Our impact on the Geothermal industry

We offer a product suite with modelling capabilities for many industries, including Leapfrog Geothermal for the geothermal energy sector.

Geothermal energy is heat from the earth

Geothermal energy is now being harnessed by regions world-wide as an affordable, clean, and sustainable energy source. The interactive map below shows the geothermal 2017 electrical generating capacities per country:

Data from ThinkGeoenergy. This interactive heat-map was created using the free program OpenSourceMap. 

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A Three Letter Word that Sank a Thousand Mineral Projects

This post was written by Mike O’Brien, Geostatistician Seequent Expert Services (previously ARANZ Geo), based on his experiences working as a consultant on mineral projects

‘AND’ is a logic gate that sneaks up on mineral projects and destroys their value.

‘AND’ is a logical conjunction and, to grossly simplify, it implies the outcome of applying a series of factors in combination is only positive if each of the series of factors is positive. This logic gate controls a lot of things that we do. For example, (Exam passed by Jane) = (Jane goes to school) AND (Jane goes to exam venue) AND (Jane obtained pass mark). All three conditions have to happen for Jane to pass the exam.

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Using curiosity as a business tool

By Claire Mahoney

From the time we can speak, we start asking questions: Why is the sky blue? How big is the ocean? Why do the leaves change colour? Being curious is encouraged and rewarded because it leads to a deeper understanding of the world, which helps us operate and survive better as humans.

Curiosity is part of our company culture and we use it for a lot of different reasons: to build better software, understand user needs and help solve complex industry challenges. Even as we grow as a company, we’re still asking the same questions: What does it look like underground? Can we harness the power of a volcano?

By being curious we’ve created multiple opportunities, solved a host of problems and had some enlightening conversations. Here’s how we apply curiosity in our business.

Curiosity for problem-solving

When we heard back in 2014 that some of our customers were having problems managing their model versions, which was hampering their decision-making and costing money at the operations stage, we saw an opportunity to help out and get curious.

We asked some key questions: How are you managing projects now? How are models shared currently? What other decisions depend on the data? What other problems is this causing?

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The Open Mining Format

By Nicole Doucette

Imagine this: You’re a geologist at a mining company, and you’ve just finished updating your company’s geological model with new drilling results. You now need to pass this model to the mining engineers, so they can redesign a section of the mine. The mining engineers use a different software program than you do though, as it’s an industry standard to use different specialized programs for each part of the mining lifecycle.

However, your software programs are proprietary and not interoperable – meaning they don’t easily share information. They each have a unique file format. Your company has created a custom script to convert from one software to another, so you spend hours running the script and checking the data. You’re wary to run any new software updates, as it could change the file structure and render your script useless. You also have to meticulously check the file to make sure it’s converted correctly – because once the file was corrupted and haul trucks were sent to the wrong location, which was both dangerous and costly.

Instead of being able to focus on your work, you’re losing time every day converting and re-importing files for different programs. Since mining is iterative, you pass files back and forth with other geologists and engineers often. Every time they send you their data, they have to follow this same time-consuming process as well.

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Distance functions as a resource / Confidence classification and drillhole planning tool

By Findlay Craig

The distance function tool in Leapfrog Geo allows you to calculate the distance from a given object or objects within a project, and derive distance buffers – solids whose walls are a set distance from the objects we are interested in.  Although conceptually simple, this tool can be applied to drillhole planning and resource classification to quickly and easily inform and justify our planning, and quantify current and potential reserves.

In the example below, we have an ore body which is partially drilled out; to the south it is poorly constrained and we need to plan an additional drillhole program to gather more information in this area.

Distance functions as a resource blog

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3D geological mapping: From 2D GIS maps to 3D modelling

By Antonio Celis

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Traditionally, geoscientists have translated their field data collection efforts into a digital version of a geological map, which is typically built using GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS). Consequently most companies will have large archives loaded with GIS information from their projects. With more companies now choosing to collect their field data using electronic devices it ultimately results in a large repository of GIS data.

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Leapfrog 4.0 – Unlocking the value of Structural Data

We’d like to share some of the feedback we’ve received so far from users who are benefiting from Leapfrog 4.0’s new structural modelling tools and workflows. We hope this blog gives you the opportunity to compare your experience with others, motivates you to dive into modelling your structural data yourself or just encourages you to experiment!’

Structural Geology

Leapfrog 4.0 is a major release that introduces an entirely new structural data workflow and tools to import and clean structural data, identify patterns and then incorporate this valuable structural knowledge into your models.

“ One thing I really like is the easy and intuitive nature of loading and choosing the data you want to work with.The speed at which you can get an overall trend-will help in determining the general shape of wireframes (it’s fast). “

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Sula Iron & Gold Case Study – use of Leapfrog Geo’s movie function as a key marketing tool

Multi-commodity exploration company Sula Iron and Gold plc have used Leapfrog Geo’s movie function as a key marketing tool in the Ferensola Gold Project, Sierra Leone.

Using the movie function, Sula’s Non-Executive Technical Director, Howard Baker, has produced an impressive presentation to communicate target scale and to lift the project’s profile to the wider investment community.

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