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StrataExplorer is an application suite for subsurface mapping and data management. The program can be used to evaluate contaminants, soil and rock properties, minerals, oil and gas deposits, and oil sands. It is ideal for the environmental, geotechnical, mining, oil sands, and petroleum industries.

StrataExplorer is comprised of a base application and several extension modules. The base application is used as a platform that all of the other modules build upon. The base application consists of the following components:

  • Database Management
  • License Management
  • User Management
  • GIS
  • 3D Display
  • Import/Export

Using the optional extension modules, the program can be used to generate project maps, sample reports, lab analyses reports, boring and well logs, cross-sections, fence diagrams, contour maps, and 3D displays.

All of the samples, wells and borings, cross-sections, contour maps, layers, GIS data, buildings, structures, and excavations entered in a project can be displayed in 3D.

Optional Modules

The following optional extension modules are available:

  • EDMS: Environmental Data Management System
  • WinLoG: Well and Boring Log Module
  • WinFence: Cross-section Module
  • SE-Map: Gridding and Contour Module
  • SE-Structures: Buildings and Excavations Module

Geographic Information System

The geographic information system (GIS) is used as the primary display and selection interface for the application. The GIS is fully integrated with the other modules such as WinLoG, WinFence and SE-Map.

There are two types of basemaps, web map services or static. The GIS stores all of the basemap, project, well, boring, cross-section, and other spatial data for the application.

GIS layers can include satellite images, aerial photos, roads and streets, pipelines, railway lines, flood zones, municipal zoning, terrain, topography, and demographic data.


The base application of StrataExplorer consists of several components that provide functionality to both the base application and extension modules. These components are the database management, license management, user management,3D display, and import/export.

License Management

  • Controls base application and extension module licenses
  • Support for either stand-alone or network licensing

User Management

  • Users are assigned a username, password, and privilege level
  • Different privilege levels are used to control access to progran functions and data
  • Privilege levels are administrator, power user, limited user, and guest

Database Management

  • Used to store, track, and retrieve all the data in the application
  • Automatic backup of databases
  • Projects can have a password assigned
  • Access rights to data can be restricted to specific personnel or by user privilege level
  • An audit trail of all database changes can be created

3D Display

  • 3D display can be used to show and manipulate wells, borings, samples, cross-sections, contour maps, solids, GIS data, buildings and structures in 3 dimensions
  • Industry standard OpenGL is used to generate the display
  • Displays can be panned and zoomed and contain a light source that can be moved
  • The display of samples, wells, borings, cross-sections, contour maps, and solids can be turned off and on
  • GIS data from the project map can be overlain
  • Contour maps can be displayed as a flat surface or draped at the elevation of the grid nodes
  • Solids are automatically generated from strata that have their top and bottoms defined by contour maps
  • Cutouts can be used to selectively remove portions of solids
  • The transparency of contour maps and project GIS overlays


  • Projects can be exported and imported in Access and XML format
  • WinLoG version 4 and WinFence version 2 projects can be exported
  • AGS version 3 and 4 data can be imported and exported
  • LogSleuth and CanStrat data can be imported
  • Boring and well data can be imported and exported to and from gINT version 8 project databases
  • Ontario and Michigan government water well data can be imported

Some of the features of SE-GIS module are:

  • Web map services include Bing Aerial, Bing Roads, Open Street Maps, MapQuest Open Street Maps, MapQuest Open Aerial, USGS Orthoimagery, USGS Elevation, USGS Geology, Canada Atlas, British Bedrock and Geology, British Hydrogeology, European Altitude, European Soil Classification, and Australian Geology.
  • Over 300 predefined static basemaps that cover most countries can be downloaded from Internet.
  • Custom web map services can be added within the program.
  • Projects, well and boring locations, cross-section locations and other spatial can be displayed on a basemap.
  • Basemaps represent the geographic data as a collection of layers.
  • Examples of layers are satellite images, aerial photos, roads, lakes and streams, political boundaries, building footprints, utility lines, and terrain.
  • Project, well, and boring data can be spatially queried, selected, and reported from the basemap.
  • GIS data from the project map can be overlain on 3D displays.
  • A wide variety of spatial data can be imported; such as Shape (SHP), AutoCAD DWG, AutoCAD DXF, CAD DGN, Raster JPG, Raster BMP, Raster GIF, ArcInfo or Surfer ASCII Grid, GPS Exchange, USGS DEM, and SPOT BIL files.

Below are thumbnails showing some of the types of displays that can be obtained using the application and extension modules:


Below are thumbnails showing some of the types of displays that can be obtained using the SE-GIS module:




Bing Aerial
& Contour

Street Maps

Map Quest
Open Street Maps

Map Quest
Open Aerial

First Base



Soil Classification


StrataExplorer requires the following hardware and software to run on your computer:

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • A graphics adapter that supports OpenGL
  • OpenGL 1.2 or higher
  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • At least 20 GB of hard drive space
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