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Dutch Surveyors Attend Hypack '98

Arco Heuvelman, aged 18, may be the world’s youngest hydrographic surveyor. He works in the survey department of Heuvelman-Ibis, a Dutch dredging contractor that operates a fleet of hydraulic and clamshell dredges. He and other company surveyors attended the Hypack training seminar, held in San Diego in January, to increase their knowledge of this hydrographic survey software.

Heuvelman-Ibis, headquartered in Delfzijl, Netherlands, was started in 1975 with one vessel, and has since developed into a major dredging, coastal bank and diving company, with a fleet of more than 35 vessels working in the Netherlands, Germany and other European countries.

The young surveyor had received prior training from Justin Keil of Nautikaris b.v., an equipment representative in the Netherlands.

The Dutch contractors were among the approximately 320 people, including dredging contractors, independent surveyors, consultants, government employees and equipment manufacturers, who attended the HYPACK ’98, which was held at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Bay. There were 26 exhibit booths, where manufacturers of global positioning systems, survey sounders, computer hardware and software, processing systems and other equipment interfaced through Hypack software presented their wares on January 5 through 8.

“It was a huge show for us,” said Scott Fusselman of TSS. “We sold our demo unit off the booth and took orders for several more of our POS/MV320 attitude and positioning system,” he said.

“I saw a lot of my customers there from the private sector, as well as from the Corps of Engineers,” said Steve Holowacz, vice president of Innerspace Technology. “We have gone for the past three seminars, and they have always been productive,” he said.

Hypack is PC-based Windows software developed and marketed by Coastal Oceanographics, designed for marine surveying, positioning and navigation. It is used for planning, conducting, editing, and publishing hydrographic surveys.

Two survey vessels offered excursions into the bay to demonstrate systems linked to Hypack. Echotrac, the Odom Hydrographic Systems demonstration vessel, included the Echoscan multibeam sounder with integrated side scan sonar, and the sound velocity probe Digibar. Other systems integrated into the Hypack unit included a side scan sonar from the British company C-MAX, Starlink DGPS, and Triton Elics’ ISIS data acquisition and processing system.

Reson, Triton Elics and TSS offered rides on the Outer Limits, a privately chartered boat, which demonstrated their three products working together through Hypack. The TSS POS/MV320 integrated DGPS, heading, and heave pitch and roll corrections in a single package. Triton Elics International’s ISIS provided real-time 3-D visualization of the integrated data, interfaced with a Reson SeaBat 8101.

Coastal Oceanographics has added two Hypack training seminars to its schedule. The first European Hypack conference and hydrographic training seminar is February 24 through 26, 1998 in the Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. “Hypack Sudamerica” is scheduled for May 11 through 13 in the Hotel Caribe, Cartagena, Colombia. Details and registration forms may be attained through the website, The phone contact is Lourdes Ramos, 860-349-3800.

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