RockWorks New Features

New in RockWorks2020: Playlists, time-based modeling, interface updates and much more!

All of the modeling and graphic power of RockWorks17 is now offered with an improved interface, easy-to-use Playlist for program automation, time-based modeling and animation, search tools, and many other new features and functionality. Read about it below and/or view the video from for our What’s New Webinar.

New Interface Features

  • New Search option lists the programs that contain your search terms.
  • Favorites Option: Create your own menu list of frequently-used programs
  • Dock/Undock: Arrange main RockWorks program tabs in any configuration.
  • Full-Expand Option: Stretch the main RockWorks menu across multiple screens.
  • Expanded Project Dimensions Summary: View more information at a glance.
  • New Layout Options: Save and retrieve up to 5 different main menu layout configurations.
  • Consolidated Application Menu Ribbon: No more switching between program tabs.
  • Borehole Manager Tab: New features including database comparisons.
  • Playlist Tab: Automate multiple tasks in an interactive fashion.
  • Faults Tab: Redesigned to manage all faults in 3D as a database.
  • Execution History Tab: Review program history to diagnose problems.
  • Videos Tab: Access the entire library of RockWorks instructional videos.
  • Application Descriptions: Read program abstracts as you move your cursor over items within the pull-down menus.

Application Windows

  • Nested Tab Menus: Replace hard-to-read expanding/collapsing menu trees.
  • Expanded Spatial Filtering: Moved to the top of menu and now applied to most applications.
  • Expanded Time Filtering: Moved to the top of menu and now applied to most applications.
  • Instructions Checkbox: Enable/disable help messages.
  • Playlist Button: Add the current application to the Playlist.
  • Favorites Button: Add the current application to your Favorites List.
  • Output Options: Export diagrams and reports directly to the desired output format.

General functionality, Data, Modeling and Display

The new RockWorks Playlist offers easy automation – just click a button to add a program to the current Playlist. Then, click a button to run your Playlist to create models, maps, diagrams while you have lunch. Available for Basic (5 items), Standard (5 items) and Advanced (unlimited items).

The Playlist provides:

  • Turn-key tools for colleagues or clients who need to use RockWorks capabilities without any downtime spent learning how to use it.
  • A memory aid for projects that are infrequently re-visited.• An audit trail to serve as a record of what was done and all of the associated menu settings.
  • Automation of data processing in which new data is being introduced on an ongoing basis (e.g. resampling and monitoring).
  • A template for processing different data sets/sites using a streamlined workflow.

New RockWorks Command Scripting for Advanced users – start with a Playlist and go for it!

Embellishments: To eliminate additional steps in combining and appending diagrams, common embellishments have been added to the programs that create sections, profiles, projected sections, maps, 3D diagrams and charts.

  • Sections, Profiles & Projected Sections – Additional diagram layers include perimeter annotation, surface profiles, faults, infrastructure, up to five 2D graphics overlays, peripheral annotation (titles, title blocks, legends, and image), and a border.
  • Map Embellishments – Additional map layers include a background image, labeled axes, map overlays, up to five additional 2D diagrams, peripheral annotation (titles, title blocks, legends, scalebar, and image), and a border.
  • 3D Diagram Embellishments – Additional 3D layers include striplogs, draped images, floating images, control point spheres, a perimeter cage, legends, 3D infrastructure, 3D faults, and up to five additional 3D diagrams.

Expanded Output Options: 2D, 3D, Google Earth, and Reporting programs now include output and export options that remove post-processing steps and facilitate uninterrupted Playlist scripting.

  • All programs that generate 2D diagrams now include options for simultaneously exporting the output to PDF (as raster images) and/or PNG.
  • New 3D output tab includes options for exporting the diagram to a PNG image using a variety of user-specified viewing parameters.
  • New Google Earth output tab includes options for specifying the initial viewer location and viewing direction.
  • Programs that create reports now provide options for direct output to CSV (Excel), Txt (Notepad) or RTF (Word).

Programs that read data from the Datasheet now include an Example button, which will list one or more sample files that can be used to demonstrate the application.

Fault Handling – Management of faults is accomplished via a database table that is accessed from a new tab within the main menu. These faults can be plotted as 2D maps or 3D surfaces. All modeling (gridding and solid-modeling) and subsequent diagrams based on these models can be constrained by the 3D faults. Available for Basic (3 faults), Standard (3 faults), and Advanced (unlimited faults).

New database comparison tool provides a quick and easy report of the differences between borehole data in different projects. This capability is especially useful when the same database has “diverged” (e.g. multiple users working on the same database without a shared version on a network server).

RockWorks now supports over 5,800 coordinate systems.

Time-Based Modeling

New T-Data Multiple Solids program automatically creates “snapshot” models at designated time intervals which can be constrained by a permeability model and output to a variety of animation programs.

New animation tools have been added for creating videos in which XYZ data, grids, and solids are transitionally “morphed” to show geochemical migrations over time. The output can be saved to AVI, Animated GIF, MP4, WMV, individual frames or exported as a Google Earth animation.

New Automatic Polygon Clipping – All solid modeling programs now include an option for clipping the model based on an automatically-defined convex polygon defined by the control points, analogous to stretching a rubber band around the boreholes.

New Spatial Filtering – All programs that involve coordinates now include a spatial filtering option so that subsets (including zones between surfaces) can be selectively analyzed/modeled.

New Time-based filtering options have been added to the Hydrochemical utilities (i.e. Durov Diagrams, Piper Diagrams, Stiff Diagrams and Stiff Maps) as well as any programs that might include striplogs (in order to filter water levels and/or T-Data).

Striplogs – New PDF Bulk Exporter – All of the boreholes within a database can now be exported in one step to a multi-page PDF (as raster images) file that can serve as a report appendix.