Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

October 25, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,

This week, we will reach an important milestone in the modernization of nautical chart production. Marine Chart Division (MCD) will complete the task of loading the entire Coast Survey portfolio of over 1,000 electronic navigational charts into the Nautical Information System (NIS) database. MCD stores and updates all of the information used on its nautical chart products and weekly ENC updates in this database.

Although completed almost a year ahead of schedule, it was no easy feat. At the early stages of the project, MCD developed a process for loading complicated files into the database and completely reorganized its branches from a functional to geographic structure (in a matter of two weeks!) to make the process more efficient. Over the next four years, the files were loaded branch by branch with the assistance of a “load team” that traveled with the effort.Thank you to the MCD branch chiefs for your leadership and the staff for your flexibility and commitment. I would also like to thank John Nyberg and Mike Brown for keeping this project a priority for the division and Coast Survey as a whole.

This is an important step toward getting our data to mariners quickly and improving overall safety of navigation. Quite an accomplishment!

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith