International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) S Electronic Navigation . values be recoded to UTF-8 from the character encoding specified in the S57 DSSI. Also known as S The IHO S format is a vector interchange format used for maritime charts. It was developed by the International Hydrographic. Background and introduction; S Data Model; IHO Object and Attributes ‘ International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Transfer Standard for Digital.

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Selective Access – to restrict access to ENC information to only those cells that a customer has been licenced for. S provides the standard for data protection encryption of ENCs, while S provides specifications and guidance regarding the issuing of ENCs, their display in ino electronic chart display and information system S557 and their updating.

Back to all stories. IHO standards are compiled and maintained by various Working Groups made up of volunteer representatives from IHO Member States usually from HOstogether with expert contributors representing industry and the various other stakeholder groups.

S-57, S-63 and S-52: The latest IHO Standards and what they mean

The S57 format is a numerical map format for nautical maps, which is a standard published by the International Hydrographic Organization IHO. The default S57 Renderer, uses predefined styles to represent map features through polylines, polygons and small icons. The Organization began developing standards and guidelines intended for use by the wide community of professionals with responsibilities in the fields of hydrography, nautical cartography, safety of navigation and related matters.

M-4 and M — Standards for Paper Charts M-4 provides the chart specifications for the compilation and presentation of nautical charts issued by charting authorities such as HOs, together with agreed symbols and abbreviations.



You can also create your own implementation of the Renderer to display the same S57 data through a different formalism. Authentication – to provide assurance that the ENC data has come from approved sources.

This means that what the mariner sees on the screen is displayed in the same way across all approved makes and models of ECDIS. Standardisation of hydrographic methods and the provision of information is a fundamental part of achieving the IHO objectives. You can find more information ss57.

M provides specific regulations for the co-ordination and production of INT charts. Find more information on www. S — Standard for Hydrographic Surveys S sets out the standards required for the execution of hydrographic surveys for the collection of data primarily intended for the compilation of nautical charts to be used for the safety of surface navigation and the protection of the marine environment. Don’t miss the latest developments: M-3 contains detailed guidance on the ioh of nautical publications such as Sailing Directions.

Usually cells contain data for only a subzone of the global catalog zone. How Blockchain Will Impact on Navigation.

S57 feature objects are translated into features. An S57 catalog covers an area with nautical data.

S, S, S, S — Standards for Electronic Charts S describes the data standard to be used for the exchange of digital hydrographic data generally. Piracy Protection – to prevent unauthorised use of data by encrypting the ENC information.

S57 geometry objects are automatically collected and formed into geometries on the features. The standards also provide the procedures for submission of documentation and a complete model syllabus. The S57 Reader module produces S57 features in one or more related S57 data files. M-3 is the consolidated Resolutions of the IHO.

Irregularities could include incorrectly intersecting geometry, depths plotted on land or railway tracks appearing in open water. Below, we outline what each of the standards mean and why they’re so crucial to safety of ships at sea. The following IHO standards are among the most important. An S57 dataset can be a directory, in which case all S57 files in the directory are selected, an S57 catalog file, in which case all files referred to from the catalog are selected, or an individual S57 data file.


For the mariner, this means that data which meets these standards is authenticated and comes from an official source, reducing the risk of using inaccurate data that is posed by unofficial ENCs and the risk of malware being introduced to a ship’s IT systems.

A configuration file allows you to configure these styles. S52 symbols are rendered using a predefined icon per object type, whatever the object attributes are. For example you can specify colors, line styles, icons and even visibility for each feature, based on its S57 code.

ENC/S57 charts for ECDIS and ECS

The presentation library is an important part of this standard and ship owners are now expected to update to the latest library 4. S — Hydrographic Dictionary Ihp permanent working group maintains the IHO Hydrographic Dictionary Swhich now contains almost 7, definitions of words and terms used in hydrography and associated activities. Will Blockchain Drop Anchor in Hydrography? It is composed of a single directory containing both a catalog file.

Within this standard, the S ENC product specification defines how hydrographic offices will construct an Electronic Navigational Chart.