HYPACK, the US-based industry leader in hydrographic survey software, is now offering a package dedicated to marine search and recovery operations. HYPACK® Marine Search allows for real-time mosaicking and targeting of side scan data from almost all side scan sonars. With an Internet connection, users can download the latest Electronic Navigation Charts from NOAA and the USACE, free of charge. The Survey program reads input from GPS (NMEA via RS-232 or network) and side scan sonars (USB and network).
Users can mark targets and generate mosaics either in real time or in HYSCAN, the HYPACK® Side Scan Targeting and Mosaicking program. HYSCAN allows you to smooth track lines and heading, and to determine the correct bottom track before generating mosaics or marking targets. The mosaics are saved as GeoTIF files that can be viewed in the Marine Search map window or exported directly to Google Earth™.
In the Marine Search shell, configure your geodesy (US NAD-83 State Plane or WGS-84 UTM) and select your hardware from an easy drop-down list. You can launch SURVEY for your real-time operations and then review the results in the Map window. The screen capture shows a side scan mosaic overlaid on a NOAA ENC.
HYPACK has a reputation for innovation, user-friendly software, and outstanding customer support. HYPACK® is used by almost every USACE survey boat and our Support group is available to help with configuration and to answer your questions.