Site Investigation News September 2010

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 Therefore any links and information may now be out of date.


Hello and welcome to the September edition of Site Investigation News – Keynetix’s Monthly Newsletter.

With the nights beginning to draw in, our thoughts have turned to events in the winter. I have some dates for your diaries, below, as the venues for our Geotechnical Office User Group Meetings (UGMs) are now confirmed. These will be as follows:

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

These events are free to all of our users with a valid Maintenance Agreement and I highly recommend that you attend your nearest meeting if at all possible. The events offer you the chance to network with your peers, to tell us what you think of our products and to give feedback to help us match your requirements with our future developments. You will also be the first to hear about our plans for our products during 2011. You can register for your nearest UGM here:

Keynetix User Group Meetings 2010

We will be publishing the full program for the UGMs during the next few weeks.

If you are unable to make the UGMs, or would prefer to give your feedback on a one-to-one basis, do let me know. I always welcome the opportunity to visit our customers to find out what sort of projects you are working on and how you employ our software. My contact details are below and you are welcome to get in touch if this is of interest.

I very much hope you enjoy this edition of Site Investigation News and welcome your feedback and comments.

Fionn Wardrop
Editor – Site Investigation News
01527 68888


Sand and Data in Abu Dhabi

I have just returned from a 4 day consultancy trip to Abu Dhabi where I was presented with one of the biggest data management problems I have seen in a long time.

Three thousand Excel spreadsheets and fifteen hundred Word files of data awaited my arrival, along with the normal heat and humidity to be expected in that part of the world.

How do you get AGS data out of Laboratory reports presented in Excel and Word? For those of you who attended the AGS User Group meeting this year you will have seen a presentation by Miles Davies on this very subject. However the thought of cutting and pasting the quantity of data we had left the data team drained of any energy and the boss quietly counting the cost in the corner.

By the end of day 4 the team were converting the files at a rate of around 5 a minute using a new automated process for KeyAGS that I wrote while I was there (instead of sleeping). It is great to be in the middle of a large data management job again – I am in my element!

The new KeyAGS routine will be available shortly to all users together with a number of information posts in the next few weeks on the Geotechnical Data Hub.

Roger Chandler
01527 68888


AutoZoom Pro 7.2 Released

The latest and greatest version of AutoZoom Pro now supports AutoCAD Map and AutoCAD Civil for both 32 bit and 64 bit PC’s, working with releases 2009, 2010 and 2011.

AutoZoom Pro allows CAD users to quickly access and manage digital mapping, check on the data required and zoom to their location. AutoZoom Pro connects, styles and filters the data you need for your site.

AutoCAD Map and AutoZoom Pro are ideal for desk studies (or any job) working with large amounts of mapping data in a wide range of digital formats, including SHP, DWG, Oracle amongst many others. It provides a simple method to quickly access the required data with no extensive map skills.

AutoZoom Pro is ideal for IT managers and CAD Users. It reduces work load for IT managers in making the latest mapping data available to all users and optimising network usage, whilst enabling CAD users to quickly and simply access the latest mapping.

For more information on AutoZoom Pro and to download a trial visit:

Gary Morin
01527 68888
Helping you to make the most of OS OpenData

Recent months have seen major advances in the availability of mapping data. Datasets that originally cost tens of thousands of pounds are now available free of charge. Such datasets include UK wide mapping like Ordnance Survey Meridian 2 and VectorMap District. The VectorMap District looks particularly useful to us as it’s a mid-scale vector data set and ideal for locating sites.

The data can be downloaded from the Ordnance Survey site in 10x10km SHP files.

Both AutoZoom and KeySpatial will allow user to fully exploit the datasets and will allow you quickly and easily view the appropriate data for area of interest. Existing users of these products are welcome to get in touch to explore this further with us.

AutoZoom Pro is enhancement for AutoCAD Map and Civil and allows CAD users to very quickly and easily access relevant mapping data for any part of the site.  If you are struggling with large datasets in AutoCAD you should take time to look at AutoZoom Pro and see how it may help you. You will find  more information and a free evaluation here:

KeySpatial is a Team GIS which allows anyone in your organisation to access mapping, data and documents. KepSpatial coupled with OpenData becomes a very powerful yet cost effective tool to unite your business information.

To get access to download the Keynetix processed OpenData please contact

64bit Rollout Continues
HoleBASE and KeyCSM have been added to the list of 64bit compatible applications in the last couple of months with new builds uploaded to the website.  We are currently working on a KeyAGS release which will be out in the next couple of weeks that will be 64bit compatible and a build of KeyHOLE that will run in native 64bit that we expect to have released in November.
The new HoleBASE build is free to users with a valid maintenance agreement and can be downloaded from our website:
Save up to 40% on your AutoCAD Upgrade
Autodesk are currently running a promotion that offers a great deal for anyone looking to upgrade their AutoCAD licence to an AutoCAD Map or AutoCAD Civils licence.  Both of these products offer great benefits for our customers and we highly recommend you consider the upgrade, especially as until 15th October you can get up to 40% off the upgrade cost.  Call us on  01527 68888  to find out more and to get a quote (remember if you buy the upgrade through us you get free support for the AutoCAD product).
If you are interested to know know the advantage of using KeyHOLE in AutoCAD Civils 2011 then we recommend you check out an article written by Kent Langdon in the latest issue of Autodesk User Group International magazine
Want to learn more about AutoCAD Map? Don’t forget we run the free AutoCAD Map training website at



Keynetix Training Course Schedule

There is one more place left on our ever popular Excel Masterclass for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers which takes place next Tuesday, the 21st of September. Do act quickly if you would like to attend as it is the last time this year that we will be running this popular course. You can register for your place by clicking on the link below.

The following day (Wednesday 22nd September) will see us running “An introduction to the AGS format” and there are only a couple of places left on this course as well. Again, you can click on the link below for more details and to register for your place.

Training Dates:

21st September
Microsoft Excel Masterclass for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineers

22nd September
Introduction to the AGS format

6th October
AutoCAD Map: Essentials (2 days)

13th October
AutoCAD: 3D Modelling (2 days)

14th October
Adobe Photoshop: Essentials (2 days)

19th October
AutoCAD Map: Geospatial (2 days)

26th October
GO-DM1: S.I. Reporting using the Geotechnical Office

27th October
GO-CAD1: CAD Presentation of Geotechnical and Chemical Data

28th October
Updating to AutoCAD 2011

Are you a user of AutoCAD or other Autodesk software?

If so, are you aware that Keynetix AutoCAD and subscription prices include free technical support for your software saving you up to £395 per seat, per year?

Unlike other resellers the price quoted includes unlimited support by telephone, fax and email for the lifetime of the product or subscription contract managed by Keynetix.

Keynetix are currently offering their customers a Free Training Voucher with every Autodesk subscription renewal or new Autodesk purchases. Your £50 voucher is redeemable as discount against any Keynetix Public Training Course and is valid for 12 months.

For full details of our Training Courses please visit the training section of our website where you can check dates, availability and what is taught on each course. For full details of our Autodesk product range, prices, and the great support services we offer free of charge, contact us now.

Want to learn more about AutoCAD Map?

Keynetix offer a variety of services to help you expand your expertise.  For those who are new to Map and simply need some worked examples of how to get started take a look our free AutoCAD Map training website

For those who want to get a bit more hands on and explore Map in a more formal manner consider coming along to one of our formal classes.

Don’t forget – all new purchases are currently offered with a £50 discount voucher, redeemable against any of the courses held by Keynetix at Systems House. As AutoCAD upgrades fall under this offer, you can complement your investment with knowledge to maximise the benefit at a very reasonable rate.

Where to see us in the next few weeks…

Chris Bray will be speaking at the prestigious AGI GeoCommunity 2010 event in Stratford-on-Avon on Wednesday 29th of September. Chris’s paper is entitled “Something for nothing? Open Source, OS OpenData and the benefits to you” and his talk on this hot topic promises to be very well attended.

Gary Morin and I will be in attendance, along with Chris, for both days of the AGI event, so do come and say hello if you see us there.  For More information check out the AGI website

Coming in the October Edition of SI News

Full details of KeyCSM2, including details of upgrades for existing users and a new trial version for new users.

News on the release of KeyAGS4.

More information on the 2010 User Group Meetings, including speaker details and a full agenda.





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