The Requirements of Precise Navigation for the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)

  • Horst Hecht
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 117)


The Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) has been defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in cooperation with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), as a new, world-wide standardized navigation system. It is based on an object-structured vector data base, allowing GIS functionality. The structure of ECDIS is explained, and it is shown how ECDIS, linked to GPS/DGPS positioning, boosts integration of navigational bridge functions. An overview of the standards developed for ECDIS is given and their rationale explained. In particular, the requirements of precise navigation result in the need for high accuracy surveys and a demand for using a single, unified horizontal datum for unique geographic reference. Likewise, a harmonization of vertical Chart Datums is needed. Some problems resulting from this are discussed.


Geographic Information System International Maritime Organization Vertical Data Chart Data Horizontal Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Horst Hecht
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  1. 1.Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)HamburgGermany

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