HYPACK, a Xylem brand, has announced that its market-leading HYPACK® MAX and HYSWEEP® hydrographic surveying packages can now be used to process and display data from Sonardyne’s Solstice side-scan sonar.
With over 10,000 users around the world, HYPACK is the most widely used hydrographic software package in the world. The addition of the Sonardyne proprietary file format to the data converter in HYPACK MAX and HYSWEEP means that HYPACK users can gather Solstice sonar data, process it through their editors and generate final products.
The data converter supports both the intensity and bathymetry data generated by Solstice. Options in the converter allow users to select full resolution side-scan, along with binned or full resolution, swath bathymetry. The resultant output file can be processed in the 64-bit HYSWEEP editor, MBMax64, for multibeam processing or in the HYPACK targeting and mosaicking program, HYSCAN, for side-scan data.
Solstice is a Multi Aperture Sonar (MAS) designed for Search, Classify and Map (SCM) and Hydrographic operations with integrated swath bathymetry. It has been tailored for low-logistic AUVs and gathers high resolution imagery that can be used for automatic target recognition, hydrography and post-mission analysis. With an along-track resolution of 0.15°, the imagery produced by Solstice is considered to be of the highest quality possible from a side-scan sonar.