ManTech announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has accepted a new system that revolutionizes how NOAA produces its nautical charts. This system – Nautical Chart System II (NCS II) – represents a technological leap forward in creating the charts that mariners need to bring people and goods safely and efficiently through America’s oceans and coasts.
NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey partnered with ManTech in 2004 to develop an integrated chart production system. ManTech identified the best alternative to meet NOAA needs for an integrated commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution, selecting the ArcGIS 9.3 Nautical solution, an offering from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI).
ManTech led the integration process and worked with NOAA and ESRI to bring the functional capability of the COTS solution in line with the NOAA Hydrographic Office community’s needs. ManTech also led efforts to develop and implement the required workflows and system interfaces to integrate the COTS solution into a system meeting NOAA Hydrographic Office production line requirements for efficiency, review and product publishing, accepting an integrated solution based on ESRI’s ArcGIS Nautical 9.3 software that outputs charting data to multiple chart products from a single, streamlined database in February, ’09.
Captain Steven Barnum, NOAA Office of Coast Survey director said,“The needs of the global navigation community are constantly changing, and our charts must adapt to those needs. The system we developed with ManTech allows NOAA to continue being the provider of choice for accurate and timely navigation data.”
George J. Pedersen, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, ManTech International Corporation commented, “The NOAA’s Nautical Chart System II is an innovative and cost-effective, enterprise-based, database management solution. The centralized nautical database will have the versatility to build different charts needed by the maritime community and the ability to exchange data seamlessly with the national geospatial database infrastructure and other government agencies.”