Release Note 2016



Welcome to LITPACK Release 2016. In this Release Note, you will find information about new features of LITPACK, and what you need to know in order to install and get started with Release 2016.

LITPACK is an integrated modelling system for littoral processes and coastline kinetics. It covers the modelling of non-cohesive sediment transport in waves and currents, littoral drift, coastline evolution and profile development along quasi-uniform beaches.

System requirements

The recommended minimum system requirements are:

Operating systems Fully supported operating systems *
Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit), Windows 10 Pro (64 bit) and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (64 bit).

Non-supported but partially tested operating systems **
Windows 8.1 Pro (32 bit), Windows 10 Pro (32 bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Service Pack 1 (64 bit).
Note that Release 2016 is the last release supporting 32 bit operating systems..
Processor x86 or x64, 2.2 GHz (or higher)
Memory (RAM) 2 GB (or higher)
Hard disk 40 GB (or higher)
Monitor SVGA, resolution 1024x768 in 16 bit colour
Graphics adapter 64 MB RAM (256 MB RAM or higher recommended), 24 bit true colour
File system NTFS
Software requirements .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and .NET Framework 4.0 (Full Profile)

* Fully supported operating systems are systems that have been tested in accordance with MIKE's Quality Assurance procedures and where warranty and software maintenance agreement conditions apply.

** Non-supported but partially tested operating systems are systems, which are not officially supported by the MIKE software products. These operating systems have only undergone very limited testing for the purpose of MIKE software, but the software and key features are likely to work. Installation of MIKE software on a non-supported operating system is done so at the user's own risk. The MIKE software warranty and software maintenance agreement conditions do not apply for unsupported operating systems and DHI is under no obligation to provide assistance or troubleshooting for cases where the software is being used on a non-supported operating system.

Please note that single user installations are not allowed on server operating systems. Also, when running a fully supported operating system as a 'guest operating system' on a virtualisation platform, it is automatically downgraded to a non-supported operating system under the conditions provided above.


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To install LITPACK, please choose MIKE Zero in the ‘MIKE Setup’ dialogue box that appears when inserting the MIKE software 2016 USB and clicking the Setup.exe or executing the Setup.exe file from the downloaded installation files. Press the ‘Install’ button to begin installation.

The setup programme will automatically install all necessary files and folders on your computer.

Licence file and dongle

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To use LITPACK in licenced mode, please follow these steps:

  1. You can retrieve the MIKE software licence file (DhiLicense.dat) via the Internet. This requires a working Internet connection and a valid e-mail address. The licence file can be retrieved in two ways:
    • During installation of the MIKE software
    • After installation of the MIKE software, by launching the DHI License Updater through the Windows Start menu
  2. To retrieve your licence file during installation of MIKE software, select ‘Local’ when prompted to ‘Select license type’. In the following dialogue box, select ‘Internet’. At the end of the installation process, you will be prompted to insert your DHI dongle. Insert the dongle and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. To update your licence file using the License Updater, simply launch the DHI License Updater and follow the on-screen instructions. On Windows 8, search for DHI License Updater.
  4. Alternatively, the licence file can simply be copied to the \Program files\DHI\2016\License or Program files(x86)\DHI\2016\License directory.
  5. After completed installation, you should ensure that your hardware key is attached to the system.

Product invocation

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Launch MIKE Zero from the Windows Start menu. Then you can select LITPACK from within the MIKE Zero Shell.

Starting LITPACK without a DHI configured hardware key and valid licence files will cause the programme to run in demo mode. If this happens, a message box will inform you during programme initialisation. When running in demo mode, LITPACK supplies full access to all editors, computational engines and editing facilities. However, restrictions apply to the setups that can actually be executed as a model simulation.


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For general support, please see our FAQ.

If you experience any difficulties, or if you have any questions, you can contact Client Care by mail, e-mail, phone or fax:

Client Care
Agern Allé; 5
DK-2970 Hørsholm
Tel: +45 4516 9333
Fax: +45 4516 9292

Or you can find your local Client Care with support in your local language here.

New features

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Every new release of LITPACK consists of new features or corrections to problems or significant inconsistencies discovered in previous releases. Please find short descriptions of the most significant news in Release 2016 below.


Note: Only the new MIKE Zero features that may be of use to the typical LITPACK user are listed below.


New feature

Start Page

The MIKE Zero start page has been extended with an extra window that provides you with a faster access to resources and information

Time Series Comparator

New tool that can compare two time series files, compute some performance measures and produce relevant comparison plots

MIKE Zero Toolbox
New GIS tool, Shp2Xyz, to extract point, polyline and polygon information from shape files
Littoral Processes FM
Coastline evolution

Transport tables has been extended to be able to include 8 profiles, 25 wave heights, 25 wave angles, 25 wave periods, 25 water levels and 9 slopes.

LITPACK 'Classic'

No new features has been added since Release 2014. Please note that Release 2016 will be the last release where the 'Classic' LITPACK modules will be a part of the installation.

Known defects and workarounds

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The lines shown in the model setup editor is using the orientation for geographical North and not the projection North, why the shown line orientation may diverge from the use in the model engine.

Fixed issues

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A service pack includes fixes to inconveniences and errors and minor modifications to the official release.
Please note that the service packs are accumulative, i.e. corrections and fixes released with a previous service pack are included in the newest service pack as well.

Release 2016 Service Pack 3


Error/Inconvenience/New feature


  • Dynamic zooming and moving (shift+scroll) could cause crash of the MIKE Zero shell.
  • "New file" dialog could become unavailable when a 2nd screen was detached.
Release 2016 Service Pack 2


Error/Inconvenience/New feature


Littoral Processes FM

Setup Editor: Graphical display of baseline did not consider convergence angle

Transport in Point

Error in calculated effect of bed slope on the sand transport rate if main current direction was not along x-axis

Littoral Processes FM

Incorrect handling of unit for item type 'Current Direction'

Release 2016 Service Pack 1


Error/Inconvenience/New feature


Plot Composer

Profile Plot: error preventing animation in Animation tab

Release 2016


Error/Inconvenience/New feature


Coastline evolution

The value for reduced transport extension was not handled correctly by the editor

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