Version 5.0

MrSid Extension


1) Overview:

The MrSid format is a cartography format used in air and satellite photography. Although they are not true nautical charts, these photographs are taken into account by scannav with same functionalities as regular charts (superposition of the boat, calculations of distances, etc...)

Support of the MrSid format needs the installation of the MrSid extention

To date, 2 sources of MrSid files were tested:

1.1 : Orthophotos of the French littoral

Aerial photographs of the French coasts are available for free download at (French "Equipement"'s web site). These photographs have a resolution of 50 centimetres per pixel.They can be incorporated in ScanNav as maps providing a small import process described further in this document.

Warning: Allthough the precision of positioning is excellent, they are only an additional aid, and are not meant to replace nautical charts.


1.2 : Nasa Satellite photographs (World coverage)

These satellite views can be downloaded free from the NASA web-site at They are in UTM projection system, have a precision about 15 meters per pixel, and cover the whole world. Once downloaded, you can read them directly in ScanNav without any import process to perform, provided that the MrSid import module is downloaded and installed as indicated below.

Each downloaded file represents an UTM zone of approximately 7° of longitude (6° for one UTM zone plus partial overlap of the adjacent zones), and of approximately 5° of latitude. Two adjacent zones in latitude will be connected perfectly. But the characteristics of the UTM projection system makes connection of adjacent zones in longitude not possible. You will thus observe a shift at the junction of these UT zones. However, the rather large overlap between each UTM zone makes it possible to use only UTM zone at a time.

2) MrSid module Installation:


Download the and unzip the 3 included files (mrsidinfo.exe, mrsiddecode.exe, and IgnLambert.exe) in the installation directory of ScanNav (by default "C:\ScanNav").

ScanNav reserves itself the possibility of requiring a participation for this functionality. Therefore, support of MrSid format is protected by a specific license code. This license is however provided free for now. To obtain it, just make a request by mail, attaching the ScanNav.cfg file resulting from the "Register" formula.

Notice: The MrSid module uses the components mrsidinfo.exe, mrsiddecode.exe which are the property of LizardTech:


3) Import of Lambert Aerial photos in ScanNav:


- Go to the ScanNav installation directory, and launch the IgnLambert.exe programm (you may manually make a short-cup of this program on your desktop to find it easyier afterwards)

The following window shows up:

- Parameters for width, height and scale are preset for photographs downloaded from (2000x2000 pixels, scale 1:5000). Same applies for the Lambert and Datum parameters, so no parameters should need to be adjusted for the French coasts aerial photos.

- Enter a valid directory where the resulting charts will be saved ( in above example it is F:\EE\ScnNvTests\MrSid\output)
- Click on "Ajouter" (Add), a file selector will open. Choose one or more .sid files to convert, then click on ok.
-=> The list on the left will then show this list of files
- select the files you want to import (all the new entries should already be preselected)
- click on "Convertir" (Convert)
=> The progress bar will show file names as they are imported, which should be very fast.

The first result will be ready to use in ScanNav with one ScanNav chart for each .sid file. Nevertheless it is highly recommended to go one step further and group several of these small maps in a more global one, giving it a significant name, which will make it easier to manage. To do so:

  • open ScanNav in Workshop mode ("file" -> "new" -> Workshop")
  • insert all resulting maps (with the .map extension) in one shot, they will therefor adjust together automatically
  • If you didn't all the wanted pieces the first time, you can insert additional ones afterwards. Nevertheless, these will not be automatically adjusted to the previous ones but appear at the bottom-left of the screen. So all you need to do is use the "Adjust to reference" functionality accessible through the "Operations" menu. Before this, make sure that all pieces are selected, which should be the case if you do the operation just after inserting, but it is safe to use "Edit" -> "Select All" to be sure.
  • Then, you just need to give a significant name to the chart, in the "general" tab of the georeferencement tool. The other tabs should already be filled and you don't need to touch them.
  • The save your result with the "Save As" function, and give a significant name to the file.
  • Warning: Do not use "Optimise for navigation" for this kind of maps, the resulting map would indeed be much too big.

The chart is now finished and can be inserted in the charts library as any other map.

Be aware thow that these maps are in the Lambert projection, which is different from the Mercator projection used for Nautical charts. Therefore, they cannot adjust together exactly, and you shouldn't put both in the same library. If you do so, you will watch some large shifts are the border of the maps, even if positions on each map are good (if you enable the scannav grid you will see it distoorted at the border of different projection maps)