Here is something different! In this post, I am writing about a stone catalog & dictionary software that has been concieved and designed by MSci. Ivan Cotman, a mining engineer who is a good friend of mine living in Pazin, Croatia. My association with Mr. Cotman goes back to almost a decade and he has been a user of our GeoTools and CADPower software for a long time. Many of the GeoTools commands are a direct inspiration from his work and from inputs provided by him, especially in the mining and geology module of GeoTools.
Mr. Cotman is one of the directors & stake-holder of KAMEN d.d, a 50+ year old lime-stone mining company. The company is also involved in the finished product viz. installation of architectural and building stones. They operate 7 quarries in the Istrian peninsula of Croatia and are one of the leading producers of lime-stone in the region.
With nearly 50 years of experience in the mining industry, Mr. Cotman told me he would like to put together a database of stone patterns and their engineering properties into a software catalog that can be browsed on your computer. The scope of this catalog is that every user who deals in any way with dimensional stone (quary owners, factory managers, architects and others) can "build" their own data-base for the materials that they deal with. It is also possible to exchange the database with others.
The first version of the same is now available for download from the above link. Mr. Cotman has created a stone catalog & dictionary software for the benefit of professionals in the natural stone industry. The software operates in English and several European languages like German, Italian, Croatian, Spanish, French and Portuguese, and the language can be switched at the click of a button.
The software is free of cost. The download version runs as a browser of pre-loaded stones from the Croatian quarries. If you want to create your own database and add your stones, you need to obtain a license by sending your machine code to Mr. Cotman and receive the license code by email.
The software runs on Microsoft Windows 7 and above.
The KAMEN Stone catalog browser allows you to visually identify and look at stone samples
Apart from functioning as a material browser, the software also has the capability to compare two stones for engineering and material properties.
Clicking on the Compare button takes you to the screen where you select two or more stones to compare.
The properties comparison happens in another window. Although you can select as many properties you like, it appears that not all of them are populated with values, so you get meaningful results only for a few of the most common ones.
Another feature I liked in this program is the dictionary of mining and geological terminology. As the program operates in multiple languages, users from different countries may often like to know the equivalent terminology in other languages. The built-in dictionary comes in handy.
I selected Strike Direction in English and the software told me what it is in HR (Hrvatska-Croatian), GB (English-UK), D (German), I (Italian), F (French), P (Portuguese) and E (Spanish)
Conclusion: This is a useful little piece of software that will help users in the stone industry. Once again, congratulations to Mr. Cotman and I wish him all the success.
Mr. Cotman can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Skype: kamenko97 or Phone: +38-598367267