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RockWorks 2020.11.30


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


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


New Features

  • The new ModOps | Volume | Time-Based Mass creates a report that lists the change in mass of a contaminant over time, based on a list of solids that represent geochemical models for discrete time intervals.
  • A new option titled "Polygon" has been added to the gridding options menus. This new tool can be used to crop grid models using a polygon based on:
       the control point extents (i.e. a convex hull),
       a polygon table,
       a polygon defined within an RwDat file, or
       a polygon defined within a RockPlot2D file.
  • A new option titled "Launch Program" has been added to the Playlist | Add pull-down menu.
  • The Borehole Operations | Maps | Borehole Map menu now includes an option for using the borehole symbols that are unique to each borehole (as defined within the Borehole Location tab for each borehole) or specifying a uniform symbol for all boreholes.
  • The new ModOps | Grid | Math | Grid Intersections program determines the locations where two grids intersect, such as where a water table intersects the surface topography.
  • The Layout menu offers more automatic stretch, cascade, tile, and horizontal or vertical stack of open documents and windows.
  • The new program titled ModOps | Grid | 3 Grids -> Solid program will create a block model in which the voxel values between two surface model grids are defined by another grid (e.g. a grid representing ore grades).
  • The faults are now included in the Multi-Table import/export (hence in the Archive also), and faults can now be transferred when creating a new project.
  • The new Double Gridding option in the gridding Options | Faulted menu will create more accurate interpolations adjacent to 3D faults.
  • The new Perpendicular Model option in the 3D Log Designer | Fractures menu and Fractures | Solid Model program offers easier display of downhole seismic and radar surveys in which the fracture radius represents the distance to an object (e.g. pilings) and the aperture represents the height of the object.



  • Many Fault improvements, including 2D and 3D faults can be created from RockPlot2D from a line or polyline, you can now convert a 2D fault to a 3D fault, you can import RockWorks17 2D faults into the new RockWorks2020 fault tab.
  • The 2D Fault Map title font size, title spacing, symbol size, and symbol spacing are now specified as a percentage of the Project Size.
  • The grid smoothing and plotting of 3D fault intercepts within 2D maps has been improved.
  • The Playlist drag/drop, delete, paste, and edit options have all been improved.
  • The Filter/Select boreholes, plot of boreholes now shows the entire space based on all the boreholes.
  • The Borehole Manager | Edit | Enable from List allows the user to enable a group of boreholes and then optionally assign a specific symbol to those boreholes.
  • The Borehole Mananger's Edit | Save Enabled List now automatically selects "Format for Import into Other Products" so that the Enable from List program doesn't get confused by fancy formatting. The import is now more forgiving if the wrong option is selected and reports the number of updated boreholes.
  • You can backup all the files in the project folder to a compressed file located outside the current project folder.
  • The Flow Parameters sub-menu that is used by the Grid -> Flow Path Map, 3D Flow Diagram, and Flow Table programs has been re-designed.
  • The 2D Log Designer Depth Bar Tick Mark Width maximum has been increased from 1.0 to 100.0.
  • The ModOps | Volume | Thickness -> GT Grid and Elevations -> GT Grid programs have been significantly re-designed
  • The ModOps | Solid | Filter | Replacement Table program now includes an option for setting the unfiltered nodes to the universal null value (-1.0e27).
  • Five new symbols have been added to the Raster Symbol Library.


Bug Fixes

  • Transfer boreholes from the datasheet to the Borehole Manager database no longer raises an exception.
  • Contouring grids no longer changes the output values in Cell Maps.
  • Striplog Cross Sections now export without error to Google Earth.
  • Sections and Profiles without annotation now export correctly to Google Earth.
  • Exporting DXF files with patterns from RockPlot2D sometimes caused the program to hang.
  • Filling a list of P-Data, I-Data, T-Data, P-Text & I-Text types sorts on the "SortOrder" field. Previously it tried to sort on a non-existent field which raised an exception on SQL Server but not on SQLite.
  • Fault exports will include only enabled faults.
  • Faults are now properly plotted when their intercepts with grid models are projected onto 2D maps (Figure 1). In addition, portions of “blind” faults that lie below a grid surface are now omitted from 2D maps.
  • The ModOps | Grid | Filters | Smooth program no longer attempts to smooth across 3D faults if the "Use Enabled Faults" option is checked.
  • The Minimum and Maximum color designations used for continuously variable circle colors now works correctly.
  • Stratigraphic thickness report was getting lost in an infinite loop if a stratigraphic unit was set to not display in legend.
  • Using the keyboard shortcuts for Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete in a dialog no longer cause an Access Violation error.
  • In linearly-correlated stratigraphy sections, if Stratigraphy was referenced to Collar Elevation, Boreholes were drawn correctly referenced to Collar, but Linear Correlations were referenced to Z Elevation, creating an offset.
  • All Sections, Profiles and Projected Sections now plot underlaid 2D files.


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 November 30, 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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