New features and improved functionality are promised by the GeoStudio 2014 software package, according to developer Geo-Slope International.
The company has released a preview version of the new package with the June 2013 release of its GeoStudio 2012 upgrade. Developments promised with the 2014 version focus on the Temp/W finite element product used for modelling heat transfer for use in permafrost preservation strategies and the use of artificial ground freezing techniques to stabilise ground or develop a barrier to water.
Geo-Slope says that onedimensional analysis will also now be supported in GeoStudio and analyses of different dimensionality can now be stored in the same project file. The company added that the option had been developed to allow more rapid solve times, simplify geometric representations and make interpretation of results easier.
Another major development of the software will allow users to enter a mix of SI or imperial units into the calculations and the software will complete any necessary conversion to allow the output to be in the required unit type.
Although the program contains a number of new features, the system has been improved to further reduce solve times and Geo-Slope says that preliminary testing suggests there is a speed improvement of 20% over the GeoStudio 2012 program.