The Geo in GeoTools has often been mis-understood. Users have searched and landed on our web-site expecting to see Geological, Geometrical, Geo-data related, GIS-related or Geographical (Mapping) tools. In various degrees, GeoTools software addressed something for all these users, if not everything.
In this post, I will examine each of these Geo interpretations and tell you more about it. First, some history....
In 1999, GeoTools development began as a set of time-saving geographic data related productivity tools for AutoCAD. That was (and is) the original intent of the Geo in GeoTools. Over time, a number of general-purpose CAD tools were added to GeoTools and in 2011, there were as many generic CAD-tools as Geo-related tools. Starting V 12.21, we split the product into CADPower and GeoTools, retaining only the relevant category of tools in each (with a small common overlap). General CAD utilities which also included geometry-related tools went into CADPower.
To strengthen the Geo portfolio further, we added a suite of Geographical tools earlier this year. These pertain exclusively to geographical coordinates and included DWG2KML conversion tools, mapping coordinate conversion, geo-tagged images insertion.
Today, we have further strengthened the Geo portfolio by adding Geological & Mining Tools to GeoTools. This is a message to our users that we are serious about addressing the finer requirements of this industry. It was only logical that we added this - GeoTools has been very successful in the mining, geological and exploration industries with leading names in Canada (which I cannot disclose), the USA (McIntosh Engineering), Kamen DD (Croatia), PSM-Australia and MECL-India counting as some of our power users for many years.
The Geological/Mining Tools module will be an optional, additionally priced module and is integrated within GeoTools. It will grow incrementally, both in price as well as features. To begin with, we have two tools on offer right now - Import Bore Hole Data and Mining Tunnel Maker. There is a suggested list price of USD 25 per license now which will increase when new tools are added. Eventually, we intend to arrive at the final price of this module by a price discovery mechanism. Our goal is to provide value-for-money tools for users of all type - from large mining corporations to independent consultants.
Through this post, I invite inputs and suggestions from mining and geological professionals to help us build this module. Please let us know what you need to see in this module.
Figure 1: The GEOL_BoreHoleLogger command dialog screen
The GEOL_BOREHOLELOGGER command reads an ASCII file containing the X, Y, Z, Strike, Dip, Depth and additional information about a bore hole and plots the same in your drawing. The bore-holes can be created as POINT objects or as blocks (with or without attributes). If you wish to create blocks with attributes, they can be easily read from the ASCII file and populated into the block. The mapping of the ASCII columns to the attributes/geograhpic informaton is specified in the dialog box.
The bore-hole trace can be represented as simple 3d lines or as a 3DSOLID which is generated by sweeping a circular cross-section through the trace of the bore-hole.
Figure 2: The GEOL_TunnelMaker command dialog screen
The GEOL_TUNNELMAKER command creates a 3D model of a tunnel. The tunnel geometry comes from ASCII files similar to the bore-hole data where the 3d coordinates are specified in a delimited file. The tunnel cross section can be either circle, rectangle or a custom shape.
You can download and test the new geological/mining tools in GeoTools V14.16
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