Part of the excitement of having a new program like AbaData 2.0 is that it is changing at a rapid rate, with new functionality and data available on an ongoing basis.

Part of the frustration also happens to be that it is changing at a rapid rate.

The excitement, of course, comes from being able to see what the new program can do and get a glimpse into how in many cases AbaData 2.0 can do the job better than the equivalent task can be done in the Classic AbaData program.

The frustration can come from having a bit of a moving target when describing the features of our new flagship product.  It was recently pointed out to us that the AbaData 2.0 documentation section of our website has a lot of images that no longer match the AbaData 2.0 screens that currently come up throughout the program.  This is somewhat expected, but given that the documentation is only a few months old, it shows how fast things are changing.  Of course we will be going in and updating that documentation to keep it current to what is happening in the program.

We know that our customers have work to do, and they are not going to use the new program until it gives them the information they need.  That’s why we’re improving it daily.  We’re taking the feedback and adding the data and features that our users are telling us they want.

In some cases, users will go in AbaData 2.0 and if they are missing something they need, they will head back to the familiar ground of Classic AbaData.  It may be weeks or months before they go back to AbaData 2.0.  Then they say ‘Oh, I didn’t know this was here.  I didn’t know I could do this.’

It can be hard to find a good way of communicating the changes that are taking place, so we thought we could try and list some of them out here from time to time.

Here are some of the newest things in the AbaData 2.0 universe:

  • The third course (Wells) in our AbaData Academy was released on May 14
  • AGRASID soil data is now accessible through AbaData 2.0 under the Environment layer
  • There is a new layer heading under map display which features:
    • Telus trenches
    • Fortis Boundaries
    • Fortis Lines
    • Fortis Poles
    • Fortis Street Lights
    • Alberta Survey Control Markers are now available under the Surveys layer
    • Crown Mineral Agreements are now available under the Surveys layer
    • The Terrain layer has been expanded to include Native Reserves, Urban Areas and Lakes & Rivers
    • The new Get Directions tool lets you get turn-by-turn driving directions to any legal location, coordinate, well or address and have the route plotted on the map
    • Some points and linework can be exported out of AbaData 2.0 as GIS data that can then be brought into other mapping

The point is, things are moving ahead quickly and we want to continue to encourage all those die-hard Classic AbaData users to log in again and take another look.  If it’s been a while, chances are things have changed from the last time you were in there.

And we think you will like what you see.

AbaData is a premium mapping tool developed by Abacus Datagraphics, Western Canada's leading supplier of maps to the petroleum industry.