Before you can take full advantage of the ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry tools, you need to create at least one Bathymetry Information System (BIS) workspace. The Create BIS Database tool on the Bathymetry toolbar is designed to create new BIS geodatabases. The BIS is a geodatabase that references bathymetry data stored either locally or on your network and can be set up on a file or enterprise geodatabase. A BIS created within a file geodatabase is typically used for small implementations where having multiple, disparate users accessing the workspace is not required. The file geodatabase does not support versioning, only local connections, and is stored on your internal network or file system. An enterprise geodatabase should be used if your agency or organization needs to allow multiple users to access the system.
One of the key features of the BIS is that the system does not load the bathymetric surfaces directly into the geodatabase. This makes the BIS very scalable since the system tables that manage the bathymetric surfaces can grow based on the database system’s table storage capabilities.
This guide book is intended for database administrators as recommendations for establishing the BIS workspace in a geodatabase in SQL Server. The geodatabase in SQL Server uses ArcGIS technology as the gateway between geographic information system (GIS) clients and SQL Server.
Before starting this guide book, you need to install the SQL Server software.
SQL Server installation
Before starting this guide book, install SQL Server on a Windows operating system. The default settings for the SQL Server database management system work well with the geodatabase. Configure the instance to accept remote connections.
When you install SQL Server, be sure to install Full-Text Search.