EarthSoft Releases EQuIS Version 5.5.1

February 23, 2011

EarthSoft is pleased to announce the release of EQuIS version 5.5.1, also known as Service Pack 1 for Version 5.5. This release contains several important bug fixes for issues found in version 5.5 of EQuIS Enterprise, EQuIS Professional, EQuIS for ArcGIS Desktop, and EQuIS Data Processor (EDP). We encourage everyone to review the Release Notes for a detailed description of fixes contained in this service pack. A few of the fixes are listed here:

• EQuIS Enterprise: Several bugs have been fixed that prevented various items (menus, buttons, notices, EDDs) from displaying correctly. Relative date options in EZView (e.g. “Last Day of Previous Month”) have been fixed and are now working correctly. Managers can now receive EDD failure notices for subscribed facilities. A bug has been fixed that prevented reporting on facility groups.

• EQuIS Professional: Crosstab now exports numbers as text to preserve significant digits in Excel. Memory usage has been reduced when exporting crosstabs to Excel.

• EQuIS for ArcGIS Desktop: Surfer module improvements when used with EZView group layers that allow mapping and contour of every month’s water levels or each chemical analyte’s concentrations in groundwater in just one operation, for example. EZView layers created in ArcScene can now override the graduated colors symbol defined in the EarthSoft.Style gallery and use 3D sphere symbols colored by concentration.  The “Create Multipatch Spheres” option when creating EZView layers has been improved, especially for crosstab queries where the results resemble 3D “beach balls” that serve the same purpose as 2D pie charts, while adding the vertical dimension for chemical fingerprinting.

• EDP: A bug has been fixed that caused 24-hour times to be interpreted as 12-hour times when opening an *.xls.

EQuIS Online hosted sites will be upgraded soon.
Contact with specific upgrade requests.

New Presentations: From the 10th Annual Geohazards Technical Forum

February 17, 2011

The three following presentations are from the 10th Annual Geohazards Technical Forum:

View below or click the coordinating links to view the pdf versions.

“Ohio DOT’s Geotechnical Management System: Drilling Request to GIS”

By Scot D. Weaver, MSCE, EarthSoft Vice President and Co-founder


“Laboratory Data Managment System for Soil, Rock and Water”

By Robert Y. Liang, Ph.D., P.E., University of Akron, Frank Feng, President, Acetek Ltd., Robert Y. Liang, Ph.D., P.E., University of Akron, Frank Feng, President, Acetek Ltd., Kirk Beach, Geology Program Manager, ODOT Office of Geotechnical Engineering, Sean Mulligan, P.E., Geotech Lab Supervisor, ODOT Office of Geotechnical Engineering, Kirk Beach, Geology Program Manager, ODOT Office of Geotechnical Engineering, and Sean Mulligan, P.E., Geotech Lab Supervisor, ODOT Office of Geotechnical Engineering


“Integrated Geological Hazard Management System”

By Kirk D. Beach, Ohio Department of Transportation, Robert Y. Liang, Ph.D., P.E., University of Akron and Frank Feng, Acetek Ltd.

View more presentations from EarthSoft.

EQuIS Product Overview

February 16, 2011

EarthSoft has created a new EQuIS product overview presentation. The overview is viewable below, or click the following link for the pdf version.

Office Hours – Action Level API – February 17, 2011

February 9, 2011

The Action Level Application Programming Interface (API) provides EQuIS users with the ability to produce custom and advanced action levels. For example, the Action Level API may be used to program hardness-based action levels where a calculation is used to determine the action-level value based on the hardness result.

In this office hours, an EarthSoft employee will demonstrate examples on how to use the Action Level API.
This session will be held at 11am EDT (-5 GMT) FULL! and 6pm EDT (-5 GMT) on February 3, 2011.

To sign up for a session, please send us an email at or register on the Office Hours page and indicate your session of preference.

Note that spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Excel Templates – February 2011

February 5, 2011

Click here to download EarthSoft Office Hour: Excel Templates_Feb 2011

[length 27:30] [33MB]

EQuIS Professional allows users to use Excel templates to format the reports from the Crosstab Report creator.
In this Office Hour video, EarthSoft will demonstrate how to use Excel templates in conjunction with EQuIS reports.
Table of Contents:
Set-up Worksheet – 00:16
Format Worksheet – 01:46
Conditional Formatting 05:30
Headers – 06:47
Run and Export – 10:19
Known Bugs – 13:46
Questions – 15:54

EarthSoft and Keynetix Announce EQuIS for AutoCAD

February 3, 2011

January 31, 2011 – Keynetix Managing Director Roger Chandler and EarthSoft CEO Mitch Beard announced today the beta program for a new EQuIS module: EQuIS for AutoCAD. EQuIS for AutoCAD will generate advanced environmental and geotechnical graphics within AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map or AutoCAD Civil, from EQuIS Schema databases and EQuIS Professional. The public beta release of this software will be available approximately March 31, 2011 and trial software is available for a limited number of clients. Consultants wishing to beta test this release should contact EarthSoft or Keynetix.

The beta version of EQuIS for AutoCAD delivers contamination tables and location plans within AutoCAD linked to EQuIS Schemas. Subsequent versions will port the geotechnical graphical capabilities from Keynetix’s KeyHOLE including borehole strips, 3D representations, and subsurface graphics linked to EQuIS. EarthSoft and Keynetix plan to release these versions late in 2011.

“We look forward to extending all the power of KeyHOLE and AutoCAD to the large EQuIS client base” said Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Keynetix. “As an Autodesk System Centre and EarthSoft partner, we sought new ways to increase the productivity of AutoCAD and EQuIS. From the extensive feedback from EQuIS customers it appears even the beta version functionality of this product will save large amounts of time for EQuIS users desiring to use AutoCAD generating advanced technical graphics.”

Many of EarthSoft’s clients have been requesting EQuIS for AutoCAD to streamline their workflows. EarthSoft CEO Mitch Beard said, “We have been discussing this product a long time and are completely convinced there is a huge demand for a better AutoCAD module in EQuIS. We think EarthSoft can sell many licenses of this module. We want to thank our partner Keynetix for bringing this new module to our clients.”

AutoCAD, by Autodesk, Inc., is a CAD (Computer Aided Design or Computer Aided Drafting) software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. First released in December 1982, AutoCAD was one of the first CAD programs to run on personal computers, notably the IBM PC. AutoCAD Map and AutoCAD Civil have been added to their product range in recent years and add powerful features to the standard AutoCAD product aimed specifically at land professionals. EarthSoft and Keynetix products target specifically contaminated land and other geotechnical and geoenvironmental applications.

EarthSoft’s award-winning EQuIS software is the most widely used environmental data management software in the world. Over 400 consultants use EQuIS.

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