Streams of Data

The acronym ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) has been in use for a good 15 years. The chart display part is getting more and more content (i.e. ENC coverage) and can be considered operational, but what I consider to be the information part (i.e. some form of integrated pilot, tidal atlases, list of lights and radio signals, etc.) is lacking. While sailing in the Caribbean (oh, poor me!), I had to consult various hydrographic publications to plan cruises, including guides for yachtsmen. I have to admit, it is not too bad to go through the books to find... (read more)
2008-03-01 12:00:00

UKHO Acquires SevenCs

HI Interviews Dr Wyn Williams, UKHO and Gert Büttgenbach, SevenCs
More and more public institutions are involving themselves in private enterprise (see interview ‘The Public-private Dilemma’, December 2005). Is the line between public and private activities becoming blurred? The UK Hydrographic Office has just announced its aquisition of SevenCs, a German producer of ENC production tools and ECDIS.ECS systems (see this month’s Market Place). Hydro international was eager to learn of the thinking behind the move and future plans. We were fortunate, at short notice, to interview UKHO Chief Executive Dr Wyn Williams and co-founder and executive director of SevenCs, Gert Büttgenbach. The press release on the acquisition of SevenCs... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrography to Fill in the 'I' in ECDIS

Hydro International Interviews Michael Casey
Hydrographers need to step up and fill the I in ECDIS, says Michael Casey, vice president Geospatial Systems at IIC Technologies and prior to that director for Nautical Charting at the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Casey sees hydrography and hydrographers playing a big role in enabling the marine industry to ship goods all over world in a more energy efficient way. Hydro International talks to him about this importance of energy efficient shipping and the role of hydrography in this development, the Northern Route as alternative for saving costs, carbon fuel and the I for information in ECDIS, in which this... (read more)
2011-07-15 03:17:22

International Communications and Navigation Ltd

International Communications and Navigation Ltd (ICAN) is a product development and systems integration company incorporated in 1996. The company has its headquarters in St John’s, Canada with offices in Quebec City, Canada and Dallas in the US. ICAN was initially conceived as a systems integration company that focused on differential GPS infrastructure. This changed in 1997 as ICAN became involved in shipboard projects and started developing electronic charting technology. The company focused from the beginning on delivering systems that provided utility to the customer. Navigation is an essential utility provided by electronic charting systems, but there are many other aspects... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrographic Society Benelux

News Harbour Approach Information Workshop A workshop organised by the HSB in Zeebrugge, Belgium, on 29th November 2002 was attended by more than sixty people. The topic for the workshop was Harbour Approach Information. The majority of the seven presentations dealt with the development, production and maintenance of Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) and Electronic Chart Systems (ECSs), and practical experience with these systems. A classical problem, and one which has prevented the production of fully automatic charts in the area for which the Port of Rotterdam authority is responsible, was the transformation from WGS84 and LLWS to the national horizontal... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrographic Society Russia

News The Hydrographic Society of Russia (HSR), has always kept in touch with companies working in the field of navigation and hydrography and taken an active interest in their new developments and achievements. That is why the HDNO (The Head Department of Navigation and Oceanography) approval of Transas charts has attracted HSR attention. In late October, a group of HSR members headed by Dr N. Neronov, their President, visited the Transas office in St. Petersburg, Russia. The main purpose of the visit was to meet the Transas production team and to familiarise members with the company’s latest developments in electronic... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

‘Unofficial Charts’ on the Horizon?

In the article entitled 'How Blockchain Will Have an Impact on Navigation', published in the March/April 2018 issue of Hydro International, Gert Büttgenbach explains how the new blockchain technology could be potentially beneficial for the production and distribution of nautical charts. One of the conclusions of the article indicates that the new technological environment calls for reconsidering the ’exclusive domain of national Hydrographic Offices’ (HOs) and suggests that the private sector could in future produce ‘unofficial charts’ that would be superior to ’official’ charts produced by the HOs. But these views reflect a misunderstanding of the situation, according to Gilles... (read more)
2018-06-12 11:39:10

The Order of Canada

Interview with Mike Eaton, CHS Hydrographer and Mariner (Rtd)
There were three major overlapping phases in Mike Eaton’s career: Arctic developments in the Canadian Hydrographic Service, positioning systems development while at the Bedford Institute and electronic chart development after his retirement. In the Arctic he found ways to acoustically measure the depth beneath the ice and developed a rather hairy towfish sounding method from a helicopter in open waters. At the Bedford Institute he worked with Paul Brunavs and Dave Gray on the propagation of the radio ground waves used by Decca, Loran-C etc. Later he became deeply involved in the initial specifications of the electronic chart, and was... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Lilley and Gillie Navigates a Further 34% Sales Improvement

Lilley and Gillie continues their business growth momentum after a further period of spectacular growth in sales of their manufactured products. In the last quarter of 2004 the company has achieved a 34% increase in sales of our manufactured products over the same period of 2003. This growth comes on top of the 45% growth recorded in that same period in 2003. The growth has been driven by the launch in the year of the first two of the re-designed and re-engineered Walker products since Lilley & Gillie acquired the Thomas Walker business in 2002 and centralised all manufacturing at... (read more)
2005-02-24 12:00:00

IC-ENC Supports Training with ChartWorld ECDIS

The International Centre for ENCs (IC-ENC) has selected the ChartWorld eGlobe G2 ECDIS as a tool to provide their 37 member nations to supplement ENC production and validation processes. This will give each member Hydrographic Office the opportunity to load their ENCs into an ECDIS in order that the maritime user’s perspective can be considered and to check its interoperability with adjacent data. The SevenCs display engine inside the ChartWorld eGlobe G2 ECDIS is used by 30% of all ECDIS and ECS users within the SOLAS market, allowing IC-ENC and its members to make a representative data assessment on a... (read more)
2015-10-16 11:34:41
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