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Software Updates
SNAP-2 Soil Nail Wall Software Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 19 December 2016 21:37
Soil Nail Retaining Wall

Version 3 of the Soil Nail Analysis Program (SNAP-2) has recently been released by the FHWA. It addresses the following issues identified in previous versions:

  1. The resolution of the search area when working at different scaling factors
  2. Corrects the safety factor for nail pullout
  3. Allows more user options for selecting colors within the software
  4. Fixes some other identified bugs in the software
[Source: Download SNAP-2 from the Federal Highway Administration. Image:]

Exciting New Deep Foundation Design Software PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 03 October 2016 05:28
Screen shot of new load test software from Deep Excavation, LLC

Geotechnical software company, Deep Excavation, LLC has just announced a new software product for design of deep foundations. The product page for DeepFND notes that it brings together geotechnical design and structural design of deep foundations in one complete package. It includes both axial and lateral analysis of a variety of deep foundations, including drilled shafts, driven piles of various types, continuous flight auger piles (CFA Piles), micropiles, and even helical piles (if you opt for the premium version). Something quite unique is the fact that they have included the ability to interpret and process load test data. I look forward to taking advantage of the free trial to give this program a try. It is priced pretty reasonably, starting at $900 (US). [Source: Check out the DeepFND Page at Deep Excavation's website. Image: Courtesy of Deep Excavation, LLC]

Video: RockWorks17 - New Features PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 02 October 2016 15:17

RockWare Software recentl released an updated to their RockWorks software package popular with geotechnical and geological professionals. There are a host of new features. You can read about them on their new features page, or check out the video below. [Source: RockWare YouTube Channel. Image: YouTube]

NovoLIQ Introduction Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 14 June 2015 23:06

NovoLIQ software by GeoPrac sponsor Novotech allows geotechnical engineers to perform soil liquefaction analysis. NovoLIQ covers several liquefaction triggering analysis including post liquefaction parameters and dry sand settlement. This program covers SPT, Vs and BPT and calculates factor of safety and many other analyses results. [Source: YouTube. Image: YouTube]

New Version of RockWorks16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 26 January 2015 23:22
New faulting options in RockWorks 16 software update

RockWare has released an update to their popular geological and geotechnical software package, RockWorks 16. It's pretty clear these folks are not sitting back on their heels but continuing to develop and push out new features. One thing that caught my eye was the ability to add faulting to many different gridding options. Check out the full list of updates on their blog at the link below. [Source: The RockWare Blog. Image: RockWare]

Deep Excavation Geotechnical Software Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 22:33

DeepEX 2015 Geotechnical Software for Shoring DesignDeep Excavation LLC is releasing the revamped 2015 version of their deep excavation software DeepEX 2015. DeepEX is used by more than 1000 engineers worldwide. The current version includes an improved wizard, reports, analysis capabilities. In DeepEX 2015 is the only software that allows you to estimate the cost of your actual 3D excavation, and prepares a quantity take off for you.

For more information and to download a 30 day free trial visit

Check out a 10 min video that shows you how you can create a 2D braced excavation model, as well as a 3D model at the same time in DeepEx 2015.

They are offering a special promotion until Dec. 31st, 2014. Contact for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 23:10
New Version of RockWorks16 Available PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:04
RockWorks 16 faulted cross-section

Geological software developer RockWare announced last month that their free update for RockWorks 16 contains over 75 changes since the previous update. And if anyone is counting, that's 672 changes since the initial release of RockWorks 16. They seem very receptive to user feedback, and very proactive with their new releases. I wish more geo-software companies were like that! [Source: The RockWare Blog. Image: RockWare Blog]

NovoLAB Introduction Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 15:02

NovoLAB is a geotechnical data management software designed for processing soil laboratory test data and preparation of boring logs. NovoLAB generates the boring logs and tests summary automatically. By GeoPrac sponsor Novotech Software.

[Source: YouTube. Image: YouTube]

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 22:25
RockWorks: Geotechnical Applications (RockWorks16 Webinar) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 23:56
RockWorks Geotechnical Webinar

This 17 minute webinar by Rockware introduces you to the various geotechnical-related features of RockWorks 16.

RockWorks Geotechnical Webinar Video

[Source: YouTube. Image: YouTube]

Keynetix Release Standalone Data Entry Module for HoleBASE SI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 23:29

HoleBASE SI data entry module

GeoPrac sponsor Keynetix has released a stand alone data entry module for their HoleBASE SI geotechnical software program. The module is roughly 1/3 of the cost of the full HoleBASE SI license and has a customizable interface that is optimized for entering geotechnical borehole or other data as efficiently as possible. Go check out more at their website and see some video demos of the product in action. [Source: Read more about the data entry module at Keynetix. Image: Keynetix]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:34
Settle3D 3.0 by Rockscience Adds New Features PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 23:27

Rockscience Settle3D geotechnical software for analyzing settlement and consolidation

Rockscience has been busy soliciting feedback from their user base on news features for their settlement analysis software program, Settle3D. After receiving all of the feedback in the beta program, many of the user suggestions have been implemented by Rockscience in the Version 3.0 release of Settle3D. Some of these improvements include the ability to model non-horizontal soil layers, user interface improvements, new options for defining water level, enhanced graphing capabilities, and 64-bit parallel processing. [Source: Read more from Rockscience via Rockscience's Settle3D page.. Image: Rockscience]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:33
Video: Demo of pLog Tablet Geotechnical Data Collection Software PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:19

 This video was taken at Geo-Congress 2013 with Scott Deaton, President of sponsor Dataforensics. pLog Tablet geotechnical data collection and data management system runs on a ruggedized tablet with the Android operating system.

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