By their very nature engineering and environmental projects bring together multi-disciplinary teams who need to collaborate and communicate. but this is often thwarted by interoperability issues with specialist software. Experts who want to spend their time understanding and interpreting data, instead waste precious time manipulating software, their valuable skills lost on something that should actually be helping, not hindering.

From its inception, our aim has been for Leapfrog Works to enable smoother workflows, and interoperability with specialist civil engineering and environmental solutions. This latest release, Works 2.2, makes more inroads into achieving this and sets Leapfrog Works apart as not only a leader in the field of understanding subsurface constraints but also in making sure this essential information is available to all disciplines.

Seequent’s Civil and Environmental Product Manager, Pat McLarin, says “Leapfrog Works 2.2 tackles the problems of workflow head on. Works is all about allowing specialists to collaborate on the ultimate success of a ground engineering or environmental services project. Getting different data formats to work together is critical, where each stage might have its own software package that meets the needs of the specialist area it’s designed for, but not necessarily designed to flow with the next step. This makes progress onerous, costly and often frustrating.”

“As with all our releases, we’ve developed the features which are important to our customers, with the continuous aim of creating smoother, and more seamless workflows.”

More interoperability with BIM and CAD software

Leapfrog Works 2.2 focuses on further smoothing interoperability with BIM and CAD engineering software with additional import and export functionality. Supporting essential industry standard formats like the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) and widely used databases such as gINT from Bentley, helps to break down barriers to interoperability. Works also supports standard engineering design formats like Drawing eXchange (DXF) , AutoCAD Drawing (DWG) from Autodesk and Microstations Drawing (DGN) format from Bentley and the BIM standard IFC format for sharing geological surfaces and borehole data. Increasing the interoperability with BIM and CAD engineering software means it’s now easier for essential ground engineering information to be available throughout the life of the project.

Designing in the context of the ground model

Designs for engineering projects can be brought into the context of the Leapfrog Works ground model, so everyone involved in a project, whether it’s a tunnel, foundations, motorway earthworks, a bridge or a dam, can visualise the effects of ground conditions in the compelling and clear 3D environment. And using Leapfrog’s web application, View, anyone, even those without Leapfrog Works software, can review key project views and interact with the model for rapid and effective communication.

User defined attributes

Works 2.2 puts even more power in the hand of the users, allowing them to add their own user defined attributes to the ground model. Users can now also export 3D geological interpretations in IFC, DXF, DWG and DGN and take advantage of new single-action surface extraction tools that avoid the hassle and clutter of extensive mesh clipping and once again, allow for the easy export to design, layout or geotechnical software.

Split views and more

The latest release further improves 3D visualisation, allowing multiple scene views, colourmap improvements and downhole graphs in 3D. With Split Views a user also has the option to increase their desktop space and easily compare different views by dragging viewpoints onto a second monitor.

Time and effort saving across the entire lifecycle

We know how important cross sections are to your project, and how your model is communicated. Cross section improvements include a new line symbology tool to document and convey the confidence level of modelled contacts, or where the water table is on dynamically linked cross sections. Leapfrog Works’ dynamic modelling feature means that new information can be readily incorporated into a model, without the need to start again. And as cross sections are dynamically linked, users can save time and effort refining layouts and maintaining cross sections over the entire project lifecycle.

Compatibility with Central model management

Ever mindful of the big picture and a need for a total solution, Leapfrog Works is compatible with Central 2.1, for continuous model management, review and collaboration. Central allows teams to work from a single source of truth, facilitating the central management and optimisation of an organisation’s entire geological modelling activity for in-depth analysis.

Pat concludes, “Works 2.2 allows managers to make quicker, smarter decisions and empowers modellers and engineers to collaborate in a more productive and agile way. Testament to this we’re seeing more and more leaders in the Civil and Environmental sectors making the move to Leapfrog Works.”

Leapfrog Works 2.2 is available now. If you’re already a Works user, download 2.2 here and make the most of these great new features today!

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