The long anticipated 4.3 release of BDB now includes import and export for the generic Lidar format LAS 1.4. This is an important step in facilitating Lidar and laser scanning workflows and downstream data analysis. BDB 4.3 also supports the creation and management of Variable Resolution (VR) Surfaces. This capability allows for continuous model creation, which can be contoured in a single pass. The new Process Designer is included in this release, allowing workflows to be scripted and automated. This brings efficiency gains for common operations. The 3D window has been enhanced with new vector feature digitizing and draping capabilities, which are useful for target picking on point cloud datasets.
This update to the major 10.0 release of HIPS and SIPS builds on the idea of extracting more information from your multibeam data. Multiple sonar detections from both Kongsberg and Teledyne sensors are now supported. This capability can highlight additional contacts present within the water column, which may require closer investigation, building on water column imagery work previously completed. More backscatter upgrades have been added to SIPS™ in the release including support for both Kongsberg and Teledyne time series data that can result in a sharper seafloor image. This can be further enhanced for Teledyne sensors through the normalized backscatter.
Those involved in multibeam surveys in Ports and Waterways will benefit from the inclusion of the Engineering and Analysis Module™ (EAM) as a newly available add-on to the HIPS™ package. The EAM module allows you to perform volume computations for dredging from within the HIPS application and many other specialized computations related to port operations. This provides a more streamlined workflow and removes the need to switch between applications.
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