is Snowpro Plus+?
Plus+ is the newest version
of our Snow Profile Software.
Plus+ is designed to
provide high quality plots of Snow Cover Profile information according
to the International Classification for Seasonal Snow on the Ground
(ICSI). Snowpro was developed in
conjunction with the
Snow Avalanche Programs
of the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Highways in Victoria,
Columbia, Canada. It incorporates a method for plotting results of
hardness measurements, the shovel shear test described in the National
Research Council of Canada, and Canadian Avalanche Association
(2007) and also the Rutshblock system advocated by researchers at the
of Calgary (Jamieson and Johnston, 1992). Other
Shear Tests include Shear-frame, Deep Tap, Extended Column
and Propagation Saw. Layer hardness can be plotted
according to a system that approximates a ram profile. Snow and Shear
Layers can be tagged with a "Nickname" to track layers over progressive
profiles. The save format is based on CAAML XML allowing easy
data interchange with other related applications.
Plus+ is the latest
version of the Snowpro snow cover profile software designed and built
Gasman Industries Ltd. Snowpro Plus+ was in development for two years
and has been sold to the ski and avalanche industry since December 1999
(Under the name Snowpro 2000). It incorporates many new features requested
by users of the previous version Snowpro 2.1.
Snowpro Plus+ version, written
for Windows 2000/XP/Vista, has a new user interface that uses
technology to place profile objects such as snow temperature points,
from symbols, and hardness layers on the graph. The user is able to
move these objects anywhere on the graph. Dynamic location information
is displayed to assist the user in placement of the graph objects. Each
object on the graph can be queried easily for its location and values
special functions by simply placing the mouse cursor over the object.
data can also be directly entered on the graph in appropriate fields.
graph fonts, line sizes and object colours are user settable. Printing
has been enhanced to give the user total control over the sizing and
of the printed profile. Graphs can be scaled to print on a
page regardless of snowpack height. Included is a graph export option
allows you to create bitmap files suitable for the internet allowing
based data exchange. High quality PDF profile graphs can be created with the free add-on print driver from PrimoPDF.
Plus+ is able to read
all profiles created under Snowpro versions 1.6 to 2.1 and 2000, and
Plus+ versions to R2009.7.22B
Snowpro Plus+ is sold on an Annual
Subscription basis. Click here for
next section describes many of
the new features.
New in Snowpro Plus+
Click here for current release
new features and fixes.
- 4 New Layer Tests: Shear Frame,
Deep Tap, Extended Column, and Propagation Saw Tests (Oct 2009)
- Persistant Layer Nicknames (Oct 2009)
- Updated Grainforms to
2009 Standards - Version now uses the symbol fonts from ICSI organization
- Updated saved values to Canadian
Avalanche Assocation Dec 2007 OGRS Standard
- New save format (*.prx) files now
XML CAAML Format.
- Import/Export compatible with Avert
Online Snow Science Systems which is a product to manage your avalanche data and your backcountry business
- Automatic update of new releases
- Updated installer support for Windows 7 (Oct 2009)
user interface: now uses Tool Bars with drag and drop functionality
fields can are directly entered on the graph except for Shear Test
still supports forms for entering all non-weather data items.
Weather is entered directly on graph.
Ramsonde calculations (Reduce) are now done in table entry form
information on any profile object by placing mouse cursor over it
(i.e. layer height, temperatures, crystal form names)
temperature, hardness, and stress scales are user settable
for 15 metres snow packs (Up from 8 metres)
for Fist, Pencil etc. now has plus and minus graduation modifiers
- Log of
profile session reports errors and allows user entry
colours, and line sizes are user settable
- Graph can
be scaled to fit on one printed page no matter what size
Fonts, Line thickness on printer graph are user settable
graphs can be loaded at once and shown on screen at one time
reports for Snow, Shear, Ram layers, and comments data can now be
- New snow
layer slope field (used in calculating shear stress)
export image files in JPEG and BMP formats that allow you to use graph
in word processing documents, Internet sites etc.
export file in XML format. Allows easy import of profile data into your
database or spreadsheet apps.
- Snow Load
- All items
on graph can be hidden in groups on Graph Properties Menu
error handling added to system
support for Compression Shear Test
Rewritten User Manual
sensitive Online Help redeveloped
hundreds of little improvements...
- HTML Help Support
- The Fist Hand
Hardness and Dry
Water Content symbols can not be displayed as a dot instead of blank
for updated list of features
Snowpro Plus+ Includes
- Flag checklist for identifying unstable
quality printing of industry standard
Snow Cover Profiles
on International Snow Classifications
Symbols and Snow Cover Profile Format
32 bit application supported on Microsoft®
9 Categories of Grain Shape Classifications
(over 40 symbols)
Grain Shape Sub-classes
each Snow Layer Equivalent Water
Water Equivalent (HSW) of Snow
Snow Pack Average Density
Snow Layers cumulative shear
stress and layer stress
Notational Symbols from the NRCC
& CAA guidelines
profile graphs and textual data
from Shear, Snow, and Ram Layers
MDI interface allowing multiple
profile graphs to be viewed at a time and
arranging, tiling, cascading,
and sizing of each profile graph
entry fields on main screen can be
entered directly on field
display objects on the graph screen
are drag and drop from toolbar and allow you to drag to new locations.
hardness can be based either Ramsonde
or Hand Methods
(entry screens) buttons can be
placed at top, bottom, or hidden
Ram Hardness entry supporting
calculations of Ram Hardness
lines, and colours are user
control over printed output
objects colours are user settable
Multiple Languages (We supply
User Manuals and help in English only)
graphs to bitmap files and PDF (with free add-in from PrimoPDF)
reporting on entry screens for
Shear, Snow, and Ram layers
Layer Slopes allow separate slope
for each layer to be recorded
of Cumumulative Shear Stress
based on either surface or layer slopes
Snowpro Plus+ Easy to Use?
Plus+ uses the
full Microsoft ® Windows graphical
interfaces and is designed with you in mind. This powerful package
you with a tremendously flexible tool that allows you to easily plot
quality Snow Cover Profile graphs. The current version has been
based on fifteen years of field use to be even easier to use and quicker
build a profile graph.
are selected using either symbol or textual labels and can be dropped
the profile by dragging from a pallette. Layers can be entered from
the ground up or surface down, and in any order. The profile graph is
shown and updated as changes are made by you. Printing the profile
to your Windows printer takes only two mouse clicks.
is used world wide by:
- Heli-Ski Operations
- Back Country Guides
and Forestry Companies
- and hopefully your organization!!
Plus+ has been designed
with the following system requirements:
computer supporting Microsoft ®
Windows tm 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7
- Internet Connection (Must be available at least once every 15 days while Snowpro is running to validate the subscription)
mouse or other pointing device
- Any current monitor
megabytes disk space for program, plus
additional space for saved profiles.
Plus+ customer support
is provided by Gasman Industries
is accompanied with Technical Support during the subscription period
which includes a Web support problem form, Email, Phone and Mail support. A
detailed User Manual (Adobe PDF Format) and On-line
file are included with the software.
for details on the Annual Support Program.
page last updated 2009/10/20.