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Spotlight - A new data transmission system is helping engineers in the field to send data to colleagues.

One of the biggest headaches for geotechnical engineers is the flow of data. Delay in getting borehole data from site creates hold ups in key decisions.

Designers and piling specialists rarely see the data, or it arrives too late. Time and money is wasted, and designs are done without relevant data.

An innovative solution from Keynetix now makes it possible for site investigators to log exploratory data electronically in the field, in all weathers.

If needed, the project team can see the data in real time, enabling checking, interpretation, and decisions while plant is still in place.

The new system allows data to be emailed, or even uploaded to a web site, as it is collected, using borehole logging application PocketSI2. Based on five years feedback the application offers high performance and an intuitive user interface. It also features several productivity aids to make field logging more convenient.

Users can pick items such as shape, colour, stiffness or density from dropdown menus to compile BS5930 geological descriptions automatically. An attractive graphic display of logged entries makes it easy to track progress.

Among the first geotechnical specialists to spot the timesaving potential in logging data electronically at source was Paul Kings of AIS.

'It allows me to deliver a high quality service very costeffectively, and gives me the flexibility I need to respond quickly to my client's needs.' says Kings.

To meet demand for a one-stop solution Keynetix has established a partnership with hand held computer and personal data assistant specialist DAP Technologies to provide field computers with pre-installed PocketSI2.

These rugged devices are fully submersible, dust proof, resistant to extremes of temperature, and of course shockproof. And although this sort of reliability comes at a price, with a five to eight year life expectancy, the business case is compelling.

Since the first release of PocketSI, phone enabled devices with Bluetooth and WiFi fitted as standard have become commonplace. Microsoft now delivers two operating systems ? Windows Mobile 5 and Windows CE5 ? that have an operational consistency that was lacking in earlier versions.

With these systems available, Keynetix began developing the PocketSI2 in Spring 2006.

Among the many requirements identified early in the new specification was the ability to upload data directly from a device via the internet. PocketSI2 also supports the capture of coordinate data from GPS.

Since import and export to PocketSI2 conforms to AGS standards, it remains the only mobile SI logging system designed to work with any AGS compliant desktop system.

For more information visit www. keynetix. com

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