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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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Can Implicit Modelling transform the civil engineering industry?

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
― Abraham H. Maslow

For years the geologists working on civil engineering and environmental projects have grappled with the challenge of building ground models using tools designed for drafting engineering designs.
Traditional engineering design started by drawing 2D sections, plans and elevations to define a 3D structure, which isn’t practical for natural geological structures which are almost never straight and aligned. Geology is a science rather than an engineering discipline because it models the real world instead of designing man-made structures within it. Geology doesn’t come in boxes, triangles, straight lines or even sophisticated Bezier curves. All of these are simply ways of representing the geology on a computer.

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Leapfrog EDGE pre-release feedback

‘What a modeller geologist always wanted’

Leapfrog EDGE is a resource estimation solution that supports and advances industry practices to meet today’s challenges. Designed in collaboration with the industry, Leapfrog EDGE has undergone years of development and refinement in readiness for its market launch in November 2017.

Nearly 200 geologists with a variety of different backgrounds, experience and job roles used Leapfrog EDGE as part of a pre-release programme. This blog outlines the results of a recent survey on their experiences.

This feedback is based on Leapfrog EDGE 1.0. We expect the increased functionality in the recently released Leapfrog EDGE 2.0 to add even more value and solve additional issues experienced in resource estimation.

Seamless integration with geology

A key feature of the software, introduced to address a need identified in the early research, is the seamless integration of the resource estimation process with the geological model. Leapfrog EDGE delivers an integrated workflow and ensures the resource estimate has a strong geological foundation. Nearly 90% of those surveyed agreed that Leapfrog EDGE provided this integration and that it improved their confidence in the final result.

Robin Simpson, Principal Consultant (Resource Geology) at SRK Consulting, Russia, told us, “Leapfrog EDGE is a pleasure to use and it is convenient to be able to stay within Leapfrog for many of the tasks I previously had to export to other software. I like the convenience of being linked to the geology model and it is more efficient to update the resource model with fewer hassles importing and exporting files.”

Federico Mera, Resource Geologist at Lundin Gold, Ecuador, had a similar experience, “Leapfrog EDGE is what a modeller geologist always wanted. It simplifies steps and removes the annoying processes that deviate from the main goal of understanding the geology. I’ve used other software to model resources but I never feel entirely comfortable because I’m concerned about importing, exporting, re-importing and changing file formats.”

Leapfrog EDGE’s dynamic updating feature, first introduced in Leapfrog Geo, allows users to add data or revise their interpretations at any stage in the workflow and the changes automatically flow downstream and update. This simple but substantial step enhances how users can manage change as they continue to interpret geology and make use of the latest information.

This dynamic updating is cited as a key advantage by many including Graham Greenway, Group Resource Geologist at Lundin Mining, UK, who says, “One of the most frustrating steps in the resource estimation process is having to run and re-do multiple steps if new data is added. When you add new data to Leapfrog EDGE the process automatically reworks itself.”

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