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Rolling out integrated GPS capability and enhanced field-friendliness

RoadEng, from Softree Technical Systems, is an easy to use forest engineering and design software which has recently been released as Version 8 offering some game-changing features for field-based forestry operations. Source: Timberbiz

“Forestry has always been a ‘boots on the ground’ type of industry,” said Jack Rimac, Senior Applications Engineer at Softree.

“I’m happy to say that our new Version 8 really has some big improvements for those of our customers in forestry who spend a lot of time in the field.”

New features will allow users to bring office-level design functionality into the field:

  • GPS Integration in all modules of RoadEng
  • New field-friendly licensing options
  • Compatibility with Windows 10 tablets (including the Mesa2).

GPS integration means users can track their location in the field while visualizing their LiDAR data, or even a complete engineering design. This makes visualization and field verification easier.

“The benefits range from design and pre-construction planning, through to R/W layout, construction and post construction,” Les Higgs, Provincial Engineering Systems Specialist with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said. “No need to make Geo-referenced PDF maps, just take the actual design right to the field.”

RoadEng 8’s new flexible field-friendly licensing allows users to virtually check out a license and take it out to the field. This means organisations can keep better tabs on their licenses and avoid losing them in the field.

It also means users within the same organisation can share licenses virtually across different geographical sites without having to pass along a physical USB key.

RoadEng 8 runs on a Windows tablet, which means users can bring the full engineering program with them to the field. The new version also includes an easier user interface and touch gestures which makes working with RoadEng on a tablet easier than in previous versions.

Softree Technical Systems Inc is an engineering software firm that provides civil engineering design solutions across a variety of industries.