Groundhog is now available as Open Source Software
BGS are releasing Groundhog - including all the capabilities in Groundhog Professional - with an open source licence.
What does this mean for users?
Tools to create conceptual site models are available for free.
Those with active licences can continue with Groundhog Professional and access support from LQM until the end of their licence.
Groundhog - including all the capabilities in Groundhog Professional - can now be put on as many staff machines as is needed, without the need to purchase licences
Will Groundhog continue to be developed?
BGS and LQM are no longer collaborating on any aspect of Groundhog.
BGS may update Groundhog if internal needs require it, but have no intention to create additional functionality for the contaminated land sector.
LQM may explore what is possible now there is an open source licence but in the first instance are focusing on providing training so the sector can benefit from the conceptual site modelling capabilities within Groundhog.
Is support for Groundhog available?
LQM will no longer offer free support, apart from for those with an active Groundhog Professional licence.
There is a full user guide provided with the software.
For those who would like help getting going, LQM are creating an e-training course that can be purchased HERE. Paying for training will be quickly recouped by the reduced staff time needed to use the software.
What is Groundhog useful for?
Groundhog is used to visualise, model and interpret geological and environmental data. Capabilities include:
Generate borehole logs. Borehole logs can be created. Users can create their own templates.
AGS Data. View, import and export AGS data
Maps. Overlay map based information in images or shapefiles. Plot borehole logs, draw lines of cross section
Cross sections. Create cross sections by drawing freehand or based on borehole logs along the line of cross section drawn on the map
Creating conceptual site models. These can be scaled models for smaller sites or more abstract models for larger sites. Sources, contaminants, pathways and receptors can be shown on the plan and cross section views followed by autogeneration of the network diagram to display contaminant linkages.