UK LABORATAORY testing systems hardware and software developer GDS Instruments has launched a new software package for managing laboratory testing that can be used to control any equipment manufacturer's test apparatus and instrumentation.
GDSLab comes in two packages, one designed to facilitate commercial laboratories adhering to testing standards, and the other for advanced research applications. Both work on the Windows 95/98 platform with a graphical user interface.
GDSLab Standards is standards-based software designed for commercial laboratories. It is configured to work with international standards, initially British Standards and ASTM (other standards can be accommodated), covering the testing environment, including control, analysis and presentation. The software can work with a wide range of advanced tests such as stress path and dynamic triaxial, continuous consolidation and ring shear.
GDS Instruments' Bruce Menzies says the software will 'enable production soils laboratories to modernise their operation to give complete logging, data presentation and text automation using their existing apparatus and provide a framework for compliance with national and international standards'.
In contrast, GDSLab Research provides much greater flexibility in the definition and design of the tests, particularly where the testing environment is not constrained by the need to conform to external standards.
'It will free researchers to design and configure their experiments with all kinds of bought-in and in-house research equipment,' says Menzies. This will typically be used for advanced testing, such as stress paths, cyclic tests and other user-defined non-standard tests.