On 1st March 2009, HYPACK officially released HYPACK 2009. This version has a total new look with floating tool bars, multiple views for a project and flexible and customised window arrangement in Survey.
Some of the new features in HYPACK 2009 include new ADCP acquisition and processing module, new Google KML exporting capabilities, new side scan sonar and subbottom interface, enhanced real time QC displays, and improved Geocoder with additional bottom classification capabilities.
The HYPACK 2009 release CD will be distributed to all users subscribed to our HYPACK Maintenance Plan. HYPACK 2009 can also be downloaded from the company's website. With the release of HYPACK 2009, HYPACK will introduce a new USB dongle. This dongle is more rugged and has internal memory with which HYPACK will implement a new licensing plan starting in 2009.
CSIRO from Australia is undertaking a survey tour towards the Australian Bight for a baseline survey looking for oil traces in the water. The surveyors are deploying a CTD and a gravity corer measuring possible traces of oil in the water column. The survey mission also consists of hydrographic mapping techniques, GIS and environmental specialists to make sure the situation before exploration is mapped well in order to know what the environmental consequences of an eventual oil seepage or leak may consist of.