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A new version of RockWorks2020 was uploaded to the RockWare website today, with many new features, improvements, and bug fixes. And a new video!


The RockWorks Revision History has a complete list, by date, of all changes in the program.



  • A new button titled "2D & 3D Embellishments" has been added to the "What's New in RockWorks 2020" index. Clicking on this button will display a new video that describes some additional new features within RockWorks 2020.(https://www.screencast.com/t/16pyJx9BJp).


New Features

  • A new tab option titled "Lith/Strat Filter" has been added to the following menus:
    I-Data | Histogram
    I-Data | Statistics
    P-Data | Histogram
    P-Data | Statistics
    T-Data | Histogram
    T-Data | Statistics
  • Reports generated by programs that use the new Lith/Strat Filter option now include summaries of the Lith/Strat Filter settings.
  • Users can now specify the number of sides in RockPlot cylindrical entities (cylinder, cones, disk, etc.) in the Preferences dialog on the RockPlot tab. Fewer sides will make drawing faster and exports smaller. The default setting is 12 with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 24. Changes to this value will affect already created diagrams.
  • The Surface Profile options for sections and profiles now provides for two surfaces (e.g. ground surface and water table).
  • The vertical title position for section and profile annotation can now be manually specified. This is useful when creating multiple sections and profiles in which the title position must be consistent.
  • An option for smoothing the grids has been added to the T-Data | Multiple Solids (TimeMachine) program menu.
  • Added an ability to list the files/entries in the Project Manager.
  • The report labeling options within the Borehole Operations | I-Data | Volumetrics (IDataVolume) and Borehole Operations | T-Data | Volumetrics (TDataVolume) programs now include options for independently specifying the decimals places for the area, g-value, length, mass, and volume results.
  • A new option titled “Format for Readability” has been added to the TXT and RFT sub-menus for programs that create reports. If selected, the output is configured for optimal display using a fixed-width font.
  • The Grid Polygon Clipping program now will take multiple polygons from a RockPlot2D file and apply them to the output grid.
  • The Utilities | 3-D | Perimeter/Wall program (Perimeter3D) now includes an option for plotting a "Cage" around the diagram.
  • Lots of changes to the Histogram programs.
  • "Reset Menu Setting to Defaults" was added to the Settings menu in most program windows. This is similar to the Reset in the main Setup menu except that it applies only to the menu that is open. It opens the project default ini file and updates the menu setting to those values.



  • The "Show Instructions" checkbox that formerly appeared within the sub-menus listed below has been replaced by a small "Show/Hide" +/- button located near the upper-right corner of the sub-dialog.
  • The status of the small +/- buttons (display/show help embedded messages) at the right edge of the following sub-menus is now shared with all other programs: Time Filter , Strat Rules, 2D Log Design, 3D Log Design, Fence Location, Section Location, Profile Location, ProSect Location, and Location Map.
  • In the Playlist you can multi-select items then Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete multiple items at a time.
  • The popup menu that appears when the user right-clicks on the Playlist now includes the Enable All and Disable All options.
  • The number of Playlist items is now shown within the Playlist title.
  • Vertical and diagonal striplog titles within sections and profiles now properly offset the main title.
  • The Solid Voxel Reveal program has been renamed to Solid Reveal and now works with both Isosurfaces and Voxel models.
  • The stand alone Voxel Reveal program now allows users to set the view direction, zoom, vertical exaggeration, background color and other 3D options.
  • The Solid Reveal program now allows the user to activate up to 12 different changes of direction, with or without a bounce.
  • Deletions from the Faults tab will warn the user with a confirmation dialog for both single fault deletes or the Erase Disabled functions.
  • Reminder warnings have been added to the 2D Striplog Section and Stratigraphy Picker menus to avoid using the Hang and Vertical Clipping at the same time.
  • ModOps Solid | Import changed the menu items to ASCII XYZG Import with and without a header. Reworked the imports to handle other delimiters in addition to a space.
  • The RockWorks Graphics | Images | Digitize program has been redesigned.
  • The textual reports produced by the IDataVolume and TDataVolume programs now include the name of the polygon table used for limiting the resource, the density conversion factor, and the stripping ratio type. They have been reformatted for better readability, and the Geologic Resources/Reserves summary has been moved to the bottom of the report to be more consistent with the sequence of filtering.
  • Other reports have also been reformatted for better readability: 
    Borehole Operations: Striplogs | Datasheet - > Borehole Survey, Striplogs | Borehole Survey, P-Data | Create Predictive Model, P-Data | Histograms by Lithology, I-Data | Statistics, T-Data | Statistics, P-Data | Statistics
    Utilities: Stats | Univariate, Survey | XYZ, Planes | Beta Intersections, Stats | XYZ Analysis
    ModOps: Grid | Directional | Trend Surface Report, Grid | Statistics | Stats - Single Grid, Grids | Statistics | Stats - Multiple Grids, Volume | Triangulation Volumetrics, Volume | Ore Grid, Volumetrics | Extract Via Surface Excavation
  • The ModOps | Volumetrics | Extract Via Surface Excavation program now checks to make sure that the surface and the solid models have the same dimensions and issues a meaningful error message if they don’t.
  • You can now import your 2D faults into 3D fault tab (Faults Tab | Import | Fault Table to 3D Faults.
  • On the Fault tab, delete any value in the G-Value field will NULL the field, it will show as a blank, a database NULL value. The frame for importing Faults will now accept a blank value as a null value and not convert it to a '0'.
  • The font dimensions for adding perimeter annotation in Google Earth is no longer shown in scientific notation and the maximum size has been increased to 10,000 meters.
  • The RockPlot2D Annotate Border program now offers the correct options for the type of diagram (maps, sections, diagrams) and has been renamed to Annotate.


Bug Fixes

  • The solid modeling Distance filter now works correctly when modeling lithology using either the Lateral Blending or Lateral Extrusion algorithms.
  • The ModOps | Volumetrics | Extract Via Surface Excavation program now generates a 3D diagram. Unchecking the Report option will now eliminate the report.
  • The Stratigraphy Picker now reads numbers with thousands separators and plots formations below a depth of 1,000.
  • The Manual option within the CSV export program now works correctly.
  • Planes | Polylines to Planes, azimuths can represent strike or dip. Tab renamed to Directionality. 
  • I-Data Volume and T-Data Volume programs no longer generate errors if the Report option is disabled.
  • Utilities - Stats | Ternary Diagram Titles now honor the Peripherals input values. Also applies to the Durov and Stiff diagrams.
  • Fixed DBF import to the Datasheet, plumbing reconnected so import works.
  • Polylines & Images -> Mult. Curved Image Panels, plumbing reconnected so it works. Also Sample file Images_Vertical_Multiple_Curved updated.
  • Polyline & Image -> Single Curved Image Panel, plumbing reconnected so it works. Added an example file to "Polyline & Image -> Single Curved Image Panel".
  • Sections with grid-based surface profiles no longer generate an error if there are duplicate vertex points.
  • Sections through solids no longer generate an error if there are duplicate vertex points.
  • 3D Shape Exports (Stratigraphy, Lithology, Water Levels, Well Construction Fractures, I-Data, T-Data and P-Data) have been moved out of the Ledger Exports due to an incompatibility of the options and purpose. The Shape exports have their own menu items as they did in RW17.
  • Reports that are sent to Text or RTF files now use the designated Manual file name.
  • The Solids to Animation program now scans all included solid models to find one minimum/maximum value set to fit all models in the animation. This prevents the color scheme from changing for each frame.
  • The Solid | Export | ASCII program permits selection of G value decimal places.


We recommend that Network license users install the RockWare Network License Administrator v. 1.15. Contact support at rockware.com for a link to the the latest version.

To download this build, use the Help | Updates | Check for Updates menu inside RockWorks2020. Or visit our website and click on the RockWorks Free Trial tab:
where you can download the installation program and install the new build right over the top of the existing program. (DO NOT uninstall first.)
Note that you will not be able to use this new build of the program if your maintenance has expired before September 3, 2020. Contact RockWare Sales or visit our Customer Portal (https://www.rockware.com/customer/) if you would like to update your maintenance.

Molly Mayfield
RockWare Inc

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