ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting Common Questions

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What does ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting do?

ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting provides a powerful, flexible, and efficient production environment to develop navigational products that meet hydrographic standards. ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting is a complete system that can ingest nautical data in a variety of formats, including the IHO S-57 standard; manage and edit features; and create navigational products either in an enterprise or a desktop GIS environment. At the cornerstone of the solution is Product Library, a powerful, integrated product management framework that creates, tracks, and updates navigational products in a logical, well-organized manner. A series of nautical-specific tools have been developed to address complex geometries, S-57 object characteristics, chart production needs and symbology, and international standards for exporting and publishing. It provides a single application interface, ArcMap, for all source compilation, product finishing, and publishing. ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting is scalable, utilizes the same suite of tools and processes for the desktop and the enterprise, and takes advantage of proven Esri technology that is used globally by production agencies.


Who uses ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting?

ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting is used by

  • Hydrographic offices and contractors
  • Data managers
  • Non-traditional chart producers
  • Port authorities
  • Offshore energy
  • Maritime defense/National Security
  • Ocean use planners and ocean scientists


What products are supported by ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting?

ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting can be used to produce and maintain

  • S-57 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC)
  • Official and unofficial paper charts
  • Raster Nautical Charts (RNC)
  • Digital Nautical Charts (DNC)
  • Additional Military Layers (AML) v2.1
  • Inland ENC (IENC) with additional configuration
  • Other specialized chart products


Do I need to purchase other Esri software to run ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting?

No. If the ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting Bundle is purchased, all the software you need to create charts in a non-enterprise environment is included. This includes: ArcGIS for Desktop (Advanced license level), ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting, ArcGIS Workflow Manager, Task Assistant Manager, ArcGIS Data Reviewer, and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst.


ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting is also available as a stand-alone solution product. The sub-components that are included with ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting are: Esri Production Mapping, ArcGIS Data Reviewer, ArcGIS Workflow Manager, and Task Assistant Manager.


Are training courses available for ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting?

Yes. ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting training courses are offered through Esri's Learning Center. We strongly recommend that training be given to key staff who will be using these tools. Customized training is also available. Please contact for more information on training.


Can I use ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting with other ArcGIS extensions?

Yes, ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting integrates seamlessly with other ArcGIS extensions.


Can I use the current version of ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting with an older version of ArcGIS?

No. To install and function correctly, the versions must match. For example, ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting 10.2 only works with ArcGIS 10.2.


Does ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting work with Oracle?

Yes. Besides Oracle, the solution is supported on other databases such as SQL Server, Informix, DB2, and Postgres.


Does ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting support S-101?

The S-101 standard is still in the approval stages by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). Esri is on the standard working committee (TSMAD) and is keenly aware of the changes that will come as a result of S-101. Please contact for more information. Esri, along with NOAA (United States), has jointly developed a prototype S-57 to S-101 converter that is open source and freely available.


Does ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting include symbology and positioning compliance with S4 and INT1, INT2, and INT3?

Symbology and grids are based on INT1 and INT2. The positioning of the symbols (the anchor point) varies based on the symbol. INT3 is a comprehensive collection of objects over a fictitious area that is published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) in the form of a .000 file or series of .000 files.


Does the solution create charts that can be tailored for specific customers?

Yes. Advanced customizable options are available to easily tailor the solution for unique and specific requirements for charting.

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