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Digital nautical chart production, maintenance and management, and
Applications such as inland navigation, portable pilot units, and naval patrol boats.
The new ENC Designer 4.6.2 has been released in November 2014. It comes with improved functionality to highlight the new validation categories that were introduced in the brand new Edition 5.0.0. of S-58.
Like ENC Analyzer ENC Designer now uses different font colours to reflect the different severity levels (critical – red, error – brick red, warnings – blue) of the validation log messages as depicted in the image below. This makes it easy for users to quickly identify errors that are categorized as critical.
The IHO is in the process of introducing a mandatory minimum check standard for ENCs. The idea of the new severity schema of S-58 is to highlight such errors that would make an ENC unusable in ECDIS. Currently the IHO is waiting until producers will be able to meet the new check standard before releasing a new edition of S-58.
We are happy to announce that SevenCs and L-3 Oceania ENC validation tools are fully compliant with the new IHO S-58 standard already and are proud that we can provide you with the appropriate tools to help you assure that your ENCs meet the minimum check standard for new and updated ENC data.
L-3 Oceania is a leading provider of maritime systems and solutions in the surface, undersea, geospatial and network centric spheres of operation for both defence and commercial applications. L-3 Oceania promotes a sophisticated level of customer support and prides itself on its people and the pursuit of excellence in delivering complex programs for the high-technology undersea, defence and geospatial domains and is proud to be an Australia-based company.
The November 2014 releases of ENC Designer and SeeMyENC support the latest draft AML Portrayal Specification that was made available by UKHO.
In August 2014 UKHO approached producers of AML production or exploitation software and provided them with the new Draft Portrayal Specification for the presentation of AML 3.0 data. The industry was invited to incorporate this specification into viewing tools.
The screen dumps below show two examples how AML 3 data is presented in SevenCs free viewer SeeMyENC observing the new portrayal rules.
SevenCs can confirm the technical feasibility of the specification. We are glad to be able to provide tools that can be used by organizations that want to make a proper assessment of the proposed AML presentation in order to provide comments or feedback to UKHO. This will allow realistic testing of the specification using actual AML data.
SevenCs continues its highly practical training courses, intended to provide guidance for those who are concerned with the future production and supply of S-57 ENC data.
The latest course took place in the SevenCs Office in Hamburg. It was held especially for the Finland Hydrographic Office and was dedicated to the SevenCs ENC Tools: ENC Designer, ENC Manager, ENC Optimizer, and ENC Analyzer. During five days of coaching by two experienced SevenCs specialists, Violetta Blatz and Christina Ulrich, the participants from Finland could enhance their knowledge and aptitude in a series of progressive exercises. The general opinion of the Finnish HO professionals was that the SevenCs training is very comprehensive and provides considerable added value for their daily production routine.
Bjoern Roehlich, Sales Director of SevenCs, commented: “It was a great pleasure to host the training for the Finnish HO. After the successful capacity building project in Montenegro this was another nice example how easy the ENC Tools are to operate and how proficient our team can provide training.“