New Training Videos: 3D Kriging and Advanced Gridding

Sep 6, 2016 in Announcements, Training

We have just posted two new series of public training videos for Earth Volumetric Studio. The first series is on 3D Kriging in three parts: Part One focuses on krig_3d, some of its basic properties and discusses the limitations of its flat-topped rectilinear gridding in anticipation of Part Two. Part Two demonstrates how easy it is to incorporate krig_3d_geology when doing 3D kriging so that your grid is conformal to site topography and/or includes site stratigraphy. Part Three introduces draw_lines and triangulate_polygons to create a user-defined area, which we then use area_cut and intersection to subset the model to show the region inside or outside of that area. Finally, we explore volumetrics and its important settings to ensure that volume and mass analysis is performed correctly. The second series is on Advanced Gridding: Part One introduces krig_3d_geology’s Finite Difference Gridding option which provides a very flexible means to create a rotated rectangular 2D grid with complex cell size distributions. This video covers it basic functionality and is recommended for all users. Part Two continues Part One to add area_cut, polyline_spline and triangulate_polygons in order to create a grid that is confined to a region which closely conforms to the concave hull of a riverine dataset. It is recommended for advanced users and those needing more control over the areal extents of their models. Both video series are available on the public Training Videos page....

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Stratigraphic Geology Training Video Series Posted

Aug 24, 2016 in Announcements, Training

We have just posted a new series of four training videos on modeling Stratigraphic Geology.  The first three cover rather basic topics related to the creation of stratigraphic geologic models, but the fourth and final video in the series tackles the more complex horizon_ranking module and how to use it to control hierarchy when you have intersecting stratigraphic horizons. All four videos are available on the public Training Videos page.

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New Training Video: Animation in Earth Volumetric Studio

Aug 22, 2016 in Announcements, Training

There is a new addition to the Earth Volumetric Studio Training Videos. The Animation in Earth Volumetric Studio video demonstrates the basic procedure for creating animations. We begin with a beginner application and make some simple modifications to it before learning the step-by-step procedures for creating a high-quality AVI which is included (3 times) at the end of the video.

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Online Class Offerings for September and October, 2016

Aug 19, 2016 in Announcements

We are pleased to announce the September-October 2016 online classes for Earth Volumetric Studio. These are described at http://www.ctech.com/training/online-classes/. The page includes a PDF Registration form with the schedule for these class offerings. This form must be submitted for each student wishing to participate. These classes have been scheduled to accommodate all U.S. time zones. At this time we are offering three series of classes: A repeat of the Introduction to Earth Volumetric Studio Series in four, 4 hour sessions. A repeat of the Migration from MVS to Earth Volumetric Studio Series in two, 4 hour sessions. An Advanced Training Class Series with two different single session topics: Python Scripting in Studio Advanced Variography in krig_3d The Intro series is targeted at new users, whereas the Migration class is specifically for EVS-Pro and MVS users who are relatively new to Studio. The Advanced Classes are for anyone with prior experience who want to expand their expertise to include Python automation and advanced variography and kriging optimization. Premier Program customers may use their free training credits towards the cost of these classes. It is each student’s responsibility to confirm that they are authorized to use the organization’s training credits before submitting their registration form. Thank you, C Tech Development Corporation Software Sales Department Phone: +1 (941)...

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The Release of 64-bit Earth Volumetric Studio 2016.8

Aug 16, 2016 in Announcements, New Releases

Earth Volumetric Studio 2016.8 is now available to download. I hope that you will forgive my being a bit long winded in this announcement, as I feel this is truly a momentous occasion for C Tech and our customers. C Tech has been in business now for 27 years and I have personally been involved with 3D modeling and visualization for 39 years. I saw the need for Environmental Visualization System (the original EVS) in 1989 and we had our first commercial Unix-based software available in 1990. However, in 1994 when Windows NT was released we were ready with a product for Windows and our market took off. Over the next 22 years our software grew and evolved into a line of products that included the 4DIM Player, EVS for ArcView, EVS-Standard, EVS-Pro, MVS and the EnterVol for ArcGIS product line. When we started on EnterVol over 5 years ago we tried to step back and not be restricted by backwards compatibility with EVS & MVS and there were some interesting advances that came from that. At the same time that EnterVol began we started brainstorming the next generation of our EVS product line, which brings us to today’s announcement. For those of you that recognize that today we offer only two primary products: Earth Volumetric Studio and EnterVol, you might wonder why our product line has shrunk. The answer is our users. We listened to the frustration of users with EVS-Standard or Pro who needed MVS features but couldn’t convince their management to upgrade. We see our EnterVol suite of products as our entry level software and Studio as our flagship. We wanted all of our EVS & MVS users to be able to take advantage of all of the amazing features we were developing in Studio, so about one year ago, we decided to offer only a single version of Earth Volumetric Studio which would be a super-set of MVS functionality. Nearly 4 years ago we reached out to a select group of users, we nicknamed the MVS Influencers. They were chosen, you might say, because they were the proverbial squeaky wheels. These were the users that our tech support group heard from a lot. We wanted to make sure that our next-gen technology wasn’t developed in a vacuum, and to that end, you have seen us put out quite a few Candidate Releases of Earth Volumetric Studio as we have striven to implement our ideas and theirs. Today also marks the end of Candidate Releases. There is a part of me that would like to say that Earth Volumetric Studio version 2016.8 is the best software that we could possibly deliver to our customers. But if I waited until we could make it no better, it would never be ready. We are a creative bunch and I assure you that as good as it is today (and it is amazing), it will only continue to improve with each future release. We have so many great ideas, that it is a hard task just prioritizing what we should tackle next. It is time to explain why this release is such a big deal. This is the first release of Earth Volumetric Studio and it is the first native 64-bit application we have offered. As the development team...

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Update on Animating Web-Based Models

May 12, 2016 in Announcements

I wanted to post a quick correction to my announcement on 3D Publishing to the web.  I started writing that post weeks before it was released because we were working on the examples for our website.  During that time, Sketchfab shared with us a solution for animating web-based models.  Unlike our 4DIM and PDF animations which are frame-based, the Sketchfab animations must have a time duration assigned to each VRML frame.  The first example showing the railyard has 8 frames which flip on 5 second intervals.   We’ve been told that Sketchfab will soon add the ability to specify frames vs. times which will make things even better. Reed Copsey,...

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Announcing 3D Publishing to the Web

May 10, 2016 in Announcements

I have to admit that we’re always keeping secrets.  We’re always working on new things, and we try not to be the company that spends more time telling you what we’re going to do someday, rather than showing you what we can do today.  Most of our customers know that we offer a $500 tool to convert our VRML files to 3D PDFs that will play in the free Adobe Reader which is installed on 90% of the world’s computers.  About 50% of our customers have embraced that technology which allows them to incorporate interactive 3D models in their PDF reports to their clients.   We’ve also had a lot of requests for a web-based 3D viewer for EVS models as well as wanting to see 3D models on smartphones or iPads.  Ironically, 15-20 years ago, there was a reasonably good plug-in for Internet Explorer to allow direct viewing of VRML files, but the past-is-past.   Late last summer we discoveredwww.sketchfab.com.  At first we were ecstatic, but that quickly wore off when some of the first things we tried to upload didn’t display correctly.  We tried working with their developers, and we have waited patiently for 6 months.  However, at this time, we do not expect them to address their limitations.  Rather than be defeated by their limitations, we decided to investigate just what we could do within those limitations; and I think that many of you will be excited.  Just as Adobe’s 3D PDF rendering doesn’t support everything we can do in EVS; Sketchfab’s limitations don’t make it worthless, just less wonderful.  Here’s a summary of the good and the not so: EVS models on smartphones, tablets & iPads! EVS models in all browsers on all operating systems: Windows; Mac; Linux; iOS and Android. No plugin or software installation required. The cost is low. Sketchfab offers free accounts so you can try it without any commitment Pro accounts (for private and larger models) are only $120 per year. There is nothing you need to buy from C Tech! Limitations Biggest limitation is no direct support for aerial photos or textures No animation or multi-frame support (don’t let their website fool you) Shares many 3D-PDF limitations also Transparency quality is poor, especially for closed shells and nested shells So, if you go to ctech.com you will discover our main page includes an interactive 3D model, and our menus include links to a dozen more models. I have revised the May online training registration form to include an additional class on Tuesday May 31 specifically targeting 3D Publishing to the web and 3D PDFs.  Our long learning curve has convinced me that I need to share my experiences with all of you.  You are welcome to get an account at Sketchfab.com and experiment on your own as we did for several months or take this 4 hour class and bypass months of frustration.  I expect this class, and the other May classes to fill up quickly. Reed D. Copsey, President     |     C Tech Development Corporation  8415 Midnight Pass Rd. Sarasota, FL 34242 U.S.A O: +1.941.315.5740     |    ...

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Earth Volumetric Studio Training: Bellingham, WA May 12th-15th, 2015

Mar 11, 2015 in Announcements

C Tech will be holding a 4 Day EVS Class in Bellingham, WA, May 12th-15th, 2015. This class is recommended for all current EVS, MVS, or Earth Volumetric Studio users.  This class will introduce the Earth Volumetric Studio environment and will cover the core topics addressed in our normal advanced training classes. In addition, special attention will be dedicated to new functionality in Earth Volumetric Studio, including the new kriging options, the new animation capabilities, and the Python based scripting environment.  Special attention will be dedicated to automating workflows using the animation and Python scripting, with hands on exercises done during the training. The class prerequisites are completion of all EVS or MVS workbooks, and at least 2 weeks (equivalent full time) experience running EVS, MVS, or Earth Volumetric Studio. We strongly urge all attendees to review the EVS and MVS workbooks prior to coming to class. This will allow us to conduct the class at an advanced level. The cost is $2,000 per student for the 4 day training ($1,600 for Premier Program clients… unless using your included classes). Discounted rates for two or more students from the same organization are available. Class will start at 8:30 AM and will be 8 hours per day and will end by 3:00 pm on Friday. The instructor will be available until 4:00pm Friday for those wishing to spend extra time on other subjects.  Please plan all travel accordingly, allowing for drive time to the airport. We require advance payment to secure a place in a class. Please contact Reed Copsey at 808-447-9751 or sales [at] ctech.com to secure a spot in the class. Please Note: Attendees will be required to bring a laptop with adequate permissions to install the current release of Earth Volumetric Studio.     Travel Information for Bellingham, WA Getting to Bellingham – Bellingham is a small coastal town between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. Travelers to Bellingham have a few different options. Bellingham International Airport (BLI) is served directly by Delta Airlines, Horizon Air, and Allegiant Air. Visitors can also fly to Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) on all major airlines and drive north to Bellingham (a roughly 1.5 hour scenic drive).  Canadian travelers may find it easier to drive south from Vancouver (YVR) Airport. Once in Bellingham, a rental car is recommended, but can be avoided if desired. C Tech has arranged special rates with our two recommended hotels for the May 12th to 15th, 2015 EVS training in Bellingham, WA.  As that is a very busy week for travel in this region, we recommend booking your travel arrangements as soon as possible.  We have two contracted rates with hotels near the training, and highly recommend staying at one of these locations.  Note that both hotels have a limited number of rooms available at these rates. Hotel Bellwether: http://www.hotelbellwether.com/ This full service, waterfront hotel is considered the nicest in the region.  It sits right on Bellingham Bay, and is surrounded by numerous restaurants and walking paths.  C Tech has arranged rates of $159 per night, which is a significant discount from the standard rate at this hotel.  The hotel is about 3 miles from the training location.  To book, please contact the hotel directly at (360) 392-3100, and ask to get the “C Tech Development Corporation” rate. SpringHill Suites by Marriott: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/blish-springhill-suites-bellingham/ One of the newest hotels...

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Release of EnterVol Product Suite Version 1.8.2

Aug 20, 2013 in EnterVol, New Releases

C Tech is pleased to announce the release of EnterVol 1.8.2 for ArcGIS 10.1, which includes a number of enhancements over version 1.8.1. New or improved functionality in EnterVol includes: Dramatic speed and memory improvements throughout the product.  Loading models is significantly faster in 1.8.2. Dramatic improvements to stability and performance in many routines EnterVol 1.8.2 can be downloaded at client.ctech.com. For those installing EnterVol for the first time, the software will run for 15 days as a fully functional Trial...

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EVS & MVS Version 9.88

Aug 20, 2013 in New Releases

Version 9.88 of EVS and MVS has been released. This release builds upon Version 9.87 and earlier by fixing known issues in the software. Please refer to the release notes for further details on the changes in this release. Current users may download the new release from our downloads page. This release will require your maintenance date to be August 19th, 2013 or later in order to...

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