System Requirements

Updated April 2015

Desktop Systems

How are you using GeoTime?

The system requirements and recommendations for GeoTime depend greatly on the type of work being done with the software. GeoTime is increasingly used to analyze very large amounts of data. Some workflows that involve these data sources may require higher-performance hardware in order to ensure the best GeoTime experience.

GeoTime produces an interactive 3D picture of the data that you import. To allow users to interact with the data, GeoTime must keep all of that data in memory. Each time the "picture" is moved or changed, GeoTime has to redraw it. As the amount of data displayed with GeoTime increases, the more demand is put on the workstation to quickly redraw the picture every time it is changed. As a result, a machine that meets the minimum requirements to run GeoTime cannot support the resource demands caused by larger workloads. It is possible in some cases to reach a practical functional limit where GeoTime ceases to respond to commands in a reasonable time-frame.

Consider how your organization intends to use GeoTime prior to installation. A workstation configured to run only office applications and Internet browsers may have difficulty using GeoTime with larger data sets.

Which Requirement is Right for You?

The table below provides guidelines for three workstation configurations. Each configuration describes our recommendations for consistent performance at that level.

IMPORTANT:These guidelines are intended to help you determine the required performance level of your workstations. This involves the amount of data that will be typically used with GeoTime by your users. We describe this data in terms of "rows" in a spreadsheet that can be simultaneously loaded into GeoTime. These are just estimates!

Typically, each "row" in a spreadsheet becomes a single Event in GeoTime. If you are performing cell site analysis, each cellular tower that is imported also counts as a "row." If you have 4000 towers, and 4000 call Events, there are 8000 objects that GeoTime must manage. Due to the number of variables involved, Uncharted Software Inc. DOES NOT guarantee that performance will match or exceed the following estimates.

  • Minimum: describes a workstation that can handle small amounts of data in GeoTime. (less than 10K rows)
  • Better: describes a mid-range workstation that is capable of handling larger amounts of data, but not the largest data sets. (up to 75K rows)
  • Best: a workstation capable of pushing GeoTime to its functional limits, with potentially hundreds of thousands of loaded Events. (more than 75K rows)
Workstation Component Minimum Better Best
Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7, or Windows 8/8.1 (32 or 64 bit).

Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1
(32 or 64 bit)

Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 (64 bit)
Processor/CPU 1.6 GHz Intel Core i3 processor or equivalent(2 cores) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor or equivalent(4 cores) 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processor or equivalent(4 or 8 cores)
System RAM 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended.
Graphics Processor (GPU)

Hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics processor, with latest driver.

Integrated Intel HD or Iris 4000/5000series chipsets (or newer) are supported. Older Intel chipsets, such as the GMA series, are not supported.

512 MB NVIDIA- or AMD-based OpenGL graphics card, with latest driver. 1 GB NVIDIA- or AMD-based, high-performance OpenGL graphics card, with latest driver.
GRAPHICS NOTES:There are many manufacturers of graphics cards that use these chipsets. While GeoTime supports most cards that use these chipsets, it is impossible to test every possible hardware and driver combination.

Due to inherent graphics processing limitations with Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) in Windows, Uncharted Software Inc. does NOT support use of GeoTime via RDC, and some features may work improperly or be disabled if GeoTime is used over RDC.
Hard Disk

1 GB of uncompressed hard disk space

An additional 15 GB is required for the GeoTime Offline Map Pack™ (if applicable).

Web Browser(for Documentation) Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher, or Google Chrome, installed as the default browser.
Monitor Resolution

1280 x 720 or better

(1920 x 1200 or comparable widescreen resolution is recommended.)

Microsoft .NET Framework

(if using Excel or ArcGIS plug-ins)

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 or later (for Excel and ArcGIS 9.3)


Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 (for ArcGIS 10) or v3.5 SP1 (for ArcGIS 10.1 and up).

Map Provider

GeoTime does not include map data, but relies on a map provider to supply that data. The map provider must be one of the following sources:

  • Esri ArcGIS (Using the ArcMap add-in)
  • Esri TOC (when using 32-bit GeoTime only)
  • Web Map Service (or WMS; requires Internet access)
  • GeoTime Offline Map Pack™ (available as a separate purchase)

For tasks such as large data analysis, animation, and video capture, Uncharted recommends ArcGIS or the GeoTime Offline Map Pack for best performance.

To use GeoTime Plug-Ins or Extensions:

Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, or 2013 (for the Excel plug-in). 

Esri ArcGIS Desktop 9.3, 10, 10.1, 10.2+ (For the ArcMap plug-in)

License Server Systems

GeoTime license servers must have a Windows-based operating system, and may be virtual machines. They must have a unique host name and MAC address for licensing.

Due to potential port conflicts, we do not recommend installing the GeoTime license server software on a server that is currently handling Autodesk licensing.