Site Investigation News April 2010

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 Therefore any links and information may now be out of date.


Welcome to the first edition of Site Investigation News – Keynetix’s Monthly Newsletter.

We have masses to tell you about at the moment and decided that rather than bombard you with separate and varied emails we would bring our news together into one document to give you an interesting read and spare your inbox.

Combine the forthcoming election with a still shaky and unpredictable economy and throw in legislation like INSPIRE and news such as the welcome arrival of OS Opendata and it is clear that opportunities and threats abound for the site investigation industry. With this in mind there has never been a greater need to stay in touch, keep up-to-date, network and innovate. Hopefully Site Investigation News can play a small part in keeping you in touch with the people, technology, events and trends that will help your business to prosper.

So, with that in mind I very much hope that you find our newsletter useful and encourage you to let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for future editions.


Fionn Wardrop
Editor – Site Investigation News
01527 68888


Do you ever get something for nothing?

This time it may just be true as Ordnance Survey has announced the arrival of OS Opendata.

A wide range of mapping data has been made available free of charge for commercial use. The data includes Meridian 2 and OS Street View amongst many others (the web links to the full story and available data sets can be found below). We believe this will be a major boost to our industry and our customers and are currently looking at how best to utilise the data. (To put this development in context, when we supplied the UK Meridian2 to a customer just a few years ago, the cost was £15,000!)

If you have any suggestions on how we could make use of the OS Opendata to further improve your products please let us know. We will be delighted to hear from you. (GM)

Over 90 people have joined our LinkedIn groups

We were very excited to announce the launch of two new LinkedIn groups for geotechnical and environmental data management professionals last month.  We are even more pleased to say that within the first month the two groups have attracted over 90 members each.

LinkedIn is a professional networking site (often referred to as Facebook for adults) which provides groups or like-minded individuals with a place to “meet” and discuss relevant topics.   If you don’t know what LinkedIn is or why you should be using it don’t panic.  We will be writing an article and posting it on the two hub websites below over the next month to explain the benefits.

Membership to each group is free and open to everyone involved in either Environmental or Geotechnical Data Management in any form.  For more information please visit:


EQuIS Update
We are now in the final stages and beta testing of the AGS 3.1 integration for EQuIS.  This set of tools developed by Keynetix allows you to import field data directly from an AGS file into EQuIS and draw borehole logs using HoleBASE.Scientifics added to the list of EQuIS EDD Labs
Over the last couple of months we have made great progress with integrating EQuIS for the UK market and are pleased to announce that Scientifics has now been added to our list of labs able to supply EQuIS EDD data checked with the EQuIS EDP processor.We are also running a course aimed at the UK labs on the requirements of EQuIS EDD data and AGS 4 on the 27th April and hopefully after this course we will be able to add even more labs to the list.
More on EQuIS Training…
Forthcoming Events:
27th & 28th April:
Local Government and Emergency Services Conference 2010
Keynetix and Key Systems in partnership with Autodesk inc. will be conducting a workshop and exhibiting at the Ordnance Survey Local Government and Emergency Services Conference, 27–28 April 2010.The workshop entitled ‘Don’t leave your CAD user out in the cold’, will discuss and demonstrate how efficiently and easily CAD can be integrated in to a Geospatial data store. By using the right technology and strategy it is a simple process to minimise the work evolved with converting data and ensuring CAD users have easy and fast access to the latest data and all the benefits that brings.Conference attendees will be able to see the latest versions of AutoCAD Map and AutoZoom Pro and will have an opportunity to book a free onsite consultancy on integrating CAD with GIS.

Find out more here…

30th April:
KeyLogbook Open Day
Following the success of the first KeyLogbook open day in February we are pleased to announce that we are re-running this free event on the 30th April in partnership with The Drilling Academy. The demonstration units will be fresh from the Bauma 2010 trade show in Munich and we hope to have one fully operational unit mounted on a rig.  Everything is now complete with KeyLogbook, including custom mount, power supply, rugged printer and full email integration so the day is set to be an exciting one for anyone involved in the drilling industry.

Find out more here…

25th May:
AGS 4 and AGS conference

After many hours of work from Keynetix staff and the other members of the AGS data management committee we are now ready to launch AGS 4 at the AGS data format conference 25th May at the Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.  Many of the Keynetix staff will be attending the conference, so we hope you will be able to join us to see some of our new products, courses and offers and to learn how the AGS 4 format will improve the transfer of electronic information in the future.
Find out more here…


May Course Schedule
Microsoft Excel Masterclass for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineers12th
SI Reporting using the Geotechnical Office13th
Customising the Geotechnical Office

CAD presentation of Geotechnical and Chemical Data

3-Dimensional Modelling of geotechnical & chemical data

26th & 27th
AutoCAD: 3D Modelling

Popular Microsoft Excel Course Returns

The Excel Masterclass for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineers course is returning on 6th May.  This one day course has proved a favourite with engineers and managers in the past and is sure to be a great day for anyone who uses Excel.

 “The course was a real eye-opener and I am sure that even the simplest techniques that were covered will result in significant time savings in future. The material was presented in a clear and understandable way with plenty of relevant examples and the presenter made the day enjoyable and fun. Probably the most useful training I have attended for a long time!”

Tim Clifford – Geotechnical Engineer – Capita

Our resident Excel expert has agreed that the course will finish in time for you to get back to vote!
For more information and to see other people’s feedback on the course please click below.

More on the Excel Masterclass…

EQuIS Training

We are pleased to announce the Keynetix offices have been chosen as the venue for the 2010 EQuIS open training course.  The 4 day course runs from the 15 to the 18th of June this year covering all aspects of EQuIS and is suitable for both beginners and intermediate users of the program.   We are also offering a training and software special offer running up to this event so if you would like to know more about how EQuIS can help you manage your environmental data then please contact Fionn Wardrop at Keynetix for more information leading up to this course.

More on EQuIS Training…

New Release for AutoZoom Pro

To celebrate the release of the latest version of AutoZoom Pro we have created a new web site. On this site we have created a number of really neat videos showing how CAD users and IT managers can use AutoZoom to enhance AutoCAD Map and make CAD and GIS integration a reality.

Coming in the May Edition…
KeyCSM Version 2
An update on the first round of new features and enhancements to our popular Conceptual Site Modelling software.
With 18 months of customer feedback under our belt the next version of KeyCSM looks set to be a popular release.KeyLogbook
The much anticipated full release of KeyLogbook is coming in May and we will be publishing details of what it is, what it does and how you can try it out for yourself!




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