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An excellent title for the industry readers; its content is addressing all of the covered topics in a practical manner  making the publication one of the best available ones for the people dealing with the integrated navigation solutions. With the information compiled and presented by the world recognized and respected authorities, the present release of this popular work will provide the practicing engineers as well as computer scientists and all other categories of interested readers with a required working familiarity of both theoretical basics and modern practical applications of the GNSS, INS and Kalman filters.

The authors have been focusing on the real life problems with the main emphasis being placed on the effective utilization of the contemporary integration techniques for the above listed systems, particularly Kalman filtering. The authors have explored the commonly occurring failures and various subtleties, together with the inherent theoretical limitations applying to the real situations, and also covered many practical problems including GBAS, SBAS, GNN-aided INS, modeling of the accelerometers and gyros etc.

The book contains all updates to the GNSS and other relevant systems being under development, features expanded coverage of the fundamental design principles for antenna and receiver, inertial navigation, math models and so many other topics.

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The present thoroughly revised edition of the ECDIS Procedures Guide duly reflects all changes that recently took place in the marine navigation software. The author has addressed the critical menus as well as the alarms that require to be managed through proper identification of their significance. The publication provides a good overview of the observations.

The main objective was to provide industry with the updated and practically useful guidebook to the procedures that would be relevant to the major equipment manufacturers and take into account the latest regulations in the field of electronic marine navigation. As a result, the navigators who have familiarized themselves with the information contained in this guide will be prepared to the use of ECDIS installed on board their vessels.

The document gives info on the recommendations regarding the configuration of the electronic charts systems and its use as the primary navigation means. In order to be considered as being in compliance with the relevant regulations, the vessel should have the type approved system, provide the navigators with the proper and detailed training, be in possession of the sufficiently detailed data for the planned passage, consider any requirements from the Flag administration etc.

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This book was prepared by the recognized authorities in the field with the intention to provide all interested readers, including practicing engineers, scientists and just enthusiasts with a good working familiarity with both theory and modern practical applications of the GPS, as well as the INST, standing for the inertial navigational systems, and Kalman filters.

In fact, this book is the only one containing required guidance to Kalman filtering together with its applications to the real-world problems of GPS/INS. Throughout the volume, the focus has been made on solving of the live problems and the effective use of the modern integration techniques, and Kalman filters, in particular. The authors of the volume has explored numerous subtleties and common failures, plus inherent limitations of the theory as applicable to the real-life situations; they have also provided many detailed examples of the application.

The content of the volume is based on the authors' practical experience with the INS, GPS and Kalman filter, enabling them to present different design and also implementation techniques that are not commonly found in the other books. This would include the original techniques for representing the problems in a math model, assessing the computational requirements, testing the validity of the obtained results, analyzing the performance and monitoring it in operation.

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Marine radar is considered a must-have piece of shipboard radio equipment necessary for the safe navigation of the vessels; such radars are also carried even by many leisure crafts on voluntary basis, with VTS, standing for the vessel traffic services, and this equipment is truly indispensable to the safe and effective operation of the major marine ports and harbors; in addition, this equipment has some other important maritime applications.

The present volume will tell the readers how marine radars detect the targets. The content starts with quite brief historical overview to explain the way contemporary practice has developed from the original faltering steps of the past times. The authors have described and illustrated the modern marine radars together with both active and passive beacon targets.

As we know and as it has been discussed in this publication by Videotel, operation of the marine radar relies on the ability of various marine objects to return the echoes, and the authors have examined subject ability in theoretical and practical standpoints. The have also included the full technical analysis of numerous real life factors such as the environment and the weather plus the radio operator's ability to set the required controls. All efforts have been made to be comprehensive and to minimize the need for any other references.

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We definitely recommend you to have a look in the revised and significantly expanded "Radar Handbook" providing students of the maritime colleges, professionals and enthusiasts of radio technology with a required coverage of the associated technology starting right from the theoretical fundamentals and up to the newest contemporary applications of radars.

The content was worked out basing on the invaluable contributions by thirty world recognized experts in the subject field, and their combined professional efforts eventually result in this title expected to serve as a good information source addressing the radar subsystems, e.g. the antennas/receivers, transmitters, pulse compression, processing of the data etc. The target cross-section is also explained, with the various radar systems, echoes from sea and ground, etc.

This release features the truly unsurpassed guidance on the theoretical concepts, practical applications of the radars, and several completely new chapters covering the signal processing, traffic control, bistatic radars, sea clutter, meteorological radar, ground penetration, auto-detection, sensor integration etc. Hundreds of the clear and informative illustrations plus the real-life examples are supplementing the text of the volume, included to facilitate better understanding.

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This technical document has been specifically prepared with the main aim of the author to provide all readers with the pertinent info related to the established practical procedures of adjusting the magnetic compasses in a single volume. The author of the book has addressed the fundamental theoretical principles of the deviation of magnetic compasses together with their correction, not going too deep into the specific details of particular magnetic compass equipment.

The text of this volume is presented as a systematic treatise covering all aspects of magnetic compass adjustments; the personnel of the vessel having little to no experience with correcting the magnetic compasses, will appreciate the info contained in the book that will help them eliminate the errors satisfactorily and it will not be required to perform any intensive and thorough study of the whole text.

The chapters of the handbook provide the established procedures for the adjustment of the magnetic compasses, theoretical basics of the magnetism, practical adjustment procedures, heading of the vessel and azimuths, corrector effects and typical deviation curve, using of the different instruments for correction, records and reports of magnetic compasses, intro to the degaussing etc. Definitely must-read volume for any crew member dealing with magnetic compasses in any way.

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This volume is the second book of the set released by the Nautical Institute and devoted to the modern navigation techniques. While the first book of the series addressed Radar and AIS, this one is dealing with the ECDIS and Positioning. We would obviously recommend all our visitors to go through the content of each of the books in order to get a clear picture and understanding of all navigational equipment and techniques that are in use today.

Though such equipment and satellite positioning systems and electronic charts have been in use for quite a while, not too much information is readily available there for the mariners concerning their prior use on board. This volume will make an attempt o redress this situation. The two technologies addressed in this book go hand to hand. The content of the book has been divided in three sections. 

The first section provides general overview of geodetic and positioning basics so make readers able to understand the subsequent material. The rest of the volume takes readers through the most popular e-positioning systems such as GPS and GLONASS, eLoran, Galileo and others including inertial and differential systems, electronic charts, covering statutory issues that shall be considered as necessary, and provide lots of other useful information, instructions and data that will all be of great use for the practicing navigators willing to be up-to-date with the modern technology.

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The present publication is the first volume of the two-book set giving a fully up-to-date perspective and overview of the contemporary navigational techniques and addressing technically sophisticated navigational equipment that is becoming increasingly available to the bridge team including such equipment as the INS, i.e. integrated navigation systems and IBS, which is the integrated bridge systems.

Although the technological advances are nowadays at the increasing rate, maritime training lags behind technology. This, in turn, c eventually lead to the inappropriate, and in some cases even dangerous use of the available equipment; in other cases, this equipment is not utilized to the best level of effectiveness.

The intention of the author of this two-volume series was to help the users get better understanding of the modern navigation where technically complex equipment is used - such understanding will let them use all equipment in a safe and effective manner which will significantly contribute to safe handling and navigation of the ship.

These books should not be treated as textbooks to be used when preparing for the exams - it is rather good to let the professionals and trainees comprehend all benefits and issues of the equipment installed on board their vessels. The second volume of the set is devoted to the ECDIS and Positioning.

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