This contains a high-level overview of the user interfaces and capabilities that are added to ArcGIS for Desktop after installing ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting and enabling the Maritime Charting extension in the Extensions dialog box.
Maritime Charting relies on several components of Esri technology to form an integrated framework of functionality for the management of nautical chart data and production.
Technology from ArcGIS for Server; ArcGIS for Desktop; and ArcGIS for Desktop extensions, including Esri Production Mapping, ArcGIS Workflow Manager for Desktop, Task Assistant Manager, ArcGIS Data Reviewer for Desktop, ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension for Desktop , and ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension, are all part of Maritime Charting. Maritime Charting leverages technology from ArcGIS for Desktop and Production Mapping components to provide a fully integrated solution for nautical chart production.
The main application interface that a user will interact with in Maritime Charting is ArcMap. ArcMap is the single environment for data conversion, data editing, S-57 production, chart production, and validation. ArcCatalog can be accessed through ArcMap and provides a window into all your spatial data and how it is organized.
Some of the components that are accessible with Maritime Charting are
- Product library
- Maritime Charting data models
- Cartographic features
Product library is fully integrated into ArcMap and is exposed as a window similar to the Table Of Contents. It is required for the creation and management of all products with Maritime Charting. The product library has extensive metadata about the products, is configurable to support multiple production applications, and serves as a document management system for supporting files related to products.
For more information, seeWhat is the product library?.
Maritime Charting is designed to support the production life cycle of navigational products that include raster, electronic, and hard-copy charts. The workflows that support this production life cycle are broadly categorized by data editing, product management, quality assurance, and workflow management. Maritime Charting comes with a variety of tools across the ArcGIS for Desktop framework to support these workflows.
The toolbars commonly used for nautical data and cartographic production are conveniently organized for a variety of workflows under Customize > Production > Toolbar Settings.
Toolbars commonly used for data production include the following:
- Production Editing
- Nautical Cartography
- Nautical DNC
- Nautical Editing Cartography
- Nautical Symbology
- Nautical BSB
- Nautical Unit Selection
Maritime Charting includes toolbar settings for standard hydrographic data editing. The primary editing toolbars for hydrographic data editing are the following:
Maritime Charting includes tools and functionality to create ENC and AML products in S-57 transfer standard format. S-57 data production involves the use of the Production Editing and Nautical editing toolbars as well as the Nautical Unit Selection toolbar.
Traditional nautical chart production with Maritime Charting is supported through the tools available on the Nautical Cartography, Nautical Editing Cartography, Nautical Symbology, and Nautical BSB toolbars.
Digital nautical chart (DNC) production with Maritime Charting is supported through the DNC tools available on the Nautical DNC toolbar.
Maritime Charting also comes with a variety of tools accessible through context menus in ArcCatalog and ArcMap. Some examples include Import > S-57 to Geodatabase within ArcCatalog and Create Database within the Product Library window in ArcMap.
Maritime Charting data models
The data models provided with Maritime Charting are optimized for nautical product generation, maintenance, and publishing. The data models vary, depending on the type of product being generated (ENC, AML, DNC, Chart).
For more information, see ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting data models
Maritime Charting is highly optimized for cartographic output. Taking advantage of representation database-driven cartography for the INT1 symbol specifications, Maritime Charting is able to efficiently assign and update feature symbology. In addition to symbol specifications, Maritime Charting provides grids (INT2) and chart elements to provide an efficient chart generation process.
The validation of hydrographic data is supported through the use of geodatabase domains, topology rules, and preconfigured, automated batch checks. The batch checks include validation of feature attributes, geometry, and feature relationships. In addition, each of the NIS, ENC, AML, and chart data models include verification fields to track which features have been reviewed based on your quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) standards. Any modifications you make to a feature that has a verified value of True will automatically be returned to False. When a verification field is set to False, that feature will disable the ability to post changes in an enterprise environment and will hold back from getting exported to an S-57 cell.