Friday, September 17, 2021
Published: Jul 2016
  • Hydrography

QPS – Quality, Innovation & Revolution

Established in 1997, Bibby HydroMap provide a range of hydrographic, geophysical, geotechnical and ROV survey services to clients mainly from the oil and gas, offshore renewables and subsea cables industries. Their fleet of dedicated survey vessels work throughout the UK and Northern Europe, are permanently mobilised with high-specification survey equipment from industry leading suppliers.

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Bibby HydroMapis typically involved in most stages of a project lifecycle, from initial site suitability and investigation surveys, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) survey, pre-construction survey, post-construction survey, monitoring and pre and post-decommissioning. The acquisition, processing and reporting of bathymetry data forms an integral element of these surveys and QPS products have for many years been a part of each stage at Bibby HydroMap.

QPS QINSy is the core software used by Bibby HydroMap for online data acquisition and integrates sensor data concisely from the onboard survey suite into one database file. There is also an extensive suite of options for creating user-defined files online and database templates can be easily be revised to adapt to client requirements.


Recent significant technological developments combined with Bibby HydroMap’s response and integration of such developments has seen the scale of projects increase significantly. Data quantities not only cover large spatial areas, but technological advances have influenced requirements for denser data coverage for enhanced seafloor ensonification and target detection. Consequently larger volumes of data are generated per square kilometre of seabed. This is particularly pertinent in relation to offshore renewables, as represented in the figure below.

Part of Bibby Line Group’s and Bibby HydroMap’s core values are to ‘be better’ and ‘be innovative’. These principles drive workflows for handling and processing increasingly large data volumes, and for enhancing their final product deliverables. The company proudly became the first QPS customer to integrate QPS Qimera into their Management System.


Tom Davenport (Principal Surveyor @ Bibby HydroMap) “QPS Qimera has delivered a significantly increased data processing efficiency.It’s really user friendly and feature rich software, and gives us the full integration of 3D visualisation within the primary multibeam data processing suite. Qimera has successfully married the key processing tools from QINSy Processing Manager with the data quantity and visualisation capabilities of Fledermaus to form a powerful one-stop processing hub”. The new utilities like the Wobble Analysis tool and the Time Series multi-plot have provided extra dimensions for data QC and allow operators to spatially review data and statistically analyse potential sources of error.

Bibby HydroMap now have Qimera licences to match all of their QINSy licenses, meaning that once recorded, online databases can be straightaway transferred to a Qimera project folder for the data QC and subsequent processing workflow stages.

Time after time we manage to impress our Clients with the imagery and fly-through 4D scenes of the data we produce with QPS Fledermaus, and we’re already exploring the new features of QPS Fledermaus 7.6

Looking ahead:

Bibby HydroMap is keen to further integration of the user-designed software tools within the QINSy — Qimera — Fledermaus suite. The close working relationship with QPS helps to ensure that the company continues to provide a unique and market-leading approach to coastal seabed survey.


ACQUIRE — PROCESS — VISUALIZE — SHARE QPS has since 1986 been based in The Netherlands, now with subsidiary offices in USA, Canada and UK. In 2012 QPS became a member of the Saab (Sweden) group of companies. QPS makes industry leading software for collection, post processing and visualisation of navigation and survey data. Our products QPS QINSy, QPS Qimera, QPS Fledermaus and QPS Qarto aim to solve problems and gain efficiencies for maritime related geospatial business. /

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