Prepare for the Eleven Cities Tour with Luciad V2018.1

In January 2019, we released Luciad V2018.1. One of the new features in this release is the support for Inland Electronic Navigational Charts (IENC) in its capabilities range for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) in LuciadLightspeed and LuciadFusion. ECDIS  is a computer-based navigation system which is used to visualize digital nautical data, as an alternative to paper nautical charts. Nautical data includes all information which may be of assistance for the safe navigation of vessels at sea and harbors, such as sea depth information, positions of buoys, lights, wrecks, and so on.

Prior to this release, the Luciad portfolio already supported navigational charts for the open sea, but the new support for river charts comes along with new opportunities, not only to prepare your next sailing trip but also to get ready for the Elfstedentocht!

The Elfstedentocht (English: Eleven cities tour) is a long-distance tour skating event, almost 200 kilometres (120 mi) long, in Friesland which is the northern province of the Netherlands with Europe’s largest expanse of interconnected inland lakes. The tour is only held when the natural ice along the entire course is at least 15 centimeters (6 in) thick. When the temperature drops below zero for a couple of days, the “eleven cities fever” starts to spread in the Netherlands as the last Elfstedentocht already dates back from 1997!

In the video below, the entire eleven cities tour is visualized in LuciadLightspeed by a KML file displaying a green line on the map.

Starting in Leeuwarden, the competitors skate clockwise to SneekIjlstSlotenStavoren, HindeloopenWorkumBolswardHarlingenFraneker, and Dokkum, finishing in Leeuwarden. In the video we zoom in on the city of Harlingen, located at the coast of the Wadden Sea with the most important harbor of Friesland and we enable the IENC data set. As we’re only interested in visualizing the water part, we uncheck ‘land areas’ in the properties. As we are inspecting our skating route, we notice a bridge above the Rijksweg. The properties of the IENC tell us to keep right. In the second part of the video, we can practice the skating route in 3D thanks to the point cloud data that has been added.

Now we’re fully prepared for the Eleven Cities Tour, the only thing that is still missing, is the ice…

Learn more about the Luciad V2018.1 release.

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