[Editor] Miles Davis of Quantum Geotechnical Ltd. and gINTDev gives us a sneak peak at a "future feature" in gINT. Of course, gINT Software is a Premier Sponsor of GeoPrac, and the article has been published with the complete knowledge of the company. We welcome this first contribution from Miles and look forward to Part 2 and future articles sharing his gINT expertise! [/Editor]
Google announced on Sunday that it had released Google Earth for the popular iPhone device. So far it doesn’t have access to all of the content layers that you can view in the desktop version of your software, but it does have panoramio photos and Wikipedia articles and most impressively, the 3D terrain option. You can view the surrounding terrain in 3D by simply tilting your phone from horizontal. It also lets you search for nearby businesses and appears to pull in other content related to those businesses from the web, such as reviews etc. Now, if only I could come up with the $$ to spring for an iPhone! More info at CNet and Google Earth blog. Or click through for a video demo. (Photo credit: Google by way of CNet).
gINT Software announced that they now offer timed licenses to their popular gINT Logs and gINT Professional geotechnical and geological log software. This is essentially like leasing the software for a fixed amount of time using a USB key. More after the break.
It’s been a busy month for geo-software. RockWare has announced Version 14 of its popular RockWorks software package, a subsurface data visualization software tool that can handle maps, cross-sections, logs, fence diagrams, 3-D stratigraphic models and volumetrics. A new single-user license is $2,499 and the upgrade price for a single-user license from RockWorks 2006 is $399 (US$). Highlights of a few new features, more images and links after the break. (Images from RockWare – rockware.com)
On April 10, GeoStudio 2007 version 7.1 was released, a significant service pack update. There are numerous bug fixes and some major improvements. Geo-Slope claims that the overall speed of the product is faster when switching between analyses and views, a welcome change. There are some nice changes to the way Sketch Text is handled, which makes it easier to handle annotation of multiple analyses. And something interesting that’s new in SLOPE/W that allows you to specify a â€œSpatial Mohr-Coulombâ€ model which allows unit weight, cohesion and friction angle to vary across the geometry as a function of x and y. I canâ€™t think of a case where I would have used such a model, but it is very intriguing. More features listed after the break along with links.