Monday, 15 September 2008 06:12

Encom Enhances Industry-Leading GIS Package for Geoscientists

Encom, a subsidiary of Pitney Bowes and a leading provider of desktop geoscientific and GIS software, data management, and advanced technical consulting for the natural resources sector, has announced the latest edition of its flagship Discover GIS.


Discover version 10.0 provides geoscientists with a total solution for data collection, analysis, modelling, and visualisation in one integrated product. With this software release, Encom has added an impressive set of new capabilities to this already powerful tool. A host of new additions, including new gridding and surface functionality, time-saving drillhole management and grid layout tools, a new point classification tool, and extensive improvements to graphical mapping, mean geoscientists now have greater flexibility and control in achieving the results they need.

Robyn Hee, Principal Information Geologist, Oz Minerals, said, “For exploration users, MapInfo Professional and Discover go hand in hand. Discover 10’s new developments enhance an already exceptional suite of productivity tools for MapInfo.”
Exploration geologists today are working with increasingly large datasets and, as a consequence, they need to be able to access this information easily and quickly without spending hours converting and reformatting data.
The release of Discover 10.0 addresses these needs by delivering performance boosts of up to 30 per cent in many data processing tools along with vastly improved grid-handling capabilities.  Extremely large (>10 Gigabyte) grids, such as continental scale digital elevation models, magnetic or gravity datasets, can now be imported and visualised with ease.
If advanced data processing of large grids is required, the original grid can be cut into smaller tiles and these tiles can then be selectively and efficiently processed by Discover’s powerful surface manipulation tools. Discover’s already powerful grid manipulation, analysis, and presentation tools have been further enhanced with new utilities for computing true surface areas, cut-and-fill volumes, surface profiles, and grid outlines. Other practical additions to the grid handling capabilities include improvements to contour labelling, and support for HGT (raw Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data files), Landmark, Geosoft GFX, and MapInfo MIG grid file formats.
The grid layout tool, which is used to layout grid lines and pegs for geochemical sampling traverses, airborne surveys and drilling programmes, also sports a much friendlier user interface. Geoscientists can now interactively define, preview, and modify baselines and quickly generate survey lines and pegs on rectangular, triangular, or diamond pattern grids.
Version 10 includes many other practical additions and improvements for multi-variate data classification, mapping, graphing, and visualisation. Geoscientists can now spend more time exploring and interpreting their data and focusing on making discoveries.
“We are very excited about the release of Discover 10.0, as it not only delivers a significant boost in capabilities but focuses heavily on streamlining the productivity of the geoscientist”, says Owen Parfrey, Chief Architect for Encom. Setting up and managing drillhole projects is now much easier with the addition of a new, intuitive, wizard-style interface. The Section Manager tool has been redesigned to give users better and more visual control over section definitions and the data they contain. Environmental and engineering data from the gINT borehole logging application can now be imported into a Discover drillhole project - combining all geochemical, geophysical, lithological, engineering and environmental data in one application, and in a single view.
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