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The Starfix Suite had its beginnings about 1997 with its concepts as a highly modular set of Microsoft windows applications all talking together via Message Manager, and synchronised via the Time subsystem. Once the basic backbone and basic modules were in place, it became much faster to bring new applications online, for much of the functionality such as interfacing, displays, logging, time series plotting etc was already written and proven. Two navigation modules were written due to fundamentally differing requirements. Starfix Nav was written and supported by John Chance as a navigation engine sitting on top of their Gulf of Mexico database - this is what was required for their operations. In Perth Australia, the DOS based PCNav/PCBarge which were in wide use around the Fugro companies was replaced by Starfix Seis - basically a classic line running type application. Adherence to Starfix Suite Compliance - a set of rules etc on how Starfix Suite applications talk to each other - by the software developers also then determined how well all the other applications could be used by either Nav or Seis.