channel design templates.
  • ADVANCED CHANNEL DESIGN volumes: Computes volume quantities of the TIN surface versus a complex area created in ADVANCED CHANNEL DESIGN.
  • Survey versus Survey volumes: Computes the volume quantity between two different surveys of an area.
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Volumes

Volumes

Volumes

Volumes

Side Scan

HYPACK® is the only hydrographic software package that offers side scan collection, mosaicking and targeting as a standard part of our package. The SIDE SCAN SURVEY program supports analog and digital side scans, including some of the latest dual frequency and high resolution side scans.

HYPACK®’s side scan processing routines accepts input from side scan or from the pseudo-side scan available from many multibeam systems. It can also handle XTF files from several side scan manufacturers own logging software.

Targeting can be performed in real time, or in post-processing in the SIDE SCAN MOSAIC program. Target measurement tools can be used to capture a GeoTIF image of each target, make measurements of its length, width and height, and save it to a Target Book. The Target Book is in Rich Text Format and can be e-mailed and reviewed by clients or home offices in Microsoft Word®.

In HYPACK® Version 2008, the GEOCODER™ program was integrated as a standard side scan processing tool. GEOCODER™ was developed by Dr. Luciano Fonseca of UNH-CCOM and provides advanced mosaicking and bottom classification routines.

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Side Scan

Side Scan

Side Scan

Plotting

HYPACK®’s plotting program (HYPLOT) allows you to send any combination of data files to your plotter or printer or to a PDF file. All of the background files that can be displayed in HYPACK® can also be printed/plotted in HYPLOT. This allows you to create stunning plots with your background files, such as ortho-photos (TIF), engineering plans (DXF/DGN), electronic charts (ENCs, ARCS), superimposed with your hydrographic survey data.

HYPLOT has several border and title block options, including the national borders used by USACE, China and Russia. You can plot X-Y grids (or tics), local projection lat-long grids (or tics) and WGS-84 lat-long grids.

Another BIG feature of HYPLOT is the ability to send the plots out to a DXF file. This allows you to transfer the entire plotting sheet (with borders and labels!) into your CAD/GIS package.

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Side Scan

Side Scan

Side Scan

Export to CAD

HYPACK® knows that many of our users want to be able to bring their survey data into their CAD/GIS package. We have spent a lot of time and effort to make sure that all of our files can be exported to DXF, DGN and ASCII formats for input into AutoCAD™, Microstation™, ArcInfo™ and other CAD/GIS packages.

Soundings, tracklines, contours (plain and color-filled), targets, planned lines, borders and other files can be converted to DXF or DGN in the EXPORT program.

The plotting sheets created in HYPLOT can also be exported to DXF.

In HYPACK® 2009, we begin our import/export to Google Earth’s™ KML format. This allows you to superimpose your survey data as a layer in Google Earth™.

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Export To CAD

Export To CAD

TIN MODEL

HYPACK®’s TIN MODEL program creates surface models from your survey data. The TIN (Triangulated Irregular Networks) surfaces provided extremely accurate renderings of the bottom and can be used to generate stunning graphics, DXF contours, gridded XYZ data sets, and volume computations.

The TIN MODEL program also allows the user to drape a TIF on top of the surface model. This means you can overlay side scan mosaics or ortho-TIF files on the 3D seafloor.

The TIN MODEL accepts input from single beam, multibeam and multiple transducer data sets. The contouring engine inside the TIN MODEL program allows the user to control the line types, weights, colors, color fills and intervals. Contours are saved to DXF format, where they can be displayed in HYPACK® or read directly into your CAD/GIS package.

The volume tools in TIN MODEL allow you to compute the following volume quantities:

  • TIN versus Level (Reservoir)
  • TIN versus LNW (Planned Line with templates)
  • TIN versus TIN (volume above historical surface)
  • TIN versus CHN (ADVANCED CHANNEL DESIGN file for complex dredge areas).
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TIN Model

TIN Model

TIN Model

ENC EDITOR

HYPACK®’s ENC EDITOR allows you to modify existing ENCs in S-57 format. Whether you want to move a buoy, create a new light, import the latest survey data or create an ENC by digitizing a TIF, the ENC EDITOR is a powerful tool that can perform your basic ENC editing tasks. The ENC EDITOR provides for full attribution of S-57 features and can also display IENC symbols and information from AML.

The ENC EDITOR can also be used for real time verification of ENC charts. Running side-by-side with the HYPACK® SURVEY program, the user can mark targets (manually or with a hand-held laser) in SURVEY and then query ENC EDITOR for a list of features in that area. The user can then decide whether to move existing features or to create a new feature at the target position.

The ENC EDITOR is a standard feature of HYPACK®.

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ENC Editor

ENC Editor