Target 7.1

February 27, 2009

Update from Target 7.0.1 to Target 7.1

Release Notes

About This Release
System Requirements
New Capabilities
Enhancements and Maintenance Fixes

About this Release

This release includes improvements to Subsurface 3D capabilities, productivity and Esri GIS integration. The release also includes new features for replotting drillholes and importing 3D DXF files. The Geochemistry extension for Target includes a number of new features.

System Requirements

Target supports Windows XP (32 Bit) Windows Vista Business (32 and 64 Bit). See detailed System Requirements

New Capabilities


Subsurface 3D

Working within the subsurface has become easier. Geosoft has added support for additional data formats, streamlined workflows, added new capabilities and centralized all 3D related actions within a single 3D Viewing tool.

New Supported Formats

  • The 3D Isosurface export and import functions enable you to export your 3D Isosurfaces to a 3D DXF file and import 3D DXF files into a 3D map. 3D DXF files may be displayed filled or wireframe. As DXF is supported by most 3D packages, this new capability enables you to easily share data with others.
  • The 3D PDF export now supports text. All of your text, such as drillhole labels, posted assay values and coordinate axes will be displayed on the 3D PDF view.
  • The GEMCOM Data Import supports triangulated surfaces .BT2 files, and block models .BLK files.
  • MineSight Data Import supports all the geometry elements within the MSR file type. These include markers (a set of points), polylines/polygons (connected line segments), or shells (surfaces and solids).

Improved Workflow

  • You will find all of your 3D-visualisation settings, functions, and tools in a single integrated 3D to enlarge The 3D menu has been consolidated to save you time by making it easier for you to get started.
  • You can now control and manipulate the 3D View by accessing the object and layer control tools within the 3D Viewer window.
  • You now have more control to set the background, axis, surround box and label colours for your 3D View.
  • Geosoft has improved the navigation experience by including a 3D orientation compass and a navigation cursor. 3D Viewer Navigation has an improved zoom feature to enable you to quickly go to the location of the cursor, and a series of navigation tips and other useful hints displayed on the status bar for quick reference.
  • Voxels now behave more like grids. Geosoft has made it easier for explorers to quickly access Voxel properties and metadata by adding them to the Project Explorer. As well, clicking on the voxel, will display it within a voxel previewer.

New 3D Capabilities

  • New "Open 3D Viewer" button.  New "Create a new 3D View" menu added to 3D menu.
  • New "Add to 3D" menu (consolidates all items that can be added to 3D view including surfaces, srelief surfaces, voxels, isosurface, 3D symbols, plane grids, plane vectors and drillholes).
  • Hotkeys enable quick selection between panning, zooming and rotating 3D to enlarge
  • Shadow Cursor upgrades include the ability to toggle show/hide the cursor and the cursor location is now shown in the status bar.
  • A Status Bar has been added to the 3D Viewer. The Status bar displays the view's coordinate system, the shadow cursor location, the view's inclination, declination and look-at point (center of rotation).

Enhancing Productivity

The following were designed to improve your workflow and productivity:

  • New quick link to Geosoft colour tablesclick to enlarge and colour files in your working directory. A simple toggle allows you to browse to your project folder to load your ITR or ZON file.
  • New array to database channel capability allows any selected number of array channels to be displayed as regular channels. This is a very efficient way to display a large number of array channels.
  • New profile scaling optionsclick to enlarge: The Profile Views have been updated to provide clearer scaling options for the X and Y axes when changing between lines.
  • New map extents: You now have the ability to interactively define the extents of a new map, using your existing map.  This is designed for creating new maps of targets or creating small scale field maps from regional map views.

GIS Integration

Importing Shapefiles

When importing shapefiles you now have the option to save the coordinates of polyline or polygon entity nodes in a separate database.

Support for ESRI projections

Geosoft now fully supports all ESRI projections and Datum to enlarge When importing ArcGIS shapefile and layer file data to Geosoft Maps and MXD files, explorers can easily reproject using either Geosoft or ESRI transforms. When using ESRI transforms, the dialogs maintain the ESRI look and feel to provide a natural experience.

This new process ensures that when ESRI data types are utilized in the Oasis montaj environment, location accuracy is maintained and the user controls the datum transformation process at each step.  This process is carried though to DAP where the same new reprojection dialogue will allow users to access and control the ESRI datum transformations being applied to downloaded ESRI data formats.

New drillhole features

  • The Replot Holes on Plan/Section option enables you to regenerate your current plan or section maps without eliminating any groups that have been added in, such as interpretations, images, or grids.
  • Importing 3D DXF files into Sections plots the intersection trace of a 3D DXF on the section.

Geochemistry extension

  • Geochemistry classification diagramsclick to enlarge have been added to the Geochemistry system as templates for triplots and scatter plots. The templates have been grouped by category: Lithological Discrimination and Diamond Exploration.
  • The Geochemistry SEMPlot tools have been updated enabling explorers to export "selected" raw or processed data to a new database. Also, you can now modify the symbols and/or colours for multiple samples at one time.

Enhancements and Maintenance Fixes


Target Drillhole Features


Added - Linking between the Scatter plot tool and database 


Added ability to refresh holes group without replotting the entire map


Fixed - importing assay data from XLS spreadsheet the first dialog shows you two options under the Database Table drop down, but there is only one sheet in the XLS


Corrected  ABORT <GEOSTING_SFLASU> <AbortNowThreadSYS> when replotting strip logs, recreating a cross-section


Fixed - Preserving polygons when recreating sections. Copy and pasting groups layers from section to section.


Added ability to view a 3D DXF file in a section view, clipping the DXF extents to the section width - currently the entire DXF is displayed.


Added ability to define multiple section locations using a offset distances and thickness


Fixed - Exporting a map to 3D DXF file - these files cannot be opened in AutoCAD or in GOCAD. Error: "Undefined group code 2 for object on line 1592."


Added ability to preserve geological interpretations (or other added layers) once a section or plan map is regenerated


Added ability to plot the projection of an isosurface onto a drill hole plan or section


Added ability to export isosurface to a 3D DXF.


Fixed - Strip logs you can only plot the scale bar at the start and end of a hole


Fixed - DHLASIMPORT GX DHIMPORTLAS GX: LAS File Import: Negative depth readings are not read in by Geosoft import (correctly)


Fixed - Fence Diagram map - Zoom to full extent and you do not see the proper colour fills


Corrected ABORT <VOXSURF::pLoadVBO> - opening an old project in v7.0


Corrected ABORT <Destr_GEO3D> - displaying/working on a map and importing Excel data


Fixed - Closed polygon export to 3D DXF, re-imports as a polyline group.


Corrected ABORT <CVU_Cell::DrawData> - changing the selected drillhole and changed the name of the hole in the survey, collars and lithology to remove a hyphen


Fixed - Limit on the amount of available space for plotting the Rockcode legends. You can only display 16 rockcode with their respective codes and description  ockcode the legend default to the code only.


Corrected ABORT <sGetSectionLocations_DH> - trying to plot a section map with a profile


Fixed - Plotting multiple profiles on a section map don't get plotted because the group names are overwritten


Fixed - Strip log compositing fails when some data are not plotted in the strip log map.


Fixed -  Cursor disappears when defining a section/plan location on Vista OS


Fixed - Problems when tracing stacked section locations on a plan map


Fixed - OM Drillhole LAS import will not import any data where scientific notation is used.


Fixed - Drillhole LAS import remove/convert null values from data as specified by the null value in the file header.


Fixed - Drillhole LAS import; does not read the both the possible name fields from the LAS header. Should read both Well and UWI.


Fixed - Striplogs. "NUMBER BANDS" text is getting placed behind the Bar Plot legend when plotting an ASSAY channel using a colored Bar Plot with a Zone File.


Fixed - LAS Import dummy value +/-999.25 necessitates search\replace for Geosoft dummy (*), which leads to overwriting of VALID data


Fixed - Import problem with csv files, data start row not recognised in some files


Corrected ABORT <VOXSURF::pLoadVBO> Trying to add Voxel to 3D map, also trying to create isourface, and GoCAD to 3D


Fixed - string classified symbols don't get plotted properly if over 19 characters


Corrected ABORT: <AbortNowThreadSYS> Exception: EXTTOPOENGINE , AbortCode=HAW51M5


Corrected ABORT <sImportGeoXML_IPJ> - Unstable project


Fixed - PlotFenceSection Well elevations are plotting at DH_Top rather than DH_RL


Corrected ABORT: <hHoleSymb_DH> Assertion Failed: attempting to calculate composite of an interval of a drill hole


Corrected ABORT <CPageSurfaces::ChangeSurfaces> - no info


Fixed -  Extend drop down box for string plotting option in 3D Drillhole Data tab, Rock Patterns are off the bottom of the list.


Fixed - DHIMPORTLAS.GX - Importing a LAS file which contains a column that has negative and positive values results in a channel which only contains positive values.


Fixed - Target Databases with a space in the name are not selectable in the Data tabs of DH Plot.


Fixed - Draw Holes on Any Plan doesn't work for my surface geochemistry map.


Fixed - 3D Legend does not work properly for structural data plots


Corrected ABORT: <GetAtt_MVIEW > : Assertion Failed:m:\r701\src\class\mview\grpmview.c:  Creating a fence diagram


Corrected ABORT <sListAllDocuments_GPOBJ> Right-clicked on database in Project Explorer, then "Properties"


Fixed- Weighting channel setting in composite database dialog can't be cleared


Fixed - DXF exported from Target section gives error: Failed to convert the characters on line 12785 of the DXF file S567749EC188-C197_New_SSt Alt Zones into an integer or float value.


Fixed - strip log scale axis does not plot in the correct position


Target core system features


Improved handling of SHP files imported to GDBs


Improved access to colour TBL files in folder and working directory


Added  set output resolution from script as DPI in expmap.gx. 


Corrected ABORT <CGeoProject::sRunContextMenu_GP> during save all on program exit.


Selecting a View does not change in the Map View/Group Manager 


Could not view the Manuals/Tutorials by going to Help >> Manuals/Tutorials if you have Mozilla (Firefox) as you're default browser


Oasis will not run unless ArcGIS hardlock is inserted into the computer. 


Corrected ABORT <sDummy_VV> - running grregter.gx


Corrected  ABORT <sMarkItem_MGROUP>  while adding text to a map


Fixed the exporting a CSV file with a TIME channel, and re-importing the TIME channel from a CSV file


Added option to define X/Y extents of a new map interactively from an existing map


Corrected ABORT <CVU_Cell::OnRButtonDown> when downloading acQuire data and then merging two databases and discarding the changes


Fixed the path stored incorrectly in the "project"


Corrected ABORT <thin2_> when attempting to contour a large grid.


Corrected <CVU_Cell::OnRButtonDown> when importing a GDB created by exporting feature data from Profile analyst.


Fixed adding a 3D DXF to a 3D map. Does not go to the proper surface and/or cannot draw groups from a 3D view onto a surface in a 3D map


Fixed creating section grids from array channels require 3D orientation


Fixed error when gridding voxel: "Run failed because Cannot interpolate data because it is not a function. The X VV either backtracks or repeats."


Corrected ABORT <Check_REF> - Opening a map document with a 3D inversion model.


Corrected ABORT <sTraceCalcDH> when using unsorted assay values


Corrected ABORT <vSmooth2_CONTOUR; thin2_> - Generating contour map. "Unable to locate error message 7638 in the GER files"


Fixed refid error (using nearest interpolation) on a database (with ARRAY data) using a distance channel, those arrays starting with dummies are not copied


Fixed profile.gx error when "smooth line" parameter set to yes: "Cannot interpolate data because it is not a function. The X VV either backtracks or repeats."


Corrected ABORT <sSetVV_ERMXGD> - trying to export map as ecw


Corrected ABORT <Memory Leak. The MP Object was destroyed while not empty>


Fixed 3D tool being too large.  The new 3D tool requires too much screen space and is it not scalable.


Fixed - Warping/geo-referencing a JPEG image produces odd, skinny resulting colour grid


Fixed problem with some colour tables that don't seem to plot properly in 3D Colour Range Symbols


Fixed error - Trying to create a map of the world in lat/long using a Robinson projection, when creating base map get error: "Unable to determine lat/long values for map corners. The range in XY may be greater than the valid range allowed.."


Fixed - Unable to use Import an ASCII Grid with an ASCII file with lines >32767 characters


Fixed - Minimum Curvature in v7.0 doesn't seem to be honoring the Cells to Extended Beyond parameter in the Advance Options in some cases


Fixed Installation - Splash screen appear then disappears and OM doesn't open. OM won't open.


Fixed- Some users with limited computer rights cannot write to certain Geosoft folders, and thus some functions do not work


Fixed error messages on Vista: "Georefresh has encountered a problem and needs to close"


Fixed grid outline issue on some grids


Corrected ABORT <hCreat_GEO3D> - Importing sections into a 3D viewer, one at a time.


Fixed - Colour fill on a complex multi-layer PLY group is changing on its own.


Corrected ABORT: <hCreat_GEO3D> Exception: GEOLIB AbortCode=5B61498 and 3D viewer error message: "Error in function wglMakeCurrent because [Unknown]".


Corrected ABORT <lLineVV_GDBRLN> - Trying to grid data using minimum curvature


Fixed - OM cannot import MapInfo 9 TAB files. Results in the following error message: "MapInfo error opening ".\Oquirrh Surface Samples_MI90.TAB"


Fixed -  Cannot delete a line from a single line GDB. If you select the line and press delete nothing happens.


Improved clarity of required channels on New Projected Coordinate Tool


Fixed - Problems with section extractions from a 3D Voxel, the section grids are not honouring the line ends requested


Fixed- plotting a section containing Layer files (*.lyr) in the Plan View to a PDF the layer files are left out of the PDF


Corrected ABORT <sLongValuetoIndex_ITR> - using gridimg1.gx


Fixed error exporting to TAB: "MITAB Library error for file C:\ Some objects were written outside of the file's predefined bounds. These objects may have invalid coordinates..." Cannot export masked groups to TAB (they appear as unmasked)


Improved error messages when using gridmask.gx, when the ply file is located in a different directory from grid to be masked.


Fixed - problem with the coordinates selected when drawing a Rectangle PLY File on a rotated grid


Fixed - plotting contour control file error: whensuing LEVOPT of -1


Fixed - The curser location in database profiles seems to lag the highlighted row in the database,


Corrected ABORT <sReadLTB> -opened a GPF and tried to cancel the drawing of a 3D map.


Fixed - the Ruler and Protractor tools renamed


Corrected ABORT <FindAndDestroyESRITransparencySlider> in 3D tool


Fixed - Exporting a map group (of polygons) to a PLY file using groupply.gx, polygon offset


Corrected ABORT <sSymbLST_DB> - copy points from one map to another map


Fixed - GDB Profile data is masked in the wrong location


Corrected ABORT <sColorIndex_ITR>  displaying profiles with dummy values


Corrected ABORT <sColorIndex_ITR> - trying to display Profile or Section Colours to an array channel


Fixed - import a large ASCII grid with 5000 X 5000 points: "Too many points at line 3 in the file". Line width (character) limit of 32000


Fixed - Using an import template, importing an XYZ with array data. Replacing a value with dummy, not working


Corrected ABORT <sGetESRIIPJ>


Fixed confusion of "Log" (in rangrid GX) vs "log-linear" (in krigrid)


Corrected ABORT <GENSURF::pLoadVBO> in 3D viewer


Fixed - Toolbar position causes Oasis montaj to freeze


Fixed - USGS grids and projection issue. USGS PC and USGS Unix grid headers should not be modified when the projection is set in Oasis 


Corrected ABORT <Destr_ERMXGD>


Fixed - using gridmask.gx (windowing a grid based on a polygon PLY file) - if the first and last lines of the PLY match exactly, the resulting windowed grid is incorrect


Corrected ABORT <sGeneralFileFormExt_GUI>


Corrected  ABORT <sSetITRPercentiles_DB>


Fixed - 3D DXF import error message: "X and Y extents defined in the Header section of the DXF file are incorrect".


Fixed - Copy/Convert Geosoft Voxel to UBC - output file should not just say UBC MSH, but also MOD


Corrected ABORT <UserMeta::GetGeoLineage> <UserMeta::Create> writing XML files, export ECW


Corrected ABORT <sOpenChange_SMETA>  adding a voxel to a 3D view; attempting to make the existing relief surface transparent


Fixed - voxel math expression error "This voxel must overlap with all other input grids/voxels", but the voxels do overlap


Fixed - Can't run polygeo.gx any longer without an active map


Fixed – Projection dialogue: orange star beside projection drop-down dialogue item should not be there if specifying unknown or geographic (lat/long) projection.


Fixed - Ability to turn on/off the screen door transparency for users with ATI video cards


Corrected ABORT <Free_MP> - running polyregen.gx without an open map, or without running polygen.gx first


Fixed - 7.0.1 - cannot grid separate array channels anymore as textbox is locked on dialog box


Fixed - Exporting selected channels from GDB to CSV, no matter how you organize them, the results are always ordered alphabetically


Fixed - Printing and map display bug - EMF files of text (imported from a Word DOC)


Fixed - math expression won't work in v7.0.1 using the Channel Math tool in some cases


Added ability to create isosurfaces of 3D DXFs, 3D SHPs, 3D datamine files


Fixed - importing a SHP file to current database with script, asks for .gdb instead of just importing to current GDB


Corrected ABORT <sGetInfo_ST>


Fixed - error message: MAPPLOT control file error at line: 20 in file: _basemap.con. Problem with dragging groups from a map made using newmapll.gx 


Fixed - OM 7.0.1 Manuals and Tutorials: Unable to launch PDF manuals and tutorials when IE 7 is set as default web browser.


Corrected ABORT <ReadBlob_MM; [MM] Unable to page virtual memory: The operation completed successfully>


Corrected ABORT <sDatFileFormEx_GUI>


Fixed - Can't run a channel math expression through a script unless the channel has already been created in the database


Fixed – OM Export to 3D PDF, the axis are not exported.


Fixed - Geotiffs created in OM are not displaying correctly in MapInfo


Fixed - Can't import a USGS (*.*) SG grids. Coming in as GRD(USG) instead of SG(USG). Error: "Invalid field value "\nzs_predg.GRD(USG)" in the "Grid name" field. This value must be an Existing File."


Fixed - Change the location of the temporary file directory, but it does not stick. Reverts back to default (or last saved directory path)


Fixed - Exported a map to DXF, opening the DXF in AutoCAD & GOCAD, the DXF is misplaced (in the wrong spot in AutoCAD/GOCAD) in some cases


Corrected ABORT <AbortCode=NHX9M3X - Assertion Failed - m:\r701\src\class\mt\mte.c {765} >


Fixed - Database Profile Panels are having a hard time displaying profiles from channels which contain exponents


Corrected ABORT <CGeoProject::sRunContextMenu_GP>


Fixed - LOOKUP2 GX. Date time lookup functioning incorrectly.


Fixed - search/replace does not work if string value in cell excedes 19 characters


Corrected ABORT <sImportAMIRA_DU> , Assertion Failed, AbortCode=6K1WF6X, attempting to import an AMIRA file.


Fixed - Incorrect Datum and Datum Transform applied to MapInfo TAB files downloaded from DAP server


Fixed -  Ambiguous local datum transforms, two LDTs have the same name.


Fixed - export to DXF Improper table entry name CATRIEL REGULAR, Invalid or incomplete DXF input -- drawing discarded


Fixed - IGRF.GX - "SetFidIncr_VV: Invalid Fiducial Increment" - Error message occurs when running the IGRF correction GX on a GDB.


Fixed - profile panel, highlighted point does not match black box that is centred on fiducial


Fixed - Unable to adjust the Line Thickness parameter when plotting Lat/Long annotations using crosses


Fixed - projection information being read incorrectly for tiff file in some cases


Corrected ABORT <hCreat_SELMON>


Fixed - IMPORTBB i2 file isn't resulting in the right line number in some cases


Corrected ABORT <Free_MP> - TINDB massive data set


Corrected ABORT <sReSurveyEastNorth_DH> 


Corrected ABORT <lRecords_LTB> - When ever attempting to open or create a new project the program crashes


Fixed - Problem when selecting degrees in atan calculation in channel math gui, only calculates in radians


Corrected ABORT <AbortNowThreadSYS m:\r701\src\class\sys\stacksys.c {932} AbortCode=HAW51M5 >


Corrected ABORT <GetLocalParameterName_GS> exporting map to ECW


CorrectedABORT <sLoadGravity_DU> - importing Geosoft RAW format with incorrect DMS parameter


Fixed - changing fill colour of low tick hachure marks


Corrected ABORT <GetRelLocalName_GS> - after exporting 2 contour layers to Mapinfo tab format, then 2 images to ecw format 


Corrected ABORT <UserMeta::LoadIso> - windowed a series of larger grids and this was the 5th ecw export when it crashed.


Fixed - Activating a Data View does NOT make it the active data drawing view.


Fixed - Array channel displayed with array colour sections in the channel cell are not saved.


Added ability to plot a colour legend bar for a voxel


Fixed - Orient an ECW image and use the top left corner as the Reference Point it looks good in 3D. But when you display the image in 2D it’s displayed incorrectly. Inverted and backswords.


Corrected ABORT <sEquivalentPercentile_ST>


Corrected ABORT: <sSmpLoopN_SYS> Assertion Failed : attempting to display a large Voxel (>400MB) in 3D


Corrected ABORT <sThin2D_VV>


Corrected ABORT <GetRotation_3DN> - Ab. prg exit when attempting to rename a 3D group when the 3D viewer is still open.


Corrected ABORT <dDirection_DU> seldir.gx


Fixed - "My Computer" list empty when browsing to locate a file to which the link in the gpf has been lost


Fixed - Automated map sheets not selecting properly in preview when more than 26 columns


Fixed - DXF exported from OM is appearing empty in AutoCAD 2009


Corrected Abort <hCreat_GEO3D> when changing transparency of a grid in a 3D map


Fixed - The wrong projection parameters are getting displayed when creating a new projection using the New Projection Method window. (Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area)


Fixed - When creating a new projection method using Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area as the projection type the transform.csv file is adding Latitude and Longitude of false origin even when values are set to 0.

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