New software enhances nautical paper chart production
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New software enhances nautical paper chart production

Teledyne Geospatial has introduced CARIS AutoChart, a new nautical chart production solution. Traditionally, the production of nautical paper charts has been labour-intensive and time-consuming, often fraught with challenges related to manual data entry, complex chart formatting and the integration of various data sources. Recognizing the need for a modern, technology-driven approach, CARIS AutoChart is a comprehensive software solution tailored specifically to the needs of nautical chart producers. CARIS AutoChart was formally released as part of the Australian Hydrographic Office’s (AHO) event for World Hydrography Day on 21 June 2024.

The AHO has been an early adopter of CARIS AutoChart, providing valuable feedback. Its decision to deploy AutoChart to maintain its chart portfolio not only serves as a significant endorsement but also underscores AutoChart’s effectiveness and efficiency in meeting the needs of nautical chart producers.

“We are thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking software solution to the hydrospatial community,” said Julien Barbeau, product manager at Teledyne Geospatial. “By automating and streamlining the nautical paper chart production workflow, we aim to empower chart producers to work more efficiently, shorten the time it takes to publish nautical paper charts, and ultimately enhance navigational safety for mariners worldwide.”

Key features

CARIS AutoChart offers several key features. It automatically generates charts in PDF and TIFF formats from ENC data, seamlessly importing data from ENC files to create comprehensive and up-to-date nautical charts. It also automates existing chart portfolios, allowing users to generate chart templates from their existing chart portfolios maintained with CARIS Paper Chart Composer or CARIS HPD Paper Chart Editor, rather than starting from scratch. Additionally, CARIS AutoChart keeps the paper chart’s traditional look and feel by utilizing optimized symbolization rules, reusing as much as possible from the existing CARIS symbolization library.

In addition to its core functionality, the software solution is designed to be flexible and scalable, accommodating the unique needs of chart production facilities of all sizes. Hydrographic offices, port authorities and waterways authorities will all benefit from the strength of this software, which promises to reduce time to delivery and free resources so that they can work on new challenges.

Teledyne Geospatial has introduced a new solution to automate nautical paper chart production. (Image courtesy: Teledyne Geospatial)
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