The link allows users of the two software packages to visualise geochemical data analysis in real time in the 3-D space, further enhancing the dynamic nature of 3-D geological modelling and honing decision making.
First Quantum Minerals (now Boliden) has seen particular success using the link at the Kevitsa mine in Finland. REFLEX ioGAS is designed for geochemical analysis, and Leapfrog allows implicit geological modelling. In the continued exploration effort at Kevitsa, the ioGAS Link allows geologists to rapidly visualise geochemical data to improve interpretations.
Shaun Maloney MD at ARANZ Geo commented: “Integration with other software is essential as dynamic modelling becomes the norm and the amount of data increases. The live link offers users of Leapfrog Geo and REFLEX ioGAS real benefits, not least being able to readily access and visualise a huge range of geochemical data and rapidly include it in the modelling process. The use of the ioGAS Link at Kevitsa is a great example of combining the unique benefits of the two leading programmes.”
The need to improve the geological model to optimise mining and to generate further exploration targets drove a programme at Kevitsa to acquire lithogeochemical data that could be fed into a 3-D model for proper correlation and rapid visualisation.
To speed up data capture on-site, First Quantum Minerals use the Olympus pXRF analyser which eliminates the need to send samples off for laboratory testing, which can mean a 3-4 week delay. The ioGAS live link allows for new geochemical interpretations of Olympus pXRF data to be used quickly to re-evaluate the geological model created in Leapfrog.
Former FQML geologist, Frank Santaguida said, “We were able to recognise specific rock types that were associated with mineralisation. We analysed some of these rocks and were able to geochemically fingerprint them. Analysing the historic drill core and new exploration core we could then plot the new data to target new areas for mineralisation. This integration of ready-use data with existing interpretations allowed geologists to make timely decisions and effective use of the very latest information.”
The ioGAS Link is part of the Leapfrog Partnership Programme, which aims to deliver seamless interoperability between leading software providers for superior modelling and more effective decision making. Existing partners include REFLEX, acQuire, Corescan and Deswik.
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