By Seequent Civil & Environmental Product Manager Pat McLarin

“If you design something based on out of date information, and perhaps order incorrect materials, the impacts could be cost overruns, scheduling hits or expensive machinery sitting unused.”

Was it version 8 or version 9?

Are your engineers working to the latest 3D model published this morning? Or are they about to make an expensive and time-consuming mistake because they didn’t receive the most up to date revision with that one key alteration?

Version management can be just as complex a process as wrestling with data interoperability – and could even carry more risk.

While geology is generally thought to be static, at least during a construction project lifecycle, our understanding of it will change dramatically as a project progresses.  New data will frequently change the design and details of a project, sometimes significantly. It’s vital to know that everyone involved understands there’s a new geological interpretation and is working from the correct one.

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Leapfrog Works model managed in Central

The problem compounds in modern organisations with geographically dispersed teams spanning multiple time zones. The first challenge for the geotechnical or ground engineering discipline is efficiently working through multiple revisions to get to the point of an audited and approved ground model you can stake your reputation on. The second is to publish that in a reliable and accessible way to other teams as a single source of truth. Oh and by the way, you’ll need to do it all again when the next set of ground investigation completes.

As construction progresses, you also need to ensure that whatever you discover can be used to update the model of what’s coming up on the next phase of excavation.

And how can you be confident you have the latest authorized version of the engineering design when that might be produced by another office, or even another company altogether? If you design something based on out of date information, and perhaps order incorrect materials, the impacts could be cost overruns, scheduling hits or expensive machinery sitting unused.

 

Central keeps your Leapfrog model versions accurate and easily updated

To address this challenge we designed Central to easily and accurately keep track of every model published and all the elements that have gone into it. Because Leapfrog models are dynamically linked they are easy to maintain and refine over the lifecycle of a project. Central’s audit trail and full version history lets you manage your experimental models vs approved models, and control access at the right level for different members of the project team.

  • Cloud-based Central project repositories mean your published projects are backed up and available from anywhere in the world, at anytime.
  • Users can collaborate around the central model across companies and geographical locations.
  • Central’s comprehensive project history shows how the model has changed over time. Branch the model then manage updates on different branches.
  • Its visualisation capability lets you step through 3D scenes of the model over time so you can see progress and decisions made.
  • Central works with your organisation’s processes, colour coding the project’s stages to mirror its various phases.
  • Project based permissions give you flexibility of control around who can see which permutation of the model.

Whatever subsurface conditions you are modelling – Central will help you visualise and track how geological interpretations change over time and enable your teams to make confident decisions, when it matters most.

 

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