SobekSoft is the result of a long term creative endeavour initially conceived from a Research and Development project
at the École Polytechnique de Montréal. This undertaking was first launched as the Castor project; a joint
university-government-industry collaboration with the intent of producing, validating and implementing a collection
of interactive software programs dedicated to the design of hydroelectric projects.
The second phase of this project, Castorplus, began in 1988 and was mainly oriented towards transferring software
developed on IBM and VAX machines to PC environments. The transfer made it possible to create a new line of integrated
software which included Geotec, Carto, Hydro and Pente. This work further led to the creation of a new graphic interface
as well as the selection of the Oracle relational database to facilitate data integration.
The third phase of this project, appropriately named Castor III (for Informatized, Interactive and Integrated),
began in 1990, and focused on the improvement of existing software in the DOS and OS/2 environments as well as on the
addition of new modules dedicated to the design of hydroelectric projects.
In January of 1994, Sobek Technologies Inc. was created as a spin off of the Castor Project. Its primary goal was to
migrate to the Windows environment all the modules developed during the eight years of the Castor Project. For that
purpose, a new graphic interface, X3D, was developed and Microsoft Office Access was selected as our new database
platform. Software programs developed under this environment have been used in six major hydroelectric projects.
SobekSoft, the newly established subsidiary, now works hand-in-hand with Sobek Technologies to deliver, distribute
and support the most advanced and fully integrated, geotechnical software currently available on the market.