Search .gsz files from your desktop

by Nate Hekman on September 17, 2009

I don’t normally talk about new features before they’re released, but today is an exception.  Currently in beta (and a free download), version 7.15 of GeoStudio 2007 will now allow Windows to search within .gsz files.

Update 25 September:  version 7.15 has now been released.  The release can be downloaded from here.

(This feature will only be officially supported on Vista and Windows 7, though there are reports it sort of works on XP and Windows 2000 as well.)

For example, I’ve got some GeoStudio files in my Documents folder on Windows 7.  Rather than finding the name of the file I want, I can search right from the Start button for some words inside the file.

Here I’ve searched for “toe drain”, and (in amongst a bunch of html files) I’ve found two GeoStudio files that have “toe drain” somewhere inside them.

Searching for GeoStudio files on Windows 7

Open one of them up, and we can see “toe drain” appeared in several places:  the file’s comments as well as each analysis’ description.

Windows Search searches the text inside the .gsz file.

In fact, Windows Search will search the author, file comments, analysis names and descriptions, and most other objects you can name (such as materials, boundary conditions, and so on).

If you are using Vista or Windows 7 already, I encourage you to download the beta and try this feature out.  Leave a comment here or email me with any suggestions or problems you run into.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }


farhad 06.19.11 at 12:42 am

Hi Nate, when I save my model on desktop or any where in mm computer , the icon feature do not appear correctly . the created icon color and feature is White page .
Why is this happening?
Thank you


Nate 06.20.11 at 10:34 am

farhad, can you email me? Send me a gsz file that’s showing this behaviour, and also send me a screen capture of your desktop or Windows Explorer so I can see what the icon looks like to you. hekman at geo-slope dot com


farhad 06.22.11 at 2:07 am

your email address?
All of the example that exist in the example file in the website library also has same behavior. for example the Lower San Fernando Dam.gsz file.


Nate 06.22.11 at 8:16 am

What operating system are you using? XP, Vista, Win7, etc?

If you’re seeing that behaviour even with files you didn’t create yourself, that tells me the files themselves are correct, and it’s something about the preview shell extension on your computer. Before emailing me, try uninstalling GeoStudio and re-installing it. In fact to be extra safe, you should uninstall, reboot, re-install the latest version from our web site, reboot again. During the installation, we install a small extension that does the work of displaying the icons, and it appears that somehow got corrupted.

If you’re still seeing the problem after reinstalling, you can email me the screen capture. My address is hekman at geo-slope dot com.


farhad 06.23.11 at 2:02 am

Hi Nate
I email you the screen capture.
My operating system is Windows 7.
thank you


mohsen 09.14.11 at 10:39 pm

Hi dear.
I have a one problem with Geostudio. When i run slope for soil dam i have problem 996 Part of the dam is in contact with water.
I’m sorry my enghlish is low but i need my problem solve.


Nate 09.15.11 at 8:18 am

Hello Mohsen. Error 996 is “Slip surface direction of movement is opposite to specified direction.” In KeyIn Analyses (on the Slip Surface tab) you can select whether you expect the slope to fail from left-to-right or from right-to-left (“Direction of movement”). 996 means the slope is failing the other direction (it’s failing “uphill”).

Go to KeyIn Analyses and see if it’s set the way you would really expect the slope to fail. If the direction is correct, then there may be something else wrong with the data in your analysis; in that case I suggest you send your gsz file to support [at] geo-slope [dot] com and one of our engineers would be happy to help you figure out what it is.


Przemek 06.21.13 at 5:19 am

I had the same problem as Mohsen. I love you


Nate 06.26.13 at 3:54 pm

Przemek, does changing the direction of movement fix the problem?

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