Esri ArcGIS Provides Quick and Easy Access to S-57 Data

Free Viewer Allows Maritime Data Users to Map ENC Data Adherent to IHO Transfer Standard

Redlands, California—February 28, 2012—Esri ArcGIS software can now be used to visualize S-57 data with the symbology that the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) requires. The IHO is an intergovernmental organization that supports safe navigation and protects the marine environment; S-57 is its electronic data transfer standard. The Esri S-57 Viewer can be downloaded at no cost; it allows users to quickly and easily display this data in electronic navigational charts (ENCs) with no data translation. 

Esri S-57 Viewer is an add-on to ArcGIS for Desktop. The viewer allows users to

  • Query and analyze S-57 datasets in a GIS-centric environment
  • Overlay S-57 data with other mapping data, such as bathymetric, topographic, environmental, and satellite imagery layers
  • Apply various IHO S-52 properties such as Color Scheme and Safety Contour Depth

Maritime data users can continue to leverage their investment in Esri technology by installing S‑57 Viewer to visualize and compare ENCs with their existing GIS data or data from other sources, such as ArcGIS Online. S-57 data can also be used in conjunction with specialized applications, like Esri Nautical Solution, which is used to produce and maintain ENCs and paper charts. Other navigational and nonnavigational products can be produced and shared including Digital Nautical Charts (DNC), Additional Military Layers (AML), Marine Information Overlays (MIO), inland ENCs, and other maritime information products. For more information, visit

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Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

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