Epsoft appoints Flout Software as TM2014 distributor

Epsoft Computer Services Pty Ltd have appointed Flout Software as an authorised distributor of the Task Manager (TM2014) software product.

Flout Software was formed as a joint venture between Measured Group Pty Ltd and Epsoft Computer Services Pty Ltd with an aim to provide software solutions to the mining industry.

Flout will develop new products such as 1Slate and 1Point, as well as maintaining and distributing existing products such as Log Check and Task Manager (TM2014).

Moving forward, Flout will integrate all the best features of these legacy products into a single unified platform (1Point). In the meantime, Epsoft will continue to develop and maintain TM2014 until such time that all features have been migrated to 1Point.

What does this mean for TM2014 customers?

In the short term, nothing changes. Contact us here at Epsoft for all TM2014 sales and support enquiries. Over time Flout will become your first point of contact as we focus more on development and level 2 support.

If you have any requests or suggestions, now would be a great time to let us know.

What features of TM could you not live without?

What features of TM could be improved?

Using the Folder Settings Wizard

Getting the folder settings right in TM2014 can be tricky, but get it right and you’re life will be a whole lot easier. With the right settings, LAS files can be loaded with a couple of clicks or even automatically, Core Photos and Rehab photos are indexed automatically and right at your finger tips.

In the old TM, the folder structure was hard coded and just worked. However, as TM got out into the wild we discovered not everyone uses the same filing system, and usually for good reason. So with TM2014 we made the folder structure completely configurable but with that came some complexity.

TM folder settings use tokens to define key fields such as Lease_No, Project, Hole_Name etc. TM can then substitute these tokens with information from the logging sheet to help it locate LAS files and photos. You can even configure multiple alternate locations and TM will search all of them until it finds what it’s looking for.

However, getting these settings right is not always easy so we built the Folder Settings Wizard to help. The wizard works by using an existing hole as a reference, you tell it where the LAS files and photos are for that hole and TM figures out the tokens it can use for the setting.

Here’s a step by step guide:

First, load a hole then open a graphic log window and find the Files tab in the bottom section. Then right click on the LASFolder setting and select Folder Settings Wizard

This will bring up the Folder Settings Wizard (shown below) with the LASFolder setting already selected. Any existing setting will be shown along with their interpretation(s).

In this example I already have two alternate values. One token based setting and one direct folder location. The token based folder interprets so a folder that doesn’t exist and is therefore grayed out. The direct folder location does exist and is therefore green but I want to tokenise it.

Click the Browse/Add button and select the folder where the LAS files for this hole actually live. The wizard will tokenise the path and add it to the list. I can then remove the direct folder version from the list.

You can also simply type the path into the box above (using tokens where required) and see the interpretation in the list below as you type.

Do the same for Core Photos and Rehab Photos. The other settings are less important. When you’re done, just click the Save button and Close. You should now be able to load LAS files without having to go hunting for them each time.

Note: In the above example you might be tempted to remove the grayed out option because the folder doesn’t exist. However, while that one might be wrong for this hole, it might be right for another. Other projects might have slightly different folder structures so don’t be too quick to remove them.

If you still can’t get it to work, let us know your folder structure and we can provide appropriate settings that should work for you.

Tip: If you have a Windows Explorer window open on another screen you can always drag and drop LAS files straight onto TM!

Note: When setting up multiple alternate folders, ensure child folders are listed before their parents. TM stops searching (unless “Search all folders” is ticked) when it finds a folder that exists.


Advanced Settings

The Wizard can only go so far, if you have a complex folder structure it might not be smart enough to figure it out. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, it just means it might need that human touch. For example, if your projects are organised into folders by year drilled we can still tokenise that but it will need to be done manually.

Again, if you’re having trouble, let us know…we like a challenge!

Quick way to import/validate survey data

When survey data comes in, it can be tedious copying and pasting coordinates into your drilling sheets. With TM’s new generic table feature you can now open any Excel/CSV file, define the columns and import the data at the touch of a button.

Excel/CSV file to be imported

Opened in TM using Generic Table View

Highlight the data rows, right click and select “Set Data Rows”

Then select each column and Map it to a Coal Log column

Repeat for each column. You don’t have to map every column, just the hole name and the columns you want to compare/import.

Don’t worry, you can save the column mapping for next time!

Validate the data with your existing information. Differences are shown in red.

Import the data

Survey data imported!


TM2014 now fully supports Coal Log V2.0

While TM2014 was one of the first products to support Coal Log V1 we were a little slower adopting V2. This was mainly because most of our clients were perfectly happy on V1 so there wasn’t much incentive to “upgrade”. However we’ve recently started to receive more inquiries for V2 so we figured we’d better do something about it!

The main difference between Coal Log V1 and V2 is the drilling sheets. In V2 the drilling was split into three separate sheets, Drill Details, Drill Depths and Drill Runs. For more information refer to the Coal Log page on ACARP‘s web site.

TM2014 has supported V2 Excel logs (Data Entry Template) for a while but only supported V1 import/export (Coal Log Transfer File) CSV’s and any new logs defaulted to V1. This has now been remedied and TM now fully supports V2.0

Furthermore, if you have a mix of V1 and V2 logs, TM will automatically convert the V1 logs to V2.

So, if you’ve been holding off trying TM2014 due to lack of Coal Log V2 support, you’ve got no excuse now, download a free 30 day trial today!

Also, if you’re considering converting your data to Coal Log, we can help with that too!

Core Photo Renaming Tool

Use our famous Core Photo renaming tool to quickly rename your core photo files with hole name and depths. These can then be displayed in TM alongside your lithology for a visual reference.

Core Photo Renaming/Resizing Tool

Core Photo Renaming/Resizing Tool

Files can also be re-sized so those huge photos taken with 10 megapixel cameras can be shrunk down to a more manageable size.

View Core Photos alongside lithology

View Core Photos alongside lithology

TM2014 Adds Rehab Photo Annotation Tool

To complement our popular Core Photo Renaming Tool, TM2014 now has a Rehab Photo Annotation Tool. Like it’s Core Photo brother, the Rehab Photo Editor is a simple tool which allows you to quickly and easily annotate your photos adding site, project, location date and other information directly onto the photo. When linked to an existing site in TM all the required info is populated automatically so all you have to do is click a button and save the resulting image file.