Category: Industry updates

Keeping on top of the ground conditions in BIM

Leapfrog Works’ latest release – version 2.1 – steps up 3D geological modellings ability to integrate with BIM models, with the inclusion of two key export formats, the BIM Industry Foundation Class (IFC) and Autodesk Drawing (DWG).

The release continues our major development programme to provide a subsurface solution specifically for the Civil Engineering and Environmental industries.

BIM with ground model

Leapfrog Works Project Manager, Pat McLarin, explains, “To date BIM has mainly been focused on vertical infrastructure, with much of the detail relating to design and structural decisions now incorporated into BIM models, even down to minute decisions such as wallpaper. However, the ground conditions on which the entire structure rests have not been adequately included. This means that BIM users do not have a detailed enough vision of how the geology is impacting and could impact on future decisions, exposing projects to risk. And the workflows used to bring geology into BIM have been adhoc and manual and aren’t able to make the best use of the data and the geologist’s full geological interpretation.”

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Unearthed: where data will take Civil Engineering next

“The issues that swirl around data, from openness to ethics, and innovation to automation, are vast and varied. We see many different attitudes towards it in the industries we serve.”

The second edition of our Unearthed Report is out now.

The second edition of our Unearthed Report is out now.

How will the smarter use of data transform the Civil Engineering and Environmental sectors in the next few years?

It’s an issue we’ve set out to explore in the latest edition of Unearthed, the technology and innovation report produced by the Seequent team behind Leapfrog Works – our 3D geological modelling software.

You can download the report with all the new features here.

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Seequent’s Singapore event on digital innovation in ground engineering

On 24th May 2018, leaders from Singapore’s civil and environmental engineering industries gathered together at the New Zealand High Commission to join the conversation about digital innovation in ground engineering.

Singapore event - speakers

Speakers Daniel Wallace – Seequent, Michelle Lee – Penta Ocean, and Edward Armstrong – Penta Ocean

With expansive views across the Singapore skyline, invited guests and speakers came together to network, discuss and engage. The presentations were spearheaded by Seequent’s General Manager for Civil and Environmental, Daniel Wallace, who shared Seequent’s vision of the future. Daniel explained how Leapfrog Works, a revolutionary solution to understanding, visualising and communicating ground conditions, is the only 3D sub-surface modelling solution specifically designed for the engineering sector and as such addresses many challenges costing the industry time and money.

To showcase Leapfrog Works in action, special invited guests from Penta-Ocean Construction Company Ltd, explained how they are using Leapfrog Works to better understand ground conditions in Singapore.  Speakers Michelle Lee, BIM Manager and Edward Armstrong, Senior Engineering Geologist, took the audience through their VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) roadmap and explained how Leapfrog Works enabled them to reduce risk both financially and in Health and Safety, ultimately advancing how they complete geological modelling.

“We were delighted that Penta-Ocean accepted our invitation to showcase their recent Singaporean engineering project,” says Daniel Wallace. “The event was a great success. It was a real honour to meet with industry leaders, some for the first time and others we know well, and to be able to also demonstrate Leapfrog Works hands-on in the event’s Discovery Zone.”

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When time is your enemy, you need your software on your side

By Seequent Product Manager PJ Hollenbeck

All projects have their challenges, but those with a fast turnaround have a special set of problems and pressures.

A succession of accelerated construction deadlines may call for rapid iteration of geological models to meet the shrinking timelines. You might need to develop multiple hypotheses from the data you have, often in a very short space of time.

That would be ok if the software you were using was built from the ground-up specifically with geologic modelling in mind, but often it isn’t. Instead, you may be relying on tools co-opted from another industry or discipline and not intended for the ‘artform’ of geological modelling. Not only will that tend to make the initial modeling process slow and difficult, but when new data comes in – as it frequently will – it could take days, even weeks to update the model. Meanwhile, the project is already underway and costing money.

3D model

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Collaboration is easier when you can work directly with a range of data sources

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

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As the world goes digital, is Civil Engineering losing the race for productivity, ideas and innovation?

It seems that whatever the industry, whatever the sector, you’ll hear the same rally cry: “we need to go digital”.

It’s become a 21st century business obsession with the promise of greater efficiency and productivity, faster and more sure-footed innovation and new ways of dealing with old problems. Not to mention the fact that many customers now clamour for digital solutions, drawn by the cost savings they can bring.

But even though the potential is vast, the pace of digital transformation varies considerably across different industries. So how is the Civil Engineering sector doing?

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Unearthed report for Civil Engineering and Environment industry

Have you ever thought about the science that goes into building a bridge? It’s not all about the engineering – it’s also about the geology.

Geology is a science, rather than an engineering discipline because it models the real world as opposed to building structures within it. By definition, geology is the study of earth’s composition and the methods we use to study it are rapidly changing.

With the global launch of our latest software, Leapfrog Works, we have released the Unearthed Report – a global briefing on the technology and innovation revolutionising the Civil Engineering and Environmental industries.

 

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Using curiosity as a business tool

By Claire Mahoney

From the time we can speak, we start asking questions: Why is the sky blue? How big is the ocean? Why do the leaves change colour? Being curious is encouraged and rewarded because it leads to a deeper understanding of the world, which helps us operate and survive better as humans.

Curiosity is part of our company culture and we use it for a lot of different reasons: to build better software, understand user needs and help solve complex industry challenges. Even as we grow as a company, we’re still asking the same questions: What does it look like underground? Can we harness the power of a volcano?

By being curious we’ve created multiple opportunities, solved a host of problems and had some enlightening conversations. Here’s how we apply curiosity in our business.

Curiosity for problem-solving

When we heard back in 2014 that some of our customers were having problems managing their model versions, which was hampering their decision-making and costing money at the operations stage, we saw an opportunity to help out and get curious.

We asked some key questions: How are you managing projects now? How are models shared currently? What other decisions depend on the data? What other problems is this causing?

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