HIPS and SIPS 9.1 now includes an alternative method of processing backscatter data which produces high quality mosaics and is based upon industry-recognized algorithms and techniques. This innovation represents an intuitive way to extract additional information from your hydrographic survey.
The SIPS Backscatter engine is a single additional step at the end of a traditional multibeam bathymetry workflow. The primary innovation is the method used to create and manage the sonar beam pattern. Instead of requiring a small representative area of known bottom type, the entire dataset is fed into beam pattern calculation and can be continually updated with new data over a survey or the entire survey season. The beam pattern can be managed with a stand-alone process or as part of mosaic creation. All radiometric corrections are applied automatically and normalized for computation of the beam pattern. The user can also choose to apply an Angle Varying Gain correction for angular sediment response.
HIPS and SIPS 9.1 has simplified the user experience for imagery products. New dialogue boxes are available to simplify the creation of beam patterns and mosaic products.
This newest version has added support for converting Klein bathymetry data. The SDF converter has been renamed to Klein to indicate the sonar manufacturer producing the data.
HIPS and SIPS 9.1 has been adjusted to allow for a faster import of many formats by a significant margin (e.g. 50-100% faster in some cases). Actual improvement time varies by complexity of stored data, disk speeds, etc.