Announcements

The Release of 64-bit Earth Volumetric Studio 2016.8

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Announcements, New Releases | Comments Off on The Release of 64-bit Earth Volumetric Studio 2016.8

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

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Announcements | Comments Off on Update on Animating Web-Based Models

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

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Announcements | Comments Off on Announcing 3D Publishing to the Web

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

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Announcements | Comments Off on Earth Volumetric Studio Training: Bellingham, WA May 12th-15th, 2015

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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Earth Volumetric Studio Training: Nashville, TN, September 9th-12th, 2013

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Announcements | Comments Off on Earth Volumetric Studio Training: Nashville, TN, September 9th-12th, 2013

C Tech will be holding a 4 Day EVS Class in Nashville, Tennessee on Sept 9-12th, 2013. This class is recommended for all current EVS and MVS users.  This class will introduce the Earth Volumetric Studio environment and will cover the core topics addressed in our normal advanced training classes. The class prerequisites are completion of all EVS or MVS workbooks, and at least 2 weeks (equivalent full time) experience running EVS or MVS. We strongly urge all attendees to review the EVS 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 4:00 pm on Thursday. 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. Logistics for the training: The 4 day training will take place at the Aloft Nashville Cool Springs Hotel, in Franklin, TN.  C Tech has arranged a group rate for this hotel, which can be booked online directly. The facility is just south of Nashville.  The nearest airport is Nashville International Airport...

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EVS and MVS Beginner Training: Bellingham, WA, July 24th-26th, 2013

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Announcements | Comments Off on EVS and MVS Beginner Training: Bellingham, WA, July 24th-26th, 2013

For the first time in 15 years C Tech will be holding a 3 day beginner’s class on EVS and MVS on July 24-26, 2013 (Wednesday – Friday). This class will be held in Bellingham, WA. This class will provide an introduction to EVS and MVS.  Hands-on time with a pre-release version of Earth Volumetric Studio will be included. Students can arrive with no experience. However, we strongly recommend doing (or at least reading) the first 5 workbooks. The training will cover the most important scope of the workbooks and additional topics such as: Preparing and importing data for 3D modeling Verifying consistency of data for 3D modeling Building geologic models from boring logs 2D analytical data estimation DrillGuide Analytically Guided Site Assessment 3D analytical data estimation with kriging Introduction to model optimization Volumetric analysis of plumes and ore bodies Generating Fence Diagrams and projecting to 2D for incorporation into ArcMap projects Students completing this class will be able to undertake complex 3D modeling projects on their own and will be able to communicate their 3D data needs to project personnel. This class is a comprehensive introduction to modeling and each day’s scope will include real-world exercises and homework to be completed the first two evenings. For this reason, students must bring a laptop computer with Administrator Rights to allow software installation. Software and licensing keys will be provided by C Tech during the duration of the class. The class will be $1,500 per student. Premier customers can use their included training for this class. Premier customers may send four students using just three of their free classes. Class will start at 8:30 AM and will be 8 hours per day and will end at 4:00 pm on Friday. 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...

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EnterVol Lithology Video Released

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Announcements | Comments Off on EnterVol Lithology Video Released

A new video demonstrating EnterVol’s amazing ability to create smooth Lithologic models from boring logs (such as C Tech’s PGF format) has been released.  If you like MVS’s adaptive indicator kriging, you’ll love EnterVol’s Lithologic Modeling

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New Training Videos

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Announcements | Comments Off on New Training Videos

C Tech has added a new section to our website which consolidates all of our training videos for EVS, MVS and EnterVol including the MVS Tips and Tricks videos. Several new videos have been recently added and more are in production. Take a look at http://www.ctech.com/training/videos/

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Determining Layer Thickness After surf_cut

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Announcements | Comments Off on Determining Layer Thickness After surf_cut

This Tips and Tricks video covers the process for determining the true thickness of a geologic layer following the use of the MVS surf_cut module to cut away a portion of the layer. This is applicable to water tables, excavations, etc.   The application created for this tip and trick may be downloaded here:...

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Advanced User EVS and MVS Version 10 Training: Bellingham, WA, May 7th-10th, 2013

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Announcements | Comments Off on Advanced User EVS and MVS Version 10 Training: Bellingham, WA, May 7th-10th, 2013

C Tech will be holding a first of its kind training class for experienced MVS users. This class is highly recommend for advanced users who have previously attended a C Tech 5-day training class. This class will not be appropriate for a user with less than 6 months equivalent full time experience with EVS or MVS. The class will be held in Bellingham, WA on May 7-10, 2013 (Tues-Fri). The primary purpose of this class is to introduce our most experienced users to the significant changes coming with EVS and MVS Version 10 which will release this year. We will spend the first two days discussing issues relating to Version 10 and advanced topics such as: Taking advantage of the new interface and design of Version 10 Migrating applications from previous versions New math and string formatting libraries and syntax Scripting support, including advanced 4DIM creation via scripting Advanced model optimization The agenda of the second two days will be completely dictated and directed by attendee suggestions. All confirmed attendees are invited to submit topics which they would like to discuss at least 2 weeks in advance of the class. We will then allow attendees to “vote” prior to the class, and base the content around the most popular and interesting topics submitted. The goal here is to focus on “real world” problems and user needs. C Tech reserves the right to to confirm the qualifications and approve all attendees. For this class, advanced approval is required if the student attendee is changed. The restricted attendance is to ensure that the class can be held at a very high level. Please Note: Attendees will be required to bring a laptop with adequate permissions to install the Version 10 Beta release of MVS. Full MVS licenses will be provided by C Tech for use during the training....

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