RockWorks/2002 Revision History



Improvement 06/29/01 The default solid modeling algorithm has been changed to inverse distance / isotropic.
Improvement 06/29/01 The major 3D entities are now automatically named as follows;
   Lithology/Fence: "Lithology Fence"
   Lithology/Model: "Lithology Model"
   Stratigraphy/Fence: "Stratigraphy Fence"
   Stratigraphy/Model: "Stratigraphy Model"
   Geochemistry/Fence: Selected geochemical track name + "Fence"
   Geochemistry/Model: Selected geochemical track name + "Fence"
   Geophysics/Fence: Selected geophysical track name + "Fence"
   Geophysics/Model: Selected geophysical track name + "Fence"
As a consequence, the naming options within the various menus have been removed.
Bug Fix 06/29/01 The geochem grids within the logs are now plotted correctly.
Improvement 06/29/01 The program will now give a warning/explanation if there is an error (e.g. read-only, disk full, etc.) when attempting to save log data.  The program will then gracefully skip that step.
Bug Fix 6/28/01 The Geochemistry and Geophysical fence diagram no longer "share" panel names.  This bug fix solves problems in which the program was confusing the panel names from other, previously-generated fence diagrams including lithology and stratigraphy diagrams.
Improvement 06/28/01 The Lithology, Stratigraphy, Geochemistry, and Geophysical solid modeling menus now maintain separate file names for the solid models.  The previous version would share the same file names, resulting in potential confusion.
Bug Fix 06/25/01 The RockPlot data window now displays the x/y coordinates.  The Zoom window is now visible, 
Improvement 06/25/01 The RockPlot data window has been directly incorporated into the main RockPlot2D dialog.  This will eliminate problems with maintaining separate windows.  As a consequence; (1) The View/Data-Window, Window/Tile/RockPlot&Clipboard, Tile/Rockplot and associated buttons have been removed. A new submenu titled "Data" has been added.  This menu provides access to the New, Save, etc. options for the data window.
Cosmetic 06/24/01 The items within the  log header page have been shuffled to put the required fields at the top.
New Feature 06/24/01 The geochemistry and elog data editors now have a utility within the Edit menu called "Random".  This program creates bogus downhole data.  It is designed to help us test out the program and will probably be removed before the final release.
Cosmetic 06/24/01 The default configuration for log column titling of bargraphs and elogs has been set to "false".
Bug Fix 06/22/01 The RockPlot3D program no longer issues an error message when reading solid models that are created by programs such as the Geophysics/Model utility.
Cosmetic 06/22/01 The background color for variables within the expanding/collapsing menus now have a yellow background (the red was too hard to read on some monitors).
Cosmetic 06/22/01 The expanding/collapsing sub-menus now contain icons for selected items.
Uploaded to web site 6/21/01
Major Improvement 06/21/01 The vertical exaggeration options have been removed from all programs that generate 2-dimensional diagrams.  All exaggeration is now performed within RockPlot2D.  This is a major improvement because the user no longer needs to experiment with exaggeration factors and font dimensions when creating a diagram with the desired exaggeration factor. 
Improvement 06/21/01 When exaggerating a diagram that contains vector-based fonts and symbols, the font and symbol heights and widths are now re-proportioned based on the exaggeration factor.  This minimizes the effect of vertically stretched or compressed text and symbols.  It works best on vertical and horizontal text.  Diagonal text is still problematic.
Bug Fix 06/20/01 The lithology pattern density factors are no longer confused by the program with the rock density factor when plotting the lithology patterns within the keyword selection menu or when plotting the lithologies within logs.
New Feature 06/19/01 Whenever the user changes the project directory, the program will check to see if a file called "Lithology.Tab" or "Stratigraphy.Tab" exists in that directory.  If it does, then the change the names of the lithology table and/or stratigraphy tables accordingly.
Improvement 06/19/01 The close-options menu within the contact picker now displays hint boxes.
Bug Fix 06/19/01 The delete-log option no longer list the file name in a separate, debugging window.
Bug Fix 06/19/01 The column titling capability now works for geophysical data.
Removal 06/18/01 The View/Borehole Manager Preferences option has been removed.  Now that the column titles have been removed the visible-menu stuff just adds more confusion to the program.  Instead, all of the items are now always visible, including the optional header stuff such as range and township information.  This will also eliminate confusion when something is not visible yet data appears in the log.
Removal 06/18/01 The plan-view options for logs, lithology models, stratigraphy models, geochemistry models, and geophysical models have been removed.  We will reinstate them within a few months when we can get them to run properly.
Removal 06/18/01 The 3D LogMap option has been removed.  It's completely redundant with the 3D-Logs option.
Bug Fix 06/18/01 The depth-bar within 2D logs are now offset correctly based on whatever entities are turned on (e.g. left-curve, left-bargraph, etc.).
Bug Fix 06/18/01 The bar graphs within 2D logs are offset correctly if curves are also plotted.
Bug Fix 06/18/01 The solid-fill curves within 2D logs are now plotted and clipped correctly.
Cosmetic 06/17/01 The water-level tab has been removed.  We may restore it and add some functionality to it in the next major update.
Improvement 06/17/01 The log plotting options menu now shows just the variables that are germane to the selected operation.  Examples: The 3D font dialog will appear only for 3D diagrams.  Lithologic description options are only shown for 2D logs.  Fracture options are only shown for 3D logs.
Bug Fix 06/17/01 Boreholes with just one orientation entry are now processed correctly.  The previous version would only treat boreholes with more than one orientation value as inclined or deviated.
Improvement 06/16/01 The geochemistry and geophysics column titles can now be changed by right-clicking on a column title.  As a consequence, the ugly View/Borehole-Manager/Geochem-Track-Names and Geophysical-Track-Names options have been removed.  These track names are automatically stored in a file called "ColTitl.txt" in the project directory and used whenever that directory is designated as the project folder.  This means that all of your column titles will automatically change when switching between projects.
Improvement 06/16/01 It is now possible to specify which direction the 3D logs should face.  For example,  if you expect to plot the diagram such that it will be viewed from the southeast, then set this direction to 135.
Improvement 06/16/01 The Special-Text option has been removed.  Now that the special symbols and patterns have plottable captions, it was deemed redundant.
Improvement 06/16/01 The special symbol and special pattern "Comment" fields have been renamed to "Captions" and these captions are now displayed within the graphic logs.
Improvement 06/16/01 The left and right log grids have been removed.  Instead, the curves and bargraphs now have their own grids and they are plotted separately (e.g. the right curve is no longer plotted in the same column as the right bargraph).
Bug Fix 06/16/01 The 3D-log entities (bar graphs, curves, etc) are now automatically positioned such that nothing plots on top of anything else.
Bug Fix 06/15/01 Downhole data lists that contain only one data point are now plotted.  For example, the previous version would not plotted fracture data if only one fracture was contained in the list.
Bug Fix 06/15/01 Downhole fracture data is now plotted based on geological notation: zero = horizontal, -90 = straight down.
Improvement 06/15/01 The various log component dimensions are now based on the horizontal extents of the map data (the previous version was based on the horizontal and vertical).  This means that the component dimensions are more consistent when dealing with radically different data sets (e.g. a large project area with shallow wells versus a small project area with deep wells).
New Feature 06/15/01 The striplog elog and bargraph menus now include an "automatic" scaling option that will automatically set the minimum and maximum range values to the lowest and highest values within the log files.  This slows the program down, but it's well worth it in terms of brain damage if you're moving between different projects (or tracks) in which the range of values is significantly different.  This automatic scaling is now the default setting for all elogs and bargraphs.
Improvement 06/14/01 The new window that is created by the RockPlot2D/Utilities/Annotate program now appears with the same dimensions and stretch/best-fit setting that was used in the previous incarnation of RockPlot2D from which it was called.  This is useful when annotating exaggerated cross-sections.
New Feature 06/14/01 A new button labeled "Exag" has been added to the RockPlot3D menu.  This button shows the current vertical exaggeration factor (useful for knowing just what you're seeing when the stretch-to-fit option has been selected).  If you click on this button you will be presented with a manual that allows you to manually select the vertical exaggeration factor.
Improvement 06/14/01 The program is no longer case-sensitive when comparing stratigraphic names within the stratigraphy table with stratigraphic unit names within the log files (e.g. "Cretaceous" = "cretaceous" = "CRETACEOUS").
New Feature 06/14/01 The RockPlot3D program can now save the output files in a zipped format.
New MegaFeature 06/13/01 The Strip-Logs menu now contains a menu item called "Hole-to-Hole" section.  This is similar to the hole-to-hole style cross-sections that were plotted in RockWorks99.  We swore that we weren't going to port this program due to the conceptual incompatibilities with deviated wells, but a compromise was reached whereby the well-to-well program forces all logs to be vertical.
Improvement 06/13/01 The Contact Picker program now spaces the logs in proportional to the collar distances.  This is conceptually useful when considering the distance between wells when making correlative picks.
Bug Fix 06/13/01 The Lithology/Fence program no longer issues a message asking the user to specify the directory in which the grid panels reside.
Bug Fix 06/13/01 The Lithology/Profile program no longer bombs if the datasheet is blank.  The previous version erroneously list the data-columns within the main datasheet.
New MegaFeature 06/13/01 The RockPlot3D program now includes buttons for rotating the diagram.  Once these buttons are pressed, the diagram will continue to rotate about the selected axis until the button is pressed again.
Improvement 06/13/01 An "Option" button and an "Exit" button have been added to the Contact Picker program, and the main menu bar has been removed in order to make more room for the log diagram.  Also; hint boxes have been added to all of the buttons.
Bug Fix 06/13/01 The Stratigraphic Model program no longer generates an error if a stratigraphic unit is missing enough data for a given contact.  Instead, the program just skips that formation.
Bug Fix 06/13/01 The Stratigraphic Model program no longer generates an error if the user cancels the dimensioning menu (assuming that it's been turned on) and then tries again to create a model.
Bug Fix 06/13/01 The Contact Picker now properly updates the stratigraphic contacts for the first borehole when the program is terminated.
Uploaded to web site 6/13/01
New MegaFeature 06/11/01 The RockPlot3D program now includes an Export option for creating AVI movies of rotating 3D diagrams.
New MegaFeature 06/11/01 The data editors that are used to manage the downhole data sets (e.g. lithology, stratigraphy, elogs, etc.) now include a command called Edit/Remove Rows that is used to delete a user-specified number of rows from the current data sheet.
Mega New Feature 06/11/01 A new menu item titled "Contact Picker" has been added to the Stratigraphy menu within the Borehole Manager.  This program (which we're very proud of), allows the user to interactively pick stratigraphic contacts from a cross-section of logs (e.g. elogs, lithology logs, etc.).  Note: Deviated and inclined logs will be displayed vertically and all logs tops will be set to an elevation of zero when displayed within the contact picker.
New Feature 06/11/01 The data editors that are used to manage the downhole data sets (e.g. lithology, stratigraphy, elogs, etc.) now include a command called Edit/Increment that will increment depth values at user-specified intervals.  This is useful for entering data at regular intervals.
Bug Fix 06/08/01 The log-axis line in projected sections is now clipped properly.  The previous would not clip any portions of the log axis that extended outside the projection plane.
Uploaded to web site 6/7/01
Improvement 06/06/01 The borehole plotting menu now includes separate 2-D and 3-D font settings for the log title and the depth labels.  The 2-D settings are used for profiles and plan view diagrams while the 3D settings are used for 3-dimensional diagrams.
Improvement 06/06/01 The data editor that is used to edit the lithology and stratigraphy tables no longer warns the user whenever the name of the stratigraphy or lithology tables are being changed.  It was deemed obnoxious.
Improvement 06/06/01 The depth labels within 3D logs are now "grouped" together, resulting in faster plotting speeds and lower memory overhead.
Improvement 06/06/01 The vertical lines within the background grids within 3D logs now extend to the TD of each log.  The previous version would only plot them to the lowest label interval.
Improvement 06/06/01 The automatic depth intervals that are used when creating 3D log background grids and depth labels are now based on the depth range of all the logs, not each individual log.
Improvement 06/06/01 The depth intervals that are used when creating 3D log background grids for elogs and bar-graphs are now based on the intervals that are used for the depth labels.
Improvement 06/06/01 The File/Open command within the data editor (the program used to maintain the stratigraphy table, lithology table, etc), now defaults to the current project directory.
Improvement 06/06/01 An "open" speed-button has been added to the data editor (the program used to maintain the stratigraphy table, lithology table, etc.) button bar.
Improvement 06/06/01 The Stratigraphy/Structural-Elevations/3-Dimensional/All-Surfaces program now creates monochromatic (based on the stratigrahic unit background setting) wire-frame diagrams for each surface.  The previous version would plot each surface as a cold->hot colored solid surface.
Improvement 06/06/01 The Stratigraphy/Structural-Elevations/3-Dimensional/One-Surface program now creates cold->hot colored diagrams.  The previous version would set the entire surface color to the stratigraphic unit background setting.
Improvement 06/04/01 The automatic coordinate range determination that is used when computing the log-based diagrams is no longer based on the x/y coordinates at the well collars.  Instead, this range is based on all downhole points.  This means that the user-defined entity dimensions (e.g. stratigraphic column radius) are no more consistent between data sets.  For example, a 3D well diagram in which all of the wells emanate from a single collar location (e.g. an offshore oil platform).
Improvement 06/02/01 The Util/Images/JPG->BMP and BMP->JPG programs now list both BMP and JPG images within the source-file selection menu.
Improvement 06/02/01 The OpenGL/Images programs no longer require that the user specify the image formats within the menus.  Instead, the programs will prompt the user for permission to convert JPG files to a BMP format.  If the files already have a BMP extension, the programs will not produce any conversion prompts.
Bug Fix 06/02/01 The data editor (pattern library, lithology table, etc.) now prompts the user to save the file if the user exists after only performing a paste, cut, or block delete operation.
Bug Fix 06/01/01 Programs that read downhole bore data no longer bomb if the total depth has been set to zero.
Bug Fix 06/01/01 The borehole manager no longer produces spurious "Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window." error messages when navigating/editing multiple logs.
Improvement 06/01/01 When creating numeric stratigraphic block models, the program now assigns the voxel values to the "G" values that are defined within the stratigraphy table.
Improvement 06/01/01 A new column called "G-Value" has been added to the stratigraphy table.  This value is assigned to voxels when creating stratigraphic block models.  The previous version would assign the relative column number thereby creating great confusion whenever a new stratigraphic unit was inserted between two other units.
Improvement 06/01/01 The data editor that is used to edit the lithology table, stratigraphy table, etc. now contains a "New" speed-button so that the user can start a brand new table without using the pull-down menu.
Improvement 06/01/01 The data editor that is used to edit the lithology table, stratigraphy table, etc. now contains a "New" command so that the user can start a brand new table.  The previous version required that the user use the Save-As command and then delete the previously entered data items.
Improvement 06/01/01 An Erase-Log speed button has been added to the new borehole manager speed button bar.
Improvement 06/01/01 A New-Log speed button has been added to the new borehole manager speed button bar.
Cosmetic 06/01/01 The "Display Files" option has been converted to a toggle-style button and repositioned with the new borehole manager speed button bar.
Improvement 06/01/01 A speed button bar has been added to the left side of the borehole manager screen.
Bug Fix 06/01/01 The File/Erase-Log option now works correctly.  If uses the Windows recycle capability.
Cosmetic 06/01/01 The File/Erase option has been renamed to "Erase Log" to avoid confusion with the datasheet.
Cosmetic 06/10/01 The borehole data tabs do not appear if the project directory does not contain any log files.  Instead, the data tabs will appear once the user has started a new log.
Cosmetic 06/01/01 The status bar, memo, and cancel button have been moved to the base of the main menu.  Also, hint-boxes have been added to these items.
Improvement 06/1/01 The File/New-Log option now automatically sorts the log list after the log name has been specified.
Bug Fix 06/1/01 The RockPlot3D program now properly saves files.  The previous version did not save any of the data.
Improvement 5/31/01 When creating a new log, the program no longer adds the full path and ".bh" extension to the 
Cosmetic 5/31/01 The "File/Open" option has been renamed to "Open Datasheet". This change will help to differentiate it from the idea of opening a log file.
Cosmetic 5/31/01 The "File/New" option has been renamed to "New Datasheet".  This change will help to differentiate if from the "New Log" option.
Cosmetic 5/31/01 The "File/New Project Folder" option has been renamed to "Project Folder".  This change has been made because the option is not limited to creating new folders - it can be used to select a different, pre-existing folder.  It has also been moved above the File/New File option because it should be considered the first consideration when dealing with files.
Improvement 5/31/01 The project directory dialog box is displayed before the main RockWorks menu appears.  This change is designed to reinforce the concept of the project directory and to increase the stability of the program.
Cosmetic 5/31/01 The project directory dialog caption has been changed from "Caption" to "RockWorks Project Directory".
Improvement 5/15/01 The RockWorks2002 Drawdown Surface Modeling program has been significantly enhanced;

- The program no longer computes a surface that is relative to zero. Instead, the program now includes a column in which the user enters the pre-drawdown water elevation for each well. As a result, the surface is positioned at the true elevation. This is significant in light of the next item.

- The three-dimensional output is now generated by RockPlot3D and can therefore be combined with other data sets (e.g. drill holes).

- The surface is now truncated if it extends below the base of the saturated zone. The previous version would plot below the saturated thickness.