PRESS RELEASE: Leapfrog EDGE introduces 3-D visualisation to resource estimation alongside industry standard tools for estimating, domaining, geostatistical evaluation and reporting.
Leapfrog EDGE was developed in collaboration with industry experts and is available either within the Leapfrog Geo geological modelling solution, or as an individual product.
Shaun Maloney, chief executive of Seequent, said: “Reliable resource estimation is critical to create confidence for all levels of decision-makers. The geological model is the foundation of any resource estimate, so it was a natural progression to develop a Leapfrog solution for resource estimation. Leapfrog EDGE builds on the success of Leapfrog Geo which allows 3-D geological models to be built in a very dynamic and intuitive way.”
Using Leapfrog EDGE within Leapfrog Geo creates a fully integrated workflow between the geological model and the resource model, allowing users to stay in the Leapfrog environment. Estimates are built from the Leapfrog model, avoiding data corruption and error. A key feature of this integration is ‘dynamic updating’, where users can add data or revise their interpretations at any stage in the workflow, and these changes will automatically flow downstream and update.
Seequent director of product and innovation Tim Schurr added: “This seamless connection increases confidence as the user can give a stronger emphasis to providing a robust geological model to underpin the estimate. Introducing this simple but substantial step delivers major benefits as users can manage change as they continue to interpret the geology and make use of the latest information.”
Leapfrog EDGE’s interactive data visualisation tools for resource estimation help users gain a greater understanding of their data, the company explained. Users can rapidly iterate and test different parameters and then view the results in the rich 3-D environment, whether it’s variography estimation results or reporting and summarising.
The variogram tool is an example of a feature that takes full advantage of Leapfrog’s visual environment. Users can see the variogram orientation and ranges in both 2-D and 3-D, and then manipulate them directly in the 3-D scene. Changes dynamically update the variography and block models.