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Survey Office Data Management goes to Testing

By Mark | April 13, 2011

We have released our Survey Office data management software to beta testing with existing clients. We expect to continue to add features and optimize the software for several months, after which the software will be released to Microsoft Codeplex as open source. Licensing information will be available at that time.

The software currently uses a Microsoft Access database, but we have been asked for support for SQL Server as well and intend to include that (although possibly not by the time we release the source code to Codeplex).

Topics: Civil-Survey, Office Management, Open Source | 1 Comment »


By Mark | March 16, 2011

Our OpenKogo software for high accuracy civil/survey software will be released toward the end of 2011. It builds on our high accuracy library’s, which are currently in Beta testing and will be released as open-source well before the OpenKogo software. Once beta testing is completed, the source code will be released to Codeplex.


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Civil/Survey High Precision Mathematics Library

By Mark | February 18, 2011

Our high precision mathematics library has been released to existing clients who which to Beta test the new software. Not all optimizations are yet in place, especially regarding trigonometric iterations but these will be completed within the next few months.

This library will be released to Microsoft’s Codeplex as open source once Beta testing has been completed and documentation is completed. Also included as open source will be the unit testing software.

This library is fundamental to the OpenKogo software, but can also be used on its own.

Licensing information will be made available at the time the software is moved to Microsoft’s Codeplex website.

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Reception Assistance goes to Beta Testing

By Mark | December 27, 2010

Our Reception Assistance software is now with clients for beta testing. We expect this to take several months, after which the source code will be released to Microsoft’s Codeplex website as open source. The licensing criteria will also be released at that time.

At this point in time the Reception Assistance software uses XML data sources, but will be upgraded to support SQL Server, MS Access, plus possibly MySql.

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About Tinkerboltz

By Mark | June 14, 2010

Welcome to the Tinkerboltz website. We specialize in engineering and survey related software, and our recent commitment has been to release our software as open source projects. In many cases this requires completely updating the data, the software, and migrating our clients existing files into the new format.

We wish to thank Microsoft for their Bizspark program, which has made it possible to use their newest software environments for development. Without these new tools, the software and data migration would have been too costly to undertake. Some of our projects are re-writes of code that is now over a decade old, written in various languages such as Pascal, C, and C++. All new code is written entirely using Microsoft C# using Visual Studio 2010.

As we release our various projects in late 2010 and 2011, they will be posted at the Microsoft open source website (Codeplex). Our clients will be able to access the newest project versions from within Codeplex.

As always, we thank our existing clients for their input and continued support of our software.

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Radar Chart Example

By Mark | June 1, 2010

One small project we had been requested for was to create a radar-chart for taste test data. This project is intended only as sample code to demonstrate use of graphics, dynamic data updates, chart printing, and the use of tooltips and markers. Each data node on the chart provides a tooltip showing the base data information.

This project was written using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, and .Net version 2.

This project is open source.

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Airport Noise Analysis Contours

By Mark | April 28, 2010

We are looking for feedback regarding a potential new project to generate airport noise analysis contours based on Transport Canada data values (or potentially other systems). The resulting map would be similar to a normal contour map, but would reflect an annoyance value based on location and distance from an airport and the type of traffic typical to the runways. Tinkerboltz would most likely release the project as open source, as an add-on to our openKogo project, written in C# for Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. The database would conform to open XML standards.

If you have any thoughts regarding such a project, please feel free to email to “support” at

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By Mark | April 19, 2010

This is an open source project of substantial size, written entirely in C#. It builds on our enhanced civil/survey mathematics project to provide common computations.

The database is entirely in XML, and conforms to the data specifications. Unlike many projects which simply provide an import/export mechanism, openKogo is based entirely on the LandXML specifications.

The project will be able to synchronize updates between the various applications, and Tinkerboltz Technologies will be releasing a Windows Phone 7 based client. This would permit engineers and field crews to update their database information on the phone with the office databases, greatly increasing the overall efficiency.

As with all open source software, it is free to use, free to change, free to distribute, and free for employee use at home. This provides a great deal of flexibility, and a strong future. Your data conforms to a well described format and is not proprietary in nature. In other words, we don’t own your data; you do.

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Survey Office Data Management

By Mark | April 4, 2010

This project is another of our open source projects, based on a previously released application. That applications used a proprietary data format, and was written in Pascal and C. It is being completely rewritten in Microsoft’s C# language using Visual Studio 2010, and will be released on Microsoft’s Codeplex website.

The project provides extensive land development management tools to associate and locate specific survey information quickly, even when used in several projects.

Since the project is open source, it is free to use, free to distribute, and free to modify. There are no charges based on the number of employees using the software, and employees are free to use the software at home.

The software will operate on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and 7, with primary focus on Windows 7 and the most current development environment provided by Microsoft.

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Resolving Duplicate Icons

By Mark | March 22, 2010

This open source project provides software for clearing duplicated icons from the Windows 7 or Vista program menu’s, sometimes left behind by applications that are not quite Windows 7 or Vista compliant.

The code will be available from Microsoft’s Codeplex in early summer of 2010.

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