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TIPS provides a core suite of off-the-shelf software to our SMCRA customers to assist them with the implementation of SMCRA. With this assistance, many state and tribal offices have the ability to use advanced scientific software, without the expensive cost of maintaining their own individual licenses and maintenance agreements. This TIPS service of providing a core suite of software ensures that all SMCRA offices are using the same standard tools to administer the Act. Because these tools are off-the-shelf, they are also the same set of software tools used by much of the mining and reclamation industries. This enables efficient sharing of data among all SMCRA entities.

Through license servers located in two of our offices, TIPS is able to provide licenses to the various OSM, state and tribal locations, right at their desk at considerably reduced cost.

If you are a SMCRA customer and identify a software you would like to use, please contact your TIPS Service Manager, or if there is software you believe SMCRA customers might benefit from, please let us know. TIPS software support teams are always evaluating new and cutting edge software for use by our customers.

Licensing and Administration

TIPS utilizes KeyServer, FlexLM, and Sentinel to manage its software licenses. Regardless of which license management product is in use for individual software, all TIPS software users must install the latest KeyServer Client on their machine prior to installing new software versions. This is a requirement from the TIPS program to allow for adequate collection of license and server usage statistics.

The latest KeyServer Client is always available on the TIPS website, at the software downloads webpage.

If you have any questions regarding KeyServer, FlexLM, or Sentinel, please do not hesitate to contact TIPS for help with these packages:

  • KeyServer, FlexLM and Sentinel: Dawn Pacula at or call (303) 236-2925

Please contact your Service Manager with additional questions.

Computer Requirements

Recommended Minimum System Requirements:

CPU SPEED 1.6 GHz recommended or higher
PROCESSOR Intel Core Duo, Pentium 4 or Xeon Processors
MEMORY/RAM 4 GB recommended or higher
DISPLAY PROPERTIES 24 bit color depth
SCREEN RESOLUTION 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi)
SWAP SPACE Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum.
VIDEO/GRAPHICS ADAPTER 24-bit capable graphics accelerator

An OpenGL 1.3 or higher compliant video card is required, with at least 32 MB of video memory, however 64 MB of video memory or higher is recommended.
NETWORKING HARDWARE Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for some of the License Managers.

USB or DVD-ROM drive may be required to install the application

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