Thursday, September 16, 2021
Published: Jul 2015

HYPACK Inc.: Experts in Hydrographic Software

HYPACK, Inc. has been a world leader in software development for the hydrographic and dredging industry since 1984. HYPACK® is the most widely used hydrographic software package with over 10,000 users worldwide. It provides everything necessary to fulfill your singlebeam, side scan, and multibeam survey requirements. This is why?

Single Beam

Whether you are collecting hydrographic survey data, environmental data, or just positioning your vessel in an engineering project, HYPACK provides the tools needed to complete your job. With users spanning the range from small vessel surveys with just a GPS and single beam echosounder to AUV systems, HYPACK gives you the power needed to complete your task in a system your surveyors can master

HYPACK’s SURVEY program provides you with the visual feedback needed to get your survey job done right, whether you are on a large ship or a small dinghy.

HYPACK provides the need visual and graphical tools to collect and edit your single beam and dual frequency sounding data. Apply water level and sound velocity corrections then view your sounding data and channel information in area map, channel profile and spreadsheet displays. The editing tools allow you to automatically filter outliers then quickly scan and manually clean the remaining data.

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.

Side Scan

HYPACK is the only hydrographic software package that offers side scan collection, mosaicking and targeting as a standard part of our package. HYPACK supports analog and digital side scans, including some of the latest dual frequency and high resolution side scans. The HYPACK side scan processing routines accept input from side scan or from the pseudo-side scan available from many multibeam systems.

Targeting can be performed in real time, or in post-processing. Targeting tools can capture a GeoTIF image of targeted objects, make measurements of their length, width and height, and save the data with the position to a Target Group. A Target Report, in rich text format, can be emailed and reviewed by clients or home office staff in any word processor (eg. Microsoft Word).

The GEOCODER™ program is 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.

HYPACK allows you to process side scan sonar, snippets, and backscatter data collected in HYPACK or data collected by 3rd party systems. Supported formats include: HYPACK HSX & HS2, XTF Side Scan, CMAX CM2, Edgetech JSF, Imagenex 81S, Klein SDF, Marine Sonic MST.

As one of the leading hydrographic surveying software companies in the world, HYPACK, Inc. continues to make improvements and enhancements to our software. In the latest version of SIDE SCAN SURVEY, users can generate a real-time side scan mosaic saved as series of geo-tiff images. The program stitches the side scan images of the sea floor together to provide a quality preview of the mosaic created in post-processing. Gain, color controls and bottom track set in SIDE SCAN SURVEY are used to optimize the output mosaic display.


HYPACK allows you to collect, edit and review sub-bottom data collected in HYPACK or other packages that produce industry standard SEG-Y files. HYPACK supports both analog and digital sub-bottom systems.

The SUB-BOTTOM PROCESSING program accounts for different velocities for the water column and bottom material, and provides filters to enhance your data display. During processing, you can digitize up to 20 different reflectors and mark targets (position only or position and depth- of- burial).The program then saves your data to industry standard SEG-Y files. Sub-bottom Processing is a standard feature in HYPACK.


HYSWEEP is the HYPACK multibeam and laser scanner package e where you can calibrate, collect and process multibeam, multiple transducer and topographic laser data. HYSWEEP has been integrated to almost all multibeam systems in the market. With over 4,000 HYSWEEP users on six continents, HYSWEEP has proven to be powerful, cost effect and easy to learn.

HYSWEEP SURVEY provides you with coverage diagrams, real-time TPU displays, and QC tools needed to efficiently complete your multibeam survey.

The REAL-TIME POINT CLOUD runs in conjunction with HYSWEEP SURVEY and displays both multibeam and topographic laser data in a corrected and geo-referenced, color-coded point cloud. The REAL-TIME POINT CLOUD program provides easier feature detection and categorization, system calibration and verification, and data quality control.

The HYSWEEP EDITOR allows you to review your raw data components, incorporate sound velocity and water level corrections (including RTK tides and VDatum), and apply geometric and statistical filters to quickly clean your data and output a variety of data subsets.

Laser Scanner

The HYSWEEP software module in HYPACK provides data collection of multibeam and LIDAR scanners with full editing capabilities.

HYPACK, Inc. recently announced the integration of the Velodyne Laser Scanner with HYPACK 2015 as the standard solution for anchor handling and positioning applications.

Dave Maddock, of HYPACK, recently integrated the Velodyne HDL-32E topographic laser to receive data from all 32 channels. The Velodyne HDL-32E laser measures only 5.7″ x 3.4″, can be mounted in a variety of angles and generates up to 700,000 points per second with a range up to 70 meters. The collaboration between HYPACK and Velodyne Laser promises to deliver excellent results and benefits. HYPACK benefits from the Velodyne Laser extensive experience and track record as world leader in the marine construction survey industry. The selection of the Velodyne Laser compliments the existing HYPACK and HYSWEEP software.

HYPACK also recently ran a field test with the Dynascan M250 LIDAR scanner in HYSWEEP. The Dynascan M250 is a complete LIDAR system with integrated RTK GPS and motion reference unit.

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