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4dcoders: a new geoscience software development collaboration

4dcoders consists of a group of software developers with excellent experience and product development in the fields of geoscience, mining, and quarrying, who have decided to pool their skills in a collaborative consortium.

Taking a new approach in the industry, 4dcoders offers a wide range of software solutions. But, instead of a single software package claimed to suit everybody’s needs, each member of 4dcoders operates as a separate independent business and has taken a strategic decision to make its products inter-operable with those of other members and with the wider software community. Using common data interfaces allows rapid and easy transfer of data among their different applications. For clients this means specific user interfaces tailored to specific tasks while maintaining easy collaboration between other departments using different packages.

4dcoders software solutions include geomechanical and geotechnical modelling, drillhole data processing, database management, exploration statistics, mapping, advanced three-dimensional modelling and visualisation. Their clients include all sectors of the minerals industry, mining technology suppliers, geological survey organisations, and consulting firms.


Forefront of development

All members of 4dcoders have been working at the forefront of technological development and pioneering software in the areas of mine blasting, database engineering, drilling and surveying and geological modelling, with a combined experience of over 100 person-years. This has already led to members of 4dcoders participating in a range of European funded research projects, and they continue to strive to be at the leading edge of technological development.


The four initial members of 4dcoders are:


Rockmate is a developer of innovative solutions for surface mining operations including blast optimisation and shovel production monitoring as a value added reseller. This includes developing software to process raw data from a laser to create a model of a rockface which is to be blasted.
Principal: Mike McLoughlin.

RCI (Resources Computing International Ltd)

RCI develops VMINE for a variety of geoscience applications, providing database management using an 'open-world' DBMS model; also including a variety of statistical, graphical, and 2D and 3D modelling applications. The principal purpose of VMINE is to be a platform for new research project applications. Software development is mainly in Fortran 95, to take advantage of the very large resource of numerical applications libraries that are available.
Principal: Steve Henley.

GeoReka! Software

GeoReka! develops geological modelling software. Primarily, the software is aimed at minerals exploration, but it is also used in other areas like quarrying. GeoReka! Software provides affordable solutions without compromising on quality. Its top-notch visualisation is supported by ground breaking tools adapted from other industries to the geological sciences. With experience in engineering, medical science and geological science GeoReka! tries to provide new innovative ways crossing industry boundaries to provide the best modelling tools for the job.
Principal: Hilco van Moerkerk.


both develops its own and supplies third-party geological and engineering software to the mining, engineering and construction industries. Software development focuses on control applications for industrial devices, in particular, borehole survey instruments and laboratory systems. It includes extensive experience of industrial communications using wired serial, wireless, IR, bluetooth and EtherCAT/CANOpen. Applications cover mathematics, graphics, data analysis, statistics, data export in a range of formats (including bespoke). Development languages include: C#, Visual Basic, C, Pascal on a range of platforms.
Principal: James Tweedie.

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