KeyLAB – Finalist at Ground Engineering Awards 2013

Please note that the following news item is an archived article. Therefore any links and information may now be out of date.

The Ground Engineering Awards attracts some of the biggest names in the Industry, as it provides an unequalled celebration of geotechnical and geoenvironmental achievements.

Why are so many laboratories now using KeyLAB?

A geotechnical laboratory generates large amounts of data for each test which is then used to only produce one or two reported results for the client. As a result the majority of worldwide geotechnical labs use Microsoft Excel® which involves many stages of data re-entry. The “file per test” approach is fine for small labs, but very quickly becomes problematic for larger labs as it is time consuming. Add to this the biggest problem labs face; which is the production of AGS 3.1 and AGS 4 data which requires further data re-entry increasing the risk of mistakes being made.

KeyLAB takes away all of these issues by using one system to manage all aspects of their laboratory and ensures data is only ever entered once throughout the life of a project.

“We are delighted to have the technical excellence of the Keynetix team recognised again at the GE awards” said Dr Roger Chandler “Since we launched KeyLAB 2 a couple of years ago we have seen the UK and international take up of the project increase drastically and are delighted with the progress of the product and the recognition this nomination gives the product.”

Keynetix showcased the Ground Technology Services, Kings Cross Project for the GE Awards. KeyLAB enabled Ground Technology to maximise the use of data sharing between field based logging systems, engineers and the laboratory. Ground Technology used Keynetix KeyLogBook computers on-site to log data which could then be transferred directly to KeyLAB back at the lab on tablet PCs and a wireless network. AGS data was then produced directly from these results without any data re-entry; saving Ground Technologies around 60% of their time making a cost saving of £5000 on this single project alone. When asked about using KeyLAB on this particular project, Ben Armstrong of Ground Technologies says “the main benefits to the laboratory are decreased costs and delivery times, increased quality control and increased knowledge of the laboratory operations. If we scale up the saving we made on this project across all the projects we expect to complete this year, the saving could represent a return on our initial investment of around 200% a year”.

To celebrate becoming finalists in the Ground Engineering Awards 2013, Keynetix are offering £750 off the price of any first or second licences of KeyLAB purchased before Thursday 28th March 2013. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, contact us now for a quotation.


Ben Armstrong Ground Technologies
01553 817657



  • Tuesday 27 August 2019

    Data Management Awards 2019

    The Geotechnical Data Management Awards has formed part of the Keynetix User Conference for the last five years and is the ideal opportunity to promote your organisation to your supply chain and future clients.

    Read more
  • Thursday 13 June 2019 and Cakes at Geotechnica 2019

    Geotechnica is the best trade show for the UK geotechnical industry, and in our opinion, the best one to visit for Site Investigation Professionals. This year Keynetix will be returning with our large stand to demonstrate our latest technology and helping existing customers get the most from their software solutions.

    Read more
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019

    SAVE THE DATE – “Geotechnical Data – A New Era” Keynetix User Workshop

    Keynetix will be hosting a User Workshop on Wednesday October 2nd from 1pm - Thursday October 3rd til 1pm at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Read more
  • Tuesday 16 April 2019

    Easter Opening Hours

    Keynetix will be observing the National Bank Holiday's over the Easter Period. The offices will close at 17:30 on Thursday 18th April and will re-open at 09:00 on Tuesday 23rd April.

    Read more
  • Monday 15 April 2019

    End of Life Support Date for Microsoft Products Affecting Keynetix Software

    In the next few months, Microsoft are retiring extended support for both Windows 7 and the SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 r2 versions. For users who initially installed HoleBASE SI before 26th September 2014 (Versions less than 1.22.0.x) and users who installed KeyLAB before the start of 2015 and who haven’t already upgraded should particularly check to ensure that they are not affected.

    Read more