Welcome price decrease

Posted on Tuesday, 9th May 2017

Price drop as exchange rate improves

We're pleased to see that, with an improving exchange rate, the last two price list updates have allowed price decreases on all US$ purchased software - this includes Rockware and Golden Software products.

GeoMEMs prices have decreased by about 5% to 10% (depending on the product and product value) over the past 3 months. Good news for our customers looking to buy any of these products.

For the latest prices please phone James Tweedie on: 01382 329 011 or 0330 220 1331 (UK only)

Golden Software Licensing changes

Posted on Friday, 30th December 2016

Changes to Golden Software product licensing and delivery

We're delighted to announce that Golden Software have just changed their delivery method from physical pack shipment to electronic delivery.


This has two excellent benefits for you as a GeoMEM customer:

  1. Immediate price reduction as the high cost of international shipping and import fees are removed. Also no postage charge is involved from GeoMEM.
  2. The software can be delivered speedily - usually well within one working day.

There are also some new licensing options and a new maintenance plan for Surfer and Grapher:

  1. A Concurrent Licence (per seat cost basis) - also known as "network" or "floating" licence. This has been requested for many years by larger company and university / research organisations and has, at last, been provided by Golden Software.
  2. Annual Maintenance charge replaces the current "pay per major upgrade" method. The first years maintenance is included in the original purchase price. The Annual Maintenance charge includes all software upgrades in that year. This avoids the situation where a customer buys a version of software shortly before a major upgrade release and is faced with the upgrade charge to keep up to date.

You can check out the licensing information on our Golden Software Licensing page.

These changes are welcomed by GeoMEM because they bring Golden Software into line with most other software suppliers - resulting in lower prices from savings in costs and shorter delivery times with electronic delivery. We see this as a very positive step for all and a great start to 2017.

NEW FAX NUMBER

Posted on Thursday, 8th September 2016

New Fax Number from 1st September 2016

With recent upgrading/rationalising of our phone and communications systems GeoMEM now have a new Fax number: (+44)(0) 1382 339 620.
The old fax number will be supported until 31st October 2016 after which all faxes must be sent to the new number.

EU UNEXMIN project

Posted on Tuesday, 2nd February 2016

Software for the EU Horizon 2020 UNEXMIN Project: An Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

Thirteen organisations from seven countries across Europe are collaborating in an ambitious project to develop a submersible robotic system for surveying and exploration of flooded mines. The €5M project, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research programme, will include the development of a Robotic Explorer (UX-1) for autonomous 3D mine mapping to gather valuable geological information that cannot be obtained in any other way: in general the mines will be too deep and dangerous for access by human divers.

4dcoders, a group of software developers which includes RCI, Rockmate, GeoMEM, and GeoReka, will lead the development of software to manage and process the expected large volumes of survey and instrumental data from the robot surveys. These will include basic data on location and attitude of the robots, video and photographic data, laser point-clouds, and physical parameters such as pH, ion concentrations, temperature, gamma counts, and others. The results will include a variety of statistical and graphical outputs and will include real and false colour photographs, videos, and multivariate analyses. Particular contributions will also include "fly-through" videos to be created from the processed data by a film unit at the Tampere University of Technology.

A multi-robot system based on UX-1 will represent new technology, made possible by recent developments in autonomy research allowing development of a completely new class of robots, capable of operating underground without remote control: UX-1 will be the first of its kind. Research challenges are related to miniaturisation and adaptation of deep sea robotic technology to this new application environment and to the interpretation of high volumes of multivariate geoscientific data.

Pilot deployments will be carried out at mines with progressively more challenging conditions: Kaatiala feldspar/quartz mine (Finland), Urgeiriça uranium mine (Portugal) and Idrija mercury mine (Slovenia). The final, most ambitious demonstration will take place in the UK with the first modern survey of the Deep Ecton copper mine (UK) most of which has been flooded and inaccessible for over 150 years. This will demonstrate the system’s scalability from small missions to the largest ones by increasing the number of deployed autonomous drones, and supporting multi-robot cooperation in confined 3D spaces with real-time sensor and data fusion for reliable navigation and communications.

The development of UX-1 will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on re-opening Europe’s abandoned mines, many of which may still contain critical raw materials, can be supported by real data which cannot be gathered in any other way.

The robots will be developed by a team headed by Tampere University of Technology, Finland and INESC (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto), Portugal, with instrumentation contributed by a team to be led by the University of Miskolc, Hungary. Technology for autonomous operation will be contributed by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The University of Miskolc will provide overall project coordination.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690008.

A full list of the participants is:

  1. University of Miskolc (UM), Hungary
  2. Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS), Slovenia
  3. Tampere University of Technology, Department of Mechanical, Engineering and Industrial Systems (TUT), Finland
  4. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Centre for Automation and Robotics (UPM-CSIC), Spain
  5. La Palma Research S.L. (LPRC), Spain
  6. Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC), Portugal
  7. Resources Computing International Ltd (RCI), UK (representing 4dcoders)
  8. Geoplano (GEOP), Portugal
  9. Ecton Mine Educational Trust (EMET), UK
  10. European Federation of Geologists (EFG), France
  11. Geo-montan (GEOM), Hungary
  12. Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro (EDM), Portugal
  13. Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre (CUDHgI), Slovenia

 

4dcoders UNEXMIN complete press release available here (pdf)

Further details and links about 4dcoders.


 

4dcoders - software collaboration

Posted on Monday, 1st February 2016

Formation of 4dcoders

GeoMEM is pleased to be one of the founder members of 4dcoders, a collaboration of four mineral industry software development, supply and support companies.
4dcoders founder members are:

  • Steve Henley (RCI / VMine)
  • Mike McLoughlin (Rockmate)
  • Hilco van Moerkirk (Geo-Reka)
  • James Tweedie (GeoMEM)

Further details and links here: 4dcoders page on GeoMEM


 

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