Site Investigation News May 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 Therefore any links and information may now be out of date.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 May edition of Site Investigation News – Keynetix’s Monthly Newsletter.This is the second edition of our new monthly newsletter and I would first like to thank all of the people who took the time to provide comments and suggestions following the release of our first copy. It was great to hear from you and a real help in planning the content for this edition.

I had planned to try to include an incisive comment or two on the outcome of the UK general election in my pre-amble this month but, at the time of writing, the Conservative-LibDem coalition is still shaking out. Still, at least I can concentrate on the business in hand and draw your attention to the launch of a brand new product, KeyLogbook. KeyLogbook is a joint venture between Keynetix and Equipe Training – The Drilling Academy and you can find out more later in the newsletter.

We are proud to be launching the second version of KeyCSM this month. KeyCSM is the Conceptual Site Modelling software we have built in partnership with LQM and more details on this new release can be found below.

You will also find details of our free Spring online workshops in this edition. We got these webinars off to a flying start at the end of last month when 147 people registered to see Professor Paul Nathanail deliver his talk on “Dancing with Data”. With six more sessions coming up over the next six weeks, it will be well worth a look to see if there are subjects that interest you.

The last subject I want to mention is the forthcoming AGS conference which takes place on the 25th May at the Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. If you are interested you can find out more and register here:

AGS Conference

I very much hope you enjoy this edition of Site Investigation News.

Fionn Wardrop
Editor – Site Investigation News
01527 68888


Data Management Event of the Year

This month sees the launch of AGS4 at the Motorcycle Museum on the 25th May.Keynetix are, as always, heavily involved in the day with Chris Bray and Roger Chandler from Keynetix and a number of our users making presentations. Roger is also chairing one of the sessions.

We will have a big stand at the event and look forward to seeing you and showing you our newest products and releases and talking to you about your plans to implement AGS 4 within your organisation.

If you have not yet registered for the event you now have less than a week to do so.

More information

Conceptual Site Models are Evolving!

Following 18 months of customer usage and feedback we are now ready to release the first update to our conceptual site modelling software, KeyCSM.As with any new software, regular use by professionals has led to feedback that has enabled us to improve and enhance features and stability. New features in this release include:

1. Improved network diagram pollutant linkage tools.

2. A new cross-section creation tool that enables you to lift features from your plan drawing and drape them onto your cross-section model.

3. A Shape file import option for your background maps

4. An isometric model creation assistant

5. A new dongle price option that makes KeyCSM more cost-effective to use for staff in the same office.

KeyCSM was developed by Keynetix in partnership with LQM and Judith Nathanail     has been putting the latest software through its paces and giving it a thorough testing. So, if you have been undecided on whether or not KeyCSM will work for you, or if you have previously tried the evaluation copy, now is the time to take a better look at KeyCSM. The new version will be released in the next couple of weeks and you will find further information and a free evaluation copy here:

More info on KeyCSM…

Data Hubs continue to Grow
Our twin data websites, and continued to go from strength to strength during April, with several new articles posted. Similarly the corresponding Linkedin groups continued to swell in numbers.Recent featured articles on the Geotechnical Data Hub include pieces on AGS format version 4 and Site Investigation Data Management. On the Environmental Data Hub we have added pieces on Open Source Software, Open Data and advice on how to win more tenders by using simple company GIS. We welcome guest articles on our data hub websites and if you have an article you would like to see published, please get in touch:


Ecoboom – an eco friendly website enabling people and businesses to benefit from being greener:

If you would like us to feature an article in our newsletter that is of interest for the greater good please get in touch – we’ll be happy to consider your submission. This month we feature a piece from our friends at Renaissance Regeneration on their excellent free environmental consumer website, Ecoboom…Businesses can promote themselves for free on Ecoboom. Our Market Place is ideal for advertising your services, recycling business waste or finding other useful companies. Make your own business group and showcase your products by posting on the Forum and putting links to your website. You can trade, advertise for environmental jobs, sell your products in our eco shop, arrange van shares, publish articles and promote any company events. Whether you are taking your first tentative steps towards a sustainable lifestyle or are an established eco warrior, Ecoboom has everything in one place.

Businesses are frequently under pressure to meet ambitious government targets to reduce their carbon emissions. Ecoboom can show you that embracing sustainability can actually benefit your bottom line. Being smart about energy efficiency, engaging in industrial symbiosis and encouraging employees to take the green initiative are all things that can be done relatively easily with some results being almost instantaneous.

It’s easy to sign up to Ecoboom. Simply register as your business, upload your logo and put a link to your website. We will email a confirmation with a link to activate your account. So, join the hundreds of like minded people in Ecoboom’s business community and start promoting your services now. For more information visit: Ecoboom


Keynetix Training Course Schedule
27th May
Adobe Photoshop: Essentials (2 days)11th June
Free Online Workshop: The most powerful and under-used feature in Excel

14th June
AutoCAD Architecture: Essentials (3 days)

15th June
EQuIS Open Training (4 days)

22nd June
Microsoft Excel Masterclass for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineers

Free Spring Online Workshops Announced

We are one online workshop into our free Spring series of seven and got off to a flying start on April 30th when Paul Nathanail stepped in as guest presenter to deliver a talk on “Dancing with Data”.One hundred and forty-seven people registered for the webinar; a remarkable number given that Paul was speaking at very short notice and we only had two days available to market the event!

If you would like to sign up for any of our remaining six online workshops you can find further details on talks, content and dates below:

The best subscribed events so far are Judith Nathanail’s update on Conceptual Site Models (May 28th) and Roger Chandler’s free session on Excel pivot tables (11th June).

Keynetix Free Online Workshops
21st May
Using Team GIS to store, retrieve and share your geotechnical data

25th May
AutoCAD 2011 – an Introduction to New Features

28th May
Conceptual Site Models are evolving! Take your conceptual site models to the next level

4th June
Dealing with high volume environmental data: Reduce data errors and improve your efficiency18th June
Using Team GIS to search, analyse and share your environmental information

KeyLogbook Fan-base Builds

Our colleagues at the Drilling Academy are now touring the country showing KeyLogbook off. We are delighted with the response and feedback we have received from users who saw it last month and look forward to showing it to you, together with the Drilling Academy, at the AGS data management conference in a couple of weeks.If you would like to get your hands on a working copy of KeyLogbook complete with rugged tablet, rugged printer, mount and power adapters then please go to the KeyLogbook pages of our website and click the link to request further information.

We will keep you up to date with the progress of this exciting product over the coming months as it looks likely to reshape the way drillers and clients communicate!

Coming in the June Edition…

The long awaited and much requested return of “BackPhil”! – Phil Child’s monthly column




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