Raster Charts Entering GIS Era

OceanWise, UK, has developed a set of specialist tools and methodologies to identify specific content from raster charts. By removing all content to the landward side of the coastline, OceanWise has created a product which can be used seamlessly alongside terrestrial data and as a result is a more consistent and useful dataset for customers. Ever since the first paper nautical chart was scanned and georeferenced over three decades ago, the geographic information community has struggled to use them efficiently within GIS software and map making solutions. This is due firstly to the chart being designed for use as a... (read more)
2015-11-05 10:09:32

FME 2007 Supports Raster Data

Safe Software’s FME 2007 includes Spatial ETL capability for raster data from now on. The new version provides raster and vector integration capability and facilitates GIS professionals to work with both raster and vector data within one complete spatial ETL solution. Using the familiar FME Workbench interface, FME users who need to work with raster data can harness the extract, transform, and load capabilities that were previously only available for vector data. FME 2007 supports over 20 new formats; new raster formats include HDF4/HDF4-EOS ASTER/Hyperion formats, ERDAS Raw, and RadarSAT2. A WMS reader is also included in FME. Newly added... (read more)
2007-05-09 02:01:52

Safe Software Extends Raster ETL Capabilities

Safe Software has introduced support for Bathymetric Attributed Grid (BAG), enhancing their raster ETL offerings in the marketplace. FME now enables organisations to translate and convert data between BAG, a widely recognized raster-based bathymetric data exchange format, and over 225 other formats supported by FME. A non-proprietary raster-based bathymetric data exchange format, BAG was created to facilitate the processing and storage of large volume multi-beam sonar data and is commonly used by the hydrographic community.     New support in FME for the BAG format includes translation to and from the format, as well as data conversion capabilities. Users can... (read more)
2009-06-25 02:16:10

Marine Themes and Raster Charts Go Global

UK-based OceanWise has established off-the-shelf marine mapping datasets that meet the needs of the most demanding applications. These datasets include raster charts, marine themes and the recently released marine themes DEM. These marine mapping is now available globally from established UK-based digital mapping distributors, FIND Mapping and emapsite.com as well as from local in-country distributors. The data is provided for immediate download in open GIS formats under licence or as subscription based Web Mapping and Feature Services (OGC WMS and WFS). OceanWise’s MD, Dr Mike Osborne, who has pioneered the development of marine GIS, Marine SDI and marine mapping for... (read more)
2012-10-09 04:52:13

Vattenfall Procures OceanWise Raster Charts XL

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy group, has procured OceanWise Raster Charts XL (eXcluding Land) as a seamless Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) for Northern Europe. Based on standard nautical charts, and therefore with a familiar look and feel, Raster Charts XL are marine charts which have had all the land and other non-marine features removed. Meta-features such as scale bars, source data diagrams and title blocks have been removed meaning they no longer hide more useful information. Removing the land means Vattenfall can combine the WMTS with its own sources of land mapping data to give improved coverage in the coastal zone.... (read more)
2018-04-18 08:21:48

OceanWise Releases Innovative Global Raster Chart Dataset

OceanWise, the leading UK-based supplier of Intelligent Marine and Coastal Mapping Data is pleased to announce the release of its Global Raster Chart dataset of the world's oceans: ‘Raster Chart XL Oceans’. RCXL Oceans is a new fast service that is widely accessible using most GIS software. It is perfect for those practitioners and decision makers looking to add a familiar authoritative mapping source to their business proposals, GIS projects and Web Mapping Applications. OceanWise operations manager Caroline Levey commented: “We are really proud to be launching this extension to our mapping range and firmly believe that Raster Charts XL... (read more)
2020-05-28 01:31:10

Fugawi Aboard Quilted Raster Charts for US and Canadian Waters

Fugawi Aboard, from Northport Systems, is designed with new technology, combining US and Canadian raster charts based on National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) nautical charts into quilted regions for use on compatible chart plotters. Fugawi Aboard combines over 2,000 NOAA and 600 CHS raster navigation charts all on one convenient quilted product. Packed with coastline detail for the entire United States and Canada, Fugawi Aboard delivers the look and feel of vector charts with the unmatched detail and familiarity of paper charts. The charts behave like any other electronic cartography, allowing users to zoom and... (read more)
2014-09-08 09:51:08

Partnership to Improve Interoperability with CSAR Framework

Safe Software and CARIS, Canada, have announced that support for the CARIS Spatial Archive (CSAR) raster format for gridded bathymetry and elevation data will be included in FME 2014, which is already available in the beta and scheduled for official release in January 2014. FME users will have direct access to the data storage technology designed by CARIS for efficient storage and visualisation of high-volume raster data. FME 2014 can now read and write CSAR raster files, and can also read raster data directly from CARIS Bathy Database (BDB), allowing CSAR rasters to be transformed and manipulated in FME workflows.  The... (read more)
2013-12-10 04:53:54

Safe Software FME 2006

Continuing its initiative to deliver a complete Spatial ETL solution encompassing both raster and vector support, Safe Software has released FME 2006, that refines the authoring environment of the FME Workbench and incorporates over a thousand user-requested improvements. On the raster front, preview formats have been updated and new ones added. These include support for Oracle GeoRaster, allowing raster data to be loaded into an Oracle Database10gR2. Newly added is support for the Google Earth KML format. Also supported for the first time is GML 3.1.1. approved last May by the Open Geospatial Consortium as the standard XML-based group of... (read more)
2006-02-13 12:00:00

LINZ Releases BSB Format RNCs

In keeping with its mandate to make data more accessible to as many people as possible, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is now offering its Raster Navigational Charts (RNCs) at no charge online in BSB format. The charts were produced using the CARIS Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) Raster Module following on-site training and a pilot project to migrate LINZ's existing raster base data to HPD. LINZ originally implemented HPD in 2006 to advance nautical chart and Electronic Navigation Chart (ENC) production. The move to HPD for raster charting will save LINZ a lot of time and effort as the charts... (read more)
2014-03-04 09:31:53
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