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computers in brief

The Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Software Directory web site has been revamped and updated and has moved to a new location at

A keyword search facility has been added to help visitors search through more than 900 programs in the fields of soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering and hydrogeology as well as programs for general data handling, presentation and analysis. The site also features 600 world wide publishers and suppliers.

Maintained by Tim Spink of Mott MacDonald's Foundations and Geotechnics Division, the site has proved very popular, with over 47,000 hits since its inception two years ago.

Oxfordshire-based engineering and environmental geophysical contractor Geo-Services International has produced a demonstration CD-Rom detailing the company's software products, services and research and development activities. It also contains an extensive description of the field of geophysics, including an introduction to the subject, site investigation applications and methods, along with a glossary of terms.

Trenchless technology manufacturer Vermeer's new Atlas BorePlanner planning and mapping system allows directional drilling contractors to plan the shortest and easiest route for individual bores on the computer instead of in the field. The software is Windows based and is, available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

Geotechnical Instruments has introduced Datafield, a new Windows 95 compatible software package that gives fast, comprehensive analysis and archiving of landfill gas monitoring data. It can automatically compare readings from a number of different sites and can then identify problem areas where pre-set parameters have been exceeded, saving time spent tediously checking data. The software can retrieve data from the company's industry standard GA90 and GA94 landfill gas analysers.

Software manufacturer FEA has launched Version 13 of its Lusas Bridge and Lusas Civil and Structural analysis software in Windows NT versions. Both feature new graphical user interfaces fully compliant with Windows NT and 95.

Groundforce has released a new Windows based software package, GFCAD, for temporary works engineers in the design of embedded sheet pile retaining walls and cofferdams. The software is based on the British Steel Piling handbook methodology and other industry codes. It features no-toe solutions, excavation stage inspection, proprietary trench box analysis, editable data libraries and method statement facilities.

Conic Systems has released a demonstration CD-Rom for its mobile GIS products. It is available in PC Format for Windows 95 or Windows NT and guides users through an overview of the product features, showing Conic GIS customised for a number of different applications.

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