By Tim Schurr

The geological modelling workflow platform has evolved again, allowing you to model more geologies, in so many more ways. Earlier this month we released Leapfrog Geo 1.4, the third iteration of the software since its launch in February this year. The development group in New Zealand has been working full tilt at two key objectives; to extend the flexibility of Geo and to expand its capabilities with new workflows. The result is a new benchmark in usability and modelling workflows that delivers functionality that modelling geologists really need. So what’s new in version 1.4?

On the flexibility front, we’ve added curved polylines, but probably not as you’ve ever seen them. Like all Leapfrog widgets, the curved polyline is really easy to drive. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find some great options for controlling all the components of your linework. For example, you can add structural discs to your curved polyline to control its tangential aspect for surfacing. These discs can vary as much or as little as you need along the length of the line. There are some great controls for batch editing these or any other component of your line. You won’t get lost in space with your polyline, because we’ve fixed curved polylines to the slicer, making adjustment of the splines and nodes simple. If you need to interpret directly onto objects in the scene then structural discs are usually the best way to go, but if it’s a line that you need, then GIS objects have some great ways to project themselves into the place you need them.

Freeform geology in Leapfrog Geo 1.4 with curved polylines

Freeform geology in Leapfrog Geo 1.4 with curved polylines

Continuing on with flexibility, there’s plenty more that’s been creating a buzz in version 1.4. There are several major improvements to drillhole planning and new interpolant options for intrusions (including structural trends for these contact surfaces). Combining lithological drilling columns is incredibly useful for modelling with quicklogged data and we’re thrilled to now have a “copyoption for interpolants, not to mention multi-select for the project tree! In fact every new function we’ve added in this version has come as a result of your input and feedback. Thank you!

Improved workflows make easy work of vein models

Improved workflows make easy work of vein models

The real power of the Leapfrog Geo platform is shown by what we’ve been doing with new workflows. Some great examples are “refined” geological models and “pinchouts” for vein models.  Refined models allow you to chain together parent-and-child models dynamically – which really means you can cut your rock into coarse domains and model the intricate details within a whole new sub-model.

If you’re modelling epithermal veined systems or even deposits with several lenses you must try the new pinchout workflow for vein models. Vein pinchouts are very easy to use, and give you the power to visualise and configure the precise pinchout segments you want for each vein.

Veined solids that thin out at excluded segments

Veined solids that thin out at excluded segments

We’ve also ramped up the flexibility of the veining workflows with several improvements such as thickness evaluations, independent hangingwall and footwall surfacing, editing and exporting options which all adds up to giving you the control you need.

We hope you’ve been enjoying the flow of new functionality, but you can rest assured that we’re far from done yet. You can expect plenty more new workflows and improvements coming to fruition throughout 2014.

So if you’re licensed for Leapfrog Geo, it’s well worthwhile picking up this latest version, or if you’re using something else, there’s never been a better time to make the jump. You can find out more about the latest features and other information by visiting the Leapfrog website.