Sidescan HARDWARE Configuration
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on 21 December 2016 02:00 PM

Setting up a SIDESCAN device in HYPACK

This article does not cover the setup of a GPS in HYPACK. Information on configuring the GPS can be found in another article.

  • GPS, single beam and tide data go into HYPACK® SURVEY.
  • Sidescan (with optional MRU, heading sensor, pressure sensor) goes into SIDESCAN SURVEY.
  • Information is passed between the two using the shared memory. Use the Hysweep.dll in HYPACK® HARDWARE and HYPACK® Navigation driver in HYSCAN HARDWARE.

To add the sidescan to the HARDWARE configuration the software needs to know that SIDESCAN is a part of this survey.

Once the Sidescan option has been enabled the user can then add the specific device to the current configuration.

There are three tabs associated with any sidescan device. The Manufacturer/Model tab is used to add and remove devices as well as allow the user access to any device specific settings via the SETUP button. The Connect Tab is used to select the communication parameters for this device and the Offsets Tab allows the user to locate the device in relation to the boat reference point.

Many sidescan sonars use the network to transmit information while a few systems do use a serial connection. On the Connect Tab there are a couple of tools to test the connection to the system.

  • Serial COM Test is not very useful for sonar testing. Most sonars use network connection.
  • Use the Network Test to verify data communication. Allows to Ping device to test for connectivity and check for data stream.

Once the system has been configured, the user is ready to bein surveying. To survey with a sidescan HYPACK requires the main SURVEY module to be running as well as the SIDESCAN SRVEY module. The SURVEY module handles the GPS positioning as well as line planning.