In September 2001 the University of Southern Mississippi, in conjunction with the United States Navy established an Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Laboratory to conduct research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) on the capabilities and limitations of electronic charting systems, data, display, and updating services required for U. S. Navy and allied operations. To help attain the Navy’ s goal of Fleet wide implementation of an ECDIS - Navy capability by 2004, the ECDIS Laboratory conducts quality control and testing of electronic chart products produced by Naval Oceanographic Office and other government agencies. Additionally, the Laboratory is helping the Navy gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the use of electronic charts when operating in the littoral areas of the world. The ECDIS Laboratory also serves as an information clearinghouse and demonstration center on available electronic chart data, systems, services, and technological advances. This paper discusses the capabilities and accomplishments of the ECDIS Laboratory, the different electronic charting applications, electronic charting production and management software tools, and key accomplishments. More importantly, this paper discusses the technical assistance provides to the Naval Oceanographic Office in their development of tactical overlays, and discusses its supporting role for other agencies such as the U. S. Navy Special Boat Unit 22 and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

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International ECDIS Conference

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Oct 7 - Oct 9, 2003

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Conference Proceeding

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