Geotechnical software developer Keynetix used July’s Geotechnica exhibition to unveil the latest development which will allow engineers to instantly preview their site investigation data alongside British Geological Survey (BGS) data and aerial photography.
This update of the Holebase SI Professional program uses the BGS Open Geoscience mapping sets together with Microsoft’s Bing mapping and aerial photography. Mapping data is streamed over the internet so users do not need to store large data sets and the maps are licensed for commercial use so the outputs can be used in hard copy reports.
“The key drivers behind Open Geoscience was to allow more people to access core geological information and to encourage businesses to innovate with our data,” said BGS’s Geraldine Wildman. “We are delighted that Keynetix has implemented BGS Open Geoscience mapping in a desktop product and are really excited by how this move will increase the use of BGS data within the geotechnical industry.”
Under the development Holebase SI Professional users can access 15 BGS mapping sets, including borehole records, water wells, site investigation reports, drill core, samples, onshore hydrocarbon wells, geophysical logs, well water levels, aquifer properties, geochemistry, 1:50,000 linear features, 1:50,000 mass movement, 1:50,000 artificial ground, 1:50,000 superficial deposits and 1:50,000 bedrock.
“The addition of commercial licences for aerial photography and Bing mapping data is a major benefit to our customers,” said Keynetix managing director Roger Chandler. “Many of our users have been confused by the prohibitive Google Earth Licencing conditions and will be pleased to learn that the commercial licence in Holebase SI means they can use the mapping data in their reports without paying additional royalty fees.”
The new Holebase SI release also includes full document management, together with the first full release of the Holebase SI extension for Microsoft Excel and the Holebase extension for Auto CAD Civil 3D.