The book The Electronic Chart introduces the subject and explains the basic fundamentals that make up an ECDIS. It describes the primary functions of ECDIS and its practical use, and details the means and process for providing the electronic chart data required to use ECDIS worldwide. The book also discusses the need for and the primary objectives and contents of ECDIS training, and describes key aspects of ECDIS beyond practical use.
Who should read it?
The audience to which the authorial team address themselves includes electronic-chart user groups such as:
- maritime users (navigators, ship-owners)
- ECDIS producers/developers (manufacturers, data providers, hydrographers...)
- maritime authorities (testers, Port State Control...)
- ECDIS trainers (teachers at maritime schools and other training institutes)
- maritime students, ECDIS trainees.
Collectively, this 3rd Edition is intended as a comprehensive textbook on ECDIS in which each topic is systematically built upon using information covered in earlier chapters. The book can also be used selectively as handbook, with various ECDIS-related topics covered in a stand-alone manner. In addition, an effort has been made to cite references to international standards and requirements, or for gaining further information about a specific topic. Thus the book may be used for self-teaching or in conjunction with ECDIS training, as well as reference book. On a cautionary note, it does not replace a user manual for a specific type of ECDIS equipment.
The CD-based ECDIS Demonstration software can be operated on a personal computer. It can be used by individuals or in conjunction with ECDIS training courses.
The book was reviewed and edited by Adam Kerr, former director of the International Hydrographic Bureau. As an early driving force behind the development and use of ECDIS, he was instrumental in its early development and adoption. The authors are greatly indebted to him for his insight and useful suggestions.
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