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Import Humminbird echo sounder export data as Hydromagic raw data

This function allows you to import Humminbird sounder files as raw data into your Hydromagic project. Usually Humminbird sounders store exported data files to the SD-card which can be used to transfer the files to your PC. Humminbird will write multiple files per recording, but it is important to select the "DAT" file after the files have transferred to your PC

Before you import down imaging data, make sure a project has been created or loaded with the correct map projection. If the map projection isn't suitable for the selected side scan data files, the downloaded map images will become distorted.

Please note that since positions are stored in the Humminbird DAT files in UTM meters, so even when a RTK GNSS receiver is connected to the Humminbird, the position error will be always somewhere between 0.00 and 0.50 meters.

Starting the raw data import wizard

All file formats which Hydromagic is able to convert to proprietary raw data files, can be imported through the "Import Data Wizard". To start the wizard, right-click the "Raw Data" folder in the "Project Explorer" and select the 'Import Data Wizard...' option:

Starting the raw data import wizard
The "Import Data Wizard" can be launched from the "Project Explorer".

Select file format

The first page of the wizard allows you to set the format of the file(s) we wish to import. Since this guide is about importing Humminbird data, we select the 'Humminbird data files (*.dat)' option from the drop-down list.

Select the Humminbird data files (*.dat) format from the dropdown list
Select the "Humminbird data files (*.dat)" format from the drop-down list.

Select file(s) to import

To select the files to import, you have to select in which folder they are copied. This can be done by clicking the "Browse..." button. Please note that each Humminbird sonar file is stored in a separate folder, however the "DAT" file we have to load should be one lever higher in the folder structure. So please do not select the "R00xxx" folder itself, but the folder where the "R00xxx" folders are located. After selecting the folder, click "OK", and Hydromagic will automatically scan for Humminbird DAT files and shows them in the list:

Select the files you wish to import into your Hydromagic Survey project by checking the check boxes in front of the file names. To import all files at once, simply click the "Select All" button. When selection has completed, click the "Next" button to go to the next page of the wizard where we are going to adjust the import settings.

Select file(s) to import
Select the file(s) to import. You can import multiple files at a time.

Select the channels

Humminbird sonar units can record up to three channels of single beam echo sounder data. Since Hydromagic can only store one low frequency and one high frequency depth value, you can select the channels to store from the wizard.

Select which depth channels should be imported into the raw data file.
Select which depth channels should be imported into the raw data file.

Starting the import

Once the format and files are selected, click the 'Finish' button to start the import process by clicking the 'Finish' button on the last page of the wizard.

The file currently processed is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the screen and the wizard shows a message box stating 'File(s) successfully imported as raw data file(s)' as soon as the process has completed. Click 'OK' to close the dialog and the imported files will be centered in the map view (only when they contain position data). After importing raw data files, you can download a background map of the covered survey area using the built-in map downloading tool.

After clicking the Finish button, the import process will start
After clicking the "Finish" button, the import process will start.

Checking the imported raw data file(s)

After the import is complete, you can right-click the generated raw data files, and select "Analyze Data..." to inspect the imported values and timestamps. When the import did not complete successfully, you can refer to the "Processing" tab of the activity view for more details on the error shown.