By Seequent Product Manager, Pat McLarin

Collaboration is key in the success of any ground engineering or environmental services project.

However, while the teams involved may be keen to share their data, ideas and detailed designs with others on the site, the software they are using may have different ideas.

Human collaboration can be tripped up by the difficulty of getting different data formats to work together. That shouldn’t be the case, though it’s not hard to see why it happens.

Every stage of a project’s workflow requires its own software package. Ground investigations, topological surveys, GIS, engineering designs, geological and geotechnical models will all have their own variations as each specialist area has its own particular outcome to achieve. That will shape the data format, leading, inevitably, to many of those formats being incompatible.

This can make progressing from step to step difficult, costly and frustrating. Technical experts can waste valuable time manipulating data – sometimes manually, sometimes through multiple software packages – and risk losing key information along the way.
Leapfrog Works CPT data

Leapfrog turns diverse formats into friends

Leapfrog Works aims to break down these barriers to data interoperability by supporting industry standard formats and focusing on end-to-end workflow, not just modelling.

We know our users need to model directly from a wide range of ground investigation types, including borehole logs, well screens and cone penetration tests (CPTs). These often disparate data types are stored and managed in ground investigation databases. Leapfrog Works offers direct support of ground investigation data standards like the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) and widely used ground investigation databases like gINT from Bentley, so that they can model directly from the source.

We also know that our users need to advise on how their interpretation of the geology might impact the proposed engineering solutions on a project, so at the same time Leapfrog Works also supports standard engineering design formats such as Drawing eXchange (DXF) and AutoCAD Drawing (DWG) from Autodesk, as well as Building Information Modelling (BIM) designs.

This means that detailed motorway earthworks, bridge, dam, tunnel and building foundation designs can be bought into the context of the ground model and the interactions between them can be visualised by everyone on the project.

View, one of our latest applications, even enables them to be shared directly, with everyone involved, via a simple web browser and no extra software.

So for example, before Leapfrog brought in AGS data and gINT support, users could have wasted important time setting up macros to pull multiple Excel outputs together, and stitch them into the right format to produce the borehole database. You can still do that with simply formatted text, ascii or csv files, but now we also read the format they get from their subcontractors and clients directly.

We are told by our users that’s a massive interoperability pain point smoothly and effectively dealt with.

Speaking of interoperability, we’ve got some things planned for the next release of Leapfrog Works… Watch this space!

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