FDIS for ECS Approved

The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) for the ECS database Ð ISO 19379 Ð has been approved by an NECSA international vote of thirteen countries. The FDIS version of the standard was approved by China, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Japan, DPR Korea, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the United States. The ten Participating members of ISO Committee TC 8/SC 6 voted unanimously in favour of the standard. Work on this standard began in December 1998. Once editorial corrections have been made it will be released as an International Standard by ISO Headquarters in Geneva. The... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

FDIS ISO 19379 Unanimously Approved by 10 Nations

Word was received that the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) ECS Database Standard, ISO 19379 was unanimously approved by Participating members of TC8 SC6. The Ten members voting were: Germany, Italy, Japan, DPR Korea, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, two Observer members, Cuba and Slovakia voted approval. Two countries, the UK and the US approved with corrections to the FDIS. These editorial corrections will be made, and the FDIS will be sent to the Secretariat for publication of the standard by ISO Headquarters. Owners and operators of vessels currently using... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

NECSA Europe

A new, non-profit Foundation is in the process of being formed in Holland, under the leadership of Vice Admiral Joost van Aalst (Ret.), formerly the Hydrographer of Holland. This organisation will be formed in time to provide support for a number of activities resulting from the new ECS database standard, the first of which will be qualification of auditors to perform compliance testing of the provisions for the new standard. Secondly, NECSA Europe will be in a position to advise and support shipping companies, vessel operators and maritime regulatory authorities in the application of the database standard to ECS installations... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Northern Airborne Technology C-MAP CM-93 Licensed

Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) has been licensed by C-MAP to use its ECS and CM-93 Edition 3 database. The system, called NAT-ECS, is an industrialised touch screen PC/display combo unit with a bright 15" LCD screen. Taking advantage of the power and simplicity of C-MAP ECS, the NAT-ECS provides all of the features and functionality of an ECDIS system, integrating onboard sensors such as ARPA, AIS and depth, as well as any other onboard sensors. In addition, the NAT-ECS includes an optional weather forecasting module for ocean voyage use, with forecasting for up to ten days. One of the features... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Subsea 7 Goes Digital

A VisualWorks digital video system has recently been installed onboard the Allseas vessel MV Trenchsetter and the MV Provider for Subsea 7, providing pipelay support surveys for a major pipelay project in the North Sea being performed by the Solitaire. The systems have been operating successfully for six weeks, providing instant digital video pictures to the online and off-line operators. The onboard reporting and processing team have reported that the digital video system assists the QC process and improves the final deliverable. The end client will receive a USB hard disk array containing all the video data linked to the... (read more)
2003-11-11 12:00:00

ECS Database Standard ISO 19379

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has published the ECS Database standard, ISO 19379 and this is now available for purchase. In the United States copies of this copyright document can be obtained from Mr James Spicer, james.spicer@ihs. com, Tel: 800-854-7179 Ext. 7968. In other countries, purchase can be made from the local national standards committee. This announcement is the culmination of four years of work by a dedicated Working Group, and all members are to be congratulated. (read more)
2003-11-11 12:00:00

BDHA for Windows

PCAL Technology Ltd has released ‘BDHA for Windows’ software, which provides Quality Control and modelling functionality for Swathe Bathymetry XYZ data. BDHA (Bathymetry Data Handling and Analysis) for Windows enables multiple XYZ datafiles to be analysed simultaneously to provide an independent and objective assessment of the consistency of the acquired data. The software is a tool for client representatives to check the quality and accuracy of swathe bathymetry during a hydrographic survey. Statistical parameters such as coverage, density of soundings, mean, minimum and maximum depth and standard deviation are calculated automatically and can be displayed in the main viewer window... (read more)
2003-11-11 12:00:00

Latest Version DNC Production System

CARIS has released version 3.2 of CARIS DOM (DIGEST Object Manager) for DNC (Digital Nautical Chart) production. CARIS DOM software is used for the production of DNC and Vmap1 (Vector Smart Map) nautical charts and also supports production of NATO Additional Military Layer (AML) products in VPF (Vector Product Format) format. The new version includes new tools, as well as modifications to existing tools engineered to bring efficiencies in production, with specific attention to the data validation and error correction processes. The Digital Nautical Chart is produced by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) and is an unclassified, vector-based... (read more)
2003-11-11 12:00:00

CARIS HPD Advances

CARIS has released version 2.0 of its Hydrographic Production Database (HPD). Built on Oracle, HPD combines a Source Database and Product Database in one solution, providing seamless and non-redundant storage and maintenance of spatial and non-spatial data used for all hydrographic products. The Product Database delivers storage and maintenance of product definitions including coverage and cartographic representations and historical versions of products. Using the same data model in the Source and Product Databases means changes in the source data can be tracked all the way to the product(s) using it. When a product is created, it is not cut loose... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

Offshore AIS Network Complete

Norcontrol IT has supplied Petroleos Mexicanos Exploration (PEMEX) with a large offshore AIS network. Whilst AIS is generally considered a tool for port and coastal applications, the offshore industry can benefit from the extra data it offers. The project is located in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico and spans some 150 platforms throughout the entire area. Norcontrol IT has installed eight AIS base stations supplied by Kongsberg Seatex, a subsidiary of Kongsberg maritime. PEMEX is currently in the process of installing AIS transponders on supply vessels and other ships serving the oil production facilities in the... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00
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