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  Argus Plug-In Extension - PIEs  


 What is the Argus Plug-In Extension (PIE) Technology?
Argus-PIE is an empowering technology which enables users and Developers/VARs of Argus ONE to tailor and extend the Argus technology to their special needs. The Argus-PIE technology is based on Argus Open Numerical Environments' inherent capabilities and allows developers to tap into Argus ONE's powerful tools from external codes. It was developed by Argus to allow developers to easily and quickly offer and market their advanced technologies in numerical modeling, geostatistics, 3D visualization and other areas, to the rapidly growing community of Argus ONE users as well as to their own customers.
Developing and using Argus-PIEs is accomplished without modifying the Argus ONE, which is an "Off-the-shelf" application, but rather by programming small C, C++ or Fortran functions (Visual Basic, Delphi and JAVA APIs will follow), linking them as DLLs/Shared-Libraries, and dropping them into a special directory from which they are seamlessly linked to Argus ONE.
These Plug-ins can be distributed and immediately used by any user of the Argus ONE. If you developed a PIE you want to contribute to the community of Argus ONE users please send it to us with an appropriate description and we shall post it on the Argus ONE web site.

 What kind of products are available to you as PIEs?

A wide choice of Plug-In Extension (PIEs) products which include:
  • Fully interfaced and automated numerical models for ground water modeling
    such as MODFLOW, MT3D, MOC3D, SUTRA, HST3D, PTC.
  • Geostatistical PIEs such as interpolation, kriging and neural-networks.
  • Conversion PIEs such as unit conversions and coordinate transformation.
  • Automatic meshing PIEs
  • File format conversions
  • Scientific visualization packages
  • Mathematical and numerical libraries
  • Many additional utilities
  • Your own custom developed PIEs


 Available PIEs
Utility PIEs
To read more and download click the link:
SRI Geostatistics PIEs
  • Nearest Neighbor Interpolator PIE (by SRI, bundled with all packages)
  • Artificial Neural Network Interpolator PIE (by SRI, bundled with all packages)
  • Kriging Interpolator PIE (by SRI, bundled with all packages)

For details visit SRI page

Ground Water Models PIEs


 Who is developing PIEs?

PIEs can be developed by every one. The PIE technology is comprised of an Application Programming Interface (API) to the Argus Open Numerical Environments which is made available with the PIE Development Kit (PDK). Some of the PIEs are developed by commercial companies. Others are placed in the public domain by Argus, organizations such as the USGS and universities.

 Why are PIEs free or inexpensive?

PIEs for Argus ONE are much less expensive (or free of charge) than other packages because the PIE developer draws on the strength of the Argus ONE system and does not have to develop, like other model developers, a full GIS and modeling environment for each model.

 Where do you gain most by using Argus ONE and the available PIEs?

  • You invest once in purchasing the Argus ONE package and can subsequently use many models which are fully interfaced to it, at a fraction of the price you would have to invest in purchasing a different system for each model.
  • You have to essentially master only one system since all models interfaced using the PIE technology use the same Argus ONE user interface, GIS system, visualization tools and concepts.
  • Since all PIEs use the Argus ONE data structures, you can share your data between different models. For instance you can run SUTRA on a data structure prepared for MODFLOW and vise a versa.


 Where can I find information about developing a PIE?

The PIE Development Kit (PDK) which includes the PIE technical notes and examples can be ordered from Argus or downloaded from:

 What is the Argus Partner Developers Program (APDP)?

The Partner Developers Program (PDP) offers many benefits such as training, free developer support time, contacts with other developers, and co-marketing opportunities.

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