Tag: geological modelling

Testing the ground for Australia’s record breaking tunnels

Before you start one of the largest bored excavation projects in the world, you need to be very sure of the ground beneath your feet.

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In preparation for the massive West Gate Tunnel project in Melbourne, Australia, it fell to geotechnical services firm Golder Associates to undertake a comprehensive investigation of the geological risk before work could begin.

Faced with a complex and often deceptive geology they employed the ground engineering 3D implicit modelling solution offered by Leapfrog Works to deliver an exhaustive assessment, then communicate its findings to a variety of stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines. What Leapfrog Works uncovered was to have a direct impact on the route the tunnels took, and the success of the contractors who used its data to shape their plans.

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Part 1: Where have the macros gone? An immersive approach to estimation

Iain Levy, Senior Technical Lead, Seequent.

When discussing Leapfrog EDGE with clients I’m often asked, “what about macros?” or, “will Leapfrog EDGE be getting macros in the future?” Along this vein, a common request is for a swish multidomain tool that enables you to quickly carbon copy parameters from one domain and apply them to multiple other ones.

This has led me to reflect on why macros are so engrained into our estimation workflows, and if this has resulted in a focus on the processes of resource estimation to the detriment of the geology and reasoning behind it. As Dr Jacqui Coombes, General Manager – Innovation at METS Ignited recently commented; ‘The future of resource estimation will not focus so much on the process of resource estimation but on the reasoning of it’.

This blog is part one of a two-part series which considers the standard approach undertaken for resource estimation, and the value of a new approach where reasoning and validation play a more integrated role throughout the estimate.

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Take control of your geological modelling in 2018

Are you energised and excited about the projects underway in 2018? Are the tools you use for modelling helping you to achieve your goals? Are you happy to recommend them?

Recommending a solution to others is the number one proof of satisfaction. If you’re not happy to recommend your current solution, you’re not satisfied. Leapfrog’s 2017 annual survey revealed 95% of users surveyed would recommend Leapfrog to a friend or colleague.

Seriously satisfied

As you can see from the satisfaction scores below, the majority of Leapfrog users surveyed are ‘satisfied’, and a large proportion of those ‘satisfied’ users are ‘very satisfied’

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Our impact on the Geothermal industry

We offer a product suite with modelling capabilities for many industries, including Leapfrog Geothermal for the geothermal energy sector.

Geothermal energy is heat from the earth

Geothermal energy is now being harnessed by regions world-wide as an affordable, clean, and sustainable energy source. The interactive map below shows the geothermal 2017 electrical generating capacities per country:

Data from ThinkGeoenergy. This interactive heat-map was created using the free program OpenSourceMap. 

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A Three Letter Word that Sank a Thousand Mineral Projects

This post was written by Mike O’Brien, Geostatistician Seequent Expert Services (previously ARANZ Geo), based on his experiences working as a consultant on mineral projects

‘AND’ is a logic gate that sneaks up on mineral projects and destroys their value.

‘AND’ is a logical conjunction and, to grossly simplify, it implies the outcome of applying a series of factors in combination is only positive if each of the series of factors is positive. This logic gate controls a lot of things that we do. For example, (Exam passed by Jane) = (Jane goes to school) AND (Jane goes to exam venue) AND (Jane obtained pass mark). All three conditions have to happen for Jane to pass the exam.

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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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3D geological mapping: From 2D GIS maps to 3D modelling

By Antonio Celis

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Traditionally, geoscientists have translated their field data collection efforts into a digital version of a geological map, which is typically built using GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS). Consequently most companies will have large archives loaded with GIS information from their projects. With more companies now choosing to collect their field data using electronic devices it ultimately results in a large repository of GIS data.

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Leapfrog 4.0 – Unlocking the value of Structural Data

We’d like to share some of the feedback we’ve received so far from users who are benefiting from Leapfrog 4.0’s new structural modelling tools and workflows. We hope this blog gives you the opportunity to compare your experience with others, motivates you to dive into modelling your structural data yourself or just encourages you to experiment!’

Structural Geology

Leapfrog 4.0 is a major release that introduces an entirely new structural data workflow and tools to import and clean structural data, identify patterns and then incorporate this valuable structural knowledge into your models.

“ One thing I really like is the easy and intuitive nature of loading and choosing the data you want to work with.The speed at which you can get an overall trend-will help in determining the general shape of wireframes (it’s fast). “

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Sula Iron & Gold Case Study – use of Leapfrog Geo’s movie function as a key marketing tool

Multi-commodity exploration company Sula Iron and Gold plc have used Leapfrog Geo’s movie function as a key marketing tool in the Ferensola Gold Project, Sierra Leone.

Using the movie function, Sula’s Non-Executive Technical Director, Howard Baker, has produced an impressive presentation to communicate target scale and to lift the project’s profile to the wider investment community.

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