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30-Aug-2019
QEST Platform 4.81


Spectra QEST is pleased to announce the release of QEST Platform 4.81. This release highlights Spectra QEST's ongoing commitment to providing the most comprehensive and up to date construction materials testing product suite to our customers.  


Test Method Updates
The release features updates to many key soil and aggregate test methods used in the Australian marketplace. Spectra QEST maintains the calculations and reporting requirements for tests key to our customers' business utilising a collaborative approach on design and verification of the test worksheets. 

As part of Spectra QEST's agile development methodology, these updated worksheets have been developed in conjunction with key industry stakeholders providing continuous feedback on pre-release versions of the product. This ensures the highest quality and use case coverage of any CMT LIMS product on the market today. 


For a full list of test updates please refer to the release notes. 

New Test Methods
A number of key asphalt test methods have been added in this release, listed below:

Method  Name Revision Year
 AS/NZS 1141.7 Apparent Particle Density of Filler 2014
AS/NZS 1141.17  Voids in Dry Compacted Filler 2014
 Q304A Permeability of Asphalt - Ponding Method 2018
Q322 Gyratory Compaction Curve of Asphalt 2018
Q712 Surface evenness of road surface - three metre straightedge 2018

Please refer to the Spectra QEST website for a full list of supported test methods. 



Additional Performance Improvements

Additional improvements have been made alongside the test method updates and additions in this version of the QEST Platform, some of which are noted below:

Improved Image Handling on Reports
One of the main changes in this version is handling of images attached to test reports, from logos and signatures to photos captured in the field. The range of supported file types has been increased, along with the addition of ability to attach PDF files to report directly from QESTField Tests while retaining the PDF content in its native state. When attaching a PDF to a report in QESTField, if the PDF size exceeds 500kB, the user will be warned that it may take a while to upload the PDF in case they are utilising a mobile data connection. 

Individual reports can now also handle more total image attachments and quality of images that are resized at the point of reporting has been drastically improved.

Other Features and Improvements
Along with the above test methods, the latest QEST Platform release includes a number of other improvements to user experience and functionality. For a full list of additional features please refer to the release notes.


Availability and Purchase
Customers under a valid maintenance agreement are entitled to access to updates to our software. To request an upgrade package please ask your QEST Platform administrator to request an upgrade via our Service Desk Portal.

New customers, please contact the Spectra QEST Sales team to purchase the most comprehensive CMT LIMS package on the market today.



About Spectra QEST
Spectra QEST is a software development and services company specializing in solutions for the construction materials engineering, testing, inspection and production industries. Founded in January 1984, Spectra QEST offers the most comprehensive construction materials quality platform on the market today. With offices located in Adelaide, South Australia, and Sacramento, California, it services customers in North America, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. These customers include leading international construction companies, construction materials and geotechnical engineering companies, construction materials manufacturers, and government bodies.

Spectra QEST’s technology has been honored with an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence (Texas) and an ACEC National Recognition Award for the QESTField product. Also, Spectra QEST was successful in winning Australia’s premier IT industry award, the 2013 iAwards, both at State and National levels, the Business SA 2013 Export Awards, and most recently, the 2015 Impact Awards.

Contact
Stephan Mavrakis, Head of Global Sales, Spectra QEST
P: +61 8 8360 8900 (Intl), +1 888 360 8901 (USA), E: sales@spectraqest.com 


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