|Hello and welcome to the October edition of Site Investigation News – the monthly newsletter of Keynetix Ltd.
My first task this month is to urge you to sign up for your nearest User Group Meeting (UGM), if you haven’t already done so. The UGM’s are free to all of our customers (with current, valid Maintenance Agreements) and are designed specifically to inform you of the latest developments within the geotechnical market-place, such as AGS4 as well as offering advice and tips on getting the most from your software. Places are limited so your early registration will be much appreciated.
The UGMs also offer you the chance to network with your peers, compare notes and enjoy a good lunch at some excellent venues. The venues and dates are listed below along with a hyperlink which will take you directly to the registration page.
Southern UGM: Tuesday 30th November: The Watermill Hotel, Hemel Hempstead
Midlands UGM: Thursday 2nd December: Warwick Castle
Northern UGM: Tuesday 7th December: Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge
Register here for the Keynetix User Group Meetings 2010
Thanks to those of you who have already registered and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the UGMs.
We have been taking full advantage of the conference season in recent weeks. Chris Bray spoke on the benefits of Open Source Software when combined with OS OpenData at the prestigious AGI GeoCommunity Conference at the end of September. This event was remarkably well attended given the economic climate (by my estimate there were at least 400 delegates) and it was great to see the commitment and engagement of speakers and delegates alike.
Speaking at AGI 2010
Gary Morin also put his head above the parapet at GeoCommunity, taking on the challenge of a 5 minute soapbox “georant” at the AGI fringe on the subject of ‘Don’t leave your CAD users out in the cold’. Gary’s rant was one of ten and he was lucky/unlucky enough to be drawn to speak first!
Geo-Ranting at AGI 2010!
Gary got the rants off to a flying start, making some strong points and getting plenty of laughs along the way. The georants are really tough as you only get 5 minutes to deliver 15 slides, all of which are timed to move on after 20 seconds. Add to this copious amounts of free beer for the couple of hundred attendees and active encouragement to heckle and you get a really boisterous atmosphere.
Still on the conference theme, I visited the annual Brownfield Briefing Risk and Remediation Conference recently which was another very strong event. Despite looming cuts the tone at the event was upbeat and convinced me that opportunity is still out there if you talk with your peers and offer a service that gives real value for money. So with that in mind, please come and see us at the UGMs in a few weeks time!