I. M. Gonin and M. K. Dowd

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Abstract: The electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) is a navigation tool that superimposes electronic chart, ship’s position, and radar information on one display. The purpose of the test described in this paper was to compare baseline performance (i.e., a mariner using traditional techniques of a paper chart, radar/automated radar plotting aid (ARPA), and visual piloting) and performance with ECDIS. Evaluation criteria included safety of navigation, reduction of navigation workload, mariner comfort with chart features and navigation functions, and integration of radar features. Results indicated that when using ECDIS with radar overlay, the average workload was the lowest, leaving more time for collision avoidance. The mariners reported close agreement with the features and functions required by the International Maritime Organization/International Hydrographic Organization (IMO/IHO) Draft Performance Standard for ECDIS. Statistical analyses performed showed navigational method, visibility, and the presence of a radar overlay to be the most significant factors for improving navigational performance.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 41, Number 4
Pages: 435 - 450
Cite this article: Gonin, I. M., Dowd, M. K., "1993 AT-SEA EVALUATION OF ECDIS", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter 1994-1995, pp. 435-450.
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