Category: Industry updates

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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