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!’
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). “
Seamless Integration and interaction
Paul Stenhouse, an Independent Structural Geology Consultant has found that with the new tools he can now “… complete several key steps in a typical modelling workflow almost exclusively in Leapfrog. Previously I had to use several different software programs. They should significantly reduce the amount of time lost converting between different software formats and encourage more direct integration and interaction with the structural data.”
Paul noted the most useful features for him are, “Having the tools that allow manual selection and manipulation of datasets and interpolants, such as being able to add selected structural data to an interpolant without snapping to points and making manual modifications using point and interval selections to refine datasets are key. The combination of complex geology and imperfect datasets in exploration and mining make these tools essential for effective implicit modelling.”
Moving the project forward
Howard Baker, Sula Iron and Gold’s Non-Executive Technical Director has used the new tools on the Feronsola Gold Project, located in Koinadugu District in north eastern Sierra Leone. On a prospect-scale, gold mineralisation at Feronsola is known to be hosted by structurally controlled quartz-pyrite shear zones. Sula has collected detailed structural data during drilling which has assisted in the interpretation of what is likely to be a geometrically complex system.
Says Howard Baker, “Leapfrog’s highly advanced structural tools, as well as the ability to rapidly visualise and communicate complex geology, are key to moving our Ferensola Gold project forward.”
Drilling is planned for 2017 to test these newly identified targets and Sula plan to utilise Leapfrog Geo 4.0 further to gain an instant understanding of the projects geological controls as drilling occurs and the structural and geological data is collected.
Form Interpolant – Very illustrative
Users are also getting to grips with the new Form Interpolant that automatically creates surfaces from structural measurements to make structural deformation clearer for better interpretation.
Anthony Reed from MMG has found it particularly useful, “The new Form Interpolant acts like a ‘field’ of probable structure. It’s very illustrative!”
Stereonets are newly introduced to Leapfrog 4.0 and are fundamental to structural geology. They enable the detection of trends and are great for visualising large data sets.
“The Stereonet tool will definitely help us focus on areas with a lower structural confidence rating.”
“Stratigraphic surfaces can be much better constrained and it’s much easier to identify fault offsets, folds and determine their orientations. The stereonets allow me to work with orientation data more quickly and efficiently.”
“The main and very welcome difference is the ability to visualise lineations.”
Visualising structural data in 3D
We’ve had lots of positive feedback on the ability to rapidly visualise structural data in 3D.
“You can more easily analyze the data in 3D and see the patterns defined by the structural data, resulting in a stronger model.”
“Structural surfaces are a great visualisation tool.”
“It’s awesome being able to edit in a fold structure across 20km with only a hand full of polylines and have control of that structure in 3D.”
“The ability to dynamically see in 3D where selected data in the 2D stereonet lies spatially is very powerful.”
If you’d like to share how you are finding 4.0 we’d really like to hear from you. If you haven’t yet tried the new tools we hope this gives you some encouragement.
Follow these 3 simple steps to get started.
- Firstly, watch this 40 minute recorded webinar to see an overview of the structural modelling tools in Leapfrog Geo 4.0.
- Next, we recommend loading your structural data into Leapfrog to start experimenting! The help files in Leapfrog Geo (press F1) are a great resource to assist you with this step.
- Log into My Leapfrog to join the online discussion.