ARANZ Geo Limited, a world leader in the visualisation and interpretation of geological sciences for the mining, hydrogeology and geothermal industries, has released Leapfrog® Geo 2.1. The Leapfrog® Partner Programme has also been launched to allow for interoperability with leading partners including geostats tool Snowden Supervisor, geographic mapping and analysis application MapInfo Discover from Pitney Bowes and geographic information system Esri ArcGIS.
Commitment to partner programme
Shaun Maloney, ARANZ Geo’s CEO says, “This release is significant as it delivers more interoperability for our users, enhancing efficiency and improving workflows. We’re committed to extending interoperability through Leapfrog’s partner programme so users can work seamlessly with a wide range of packages.”
Geostatistical analysis with interpolant models for increased confidence
Leading geostats tool, Snowden Supervisor and Leapfrog have partnered together to give Leapfrog Geo 2.1 users the ability to combine the speed and power of the FastRBF™ Leapfrog engine for grade interpolation, with the confidence that geostatistical analysis offers. Variograms can be modelled in Snowden Supervisor using Leapfrog Spheroidal variogram structures. These models can be output in Leapfrog format and loaded directly into an interpolant model in Leapfrog Geo.
“Snowden’s software has a great synergy with ours,” says Maloney. “We share a real emphasis on innovation and our software similarly has a well thought out and intuitive interface. By combining the power of the Leapfrog engine with the confidence that Snowden Supervisor offers our users will have a clearer understanding of the deposit. Improving accuracy allows greater resource recovery and ultimately delivers more revenues, so it’s a real win for customers.”
David Cormack, Snowden’s CEO agrees, “We are excited about the synergy created from bringing together two innovative, user friendly software packages to improve productivity by allowing quick, efficient and accurate analysis of a deposit.”
GIS data integration for seamless workflows
Leapfrog Geo 2.1 has new workflows for the easy integration of GIS data which removes the manual steps and opportunity for errors. Entire batches of GIS objects can be moved into Leapfrog in one go from either MapInfo Discover or Esri ArcGIS. MapInfo Discover have developed a purpose built Leapfrog exporter to create a robust and effortless workflow.
New support for 2D data grids means 2D data such as geophysical grids can be viewed alongside 3D models and wireframes.
Neville Panizza, Data Systems Manager at First Quantum Minerals (Australia) says, “MapInfo and Leapfrog are two major components in our exploration software tool kit. Having the ability to quickly incorporate our GIS data with our 3D Leapfrog projects, irrespective of file formats or projection types, is fantastic. The interoperability will allow us to move from a 2D to a 3D environment with ease and streamline our process flow for handling multiple data formats. Not only will this be great for existing projects it will also allow us to evaluate new data packages quickly, moving us to a decision point faster.”
More processing power
Leapfrog Geo 2.1 includes a new processing engine which scales to multiple-cores to meet geologists’ needs to deliver more complex outputs by harnessing more of the computers power. New ‘priority engine controls’ give users the flexibility needed to ‘run’ only the data required, resulting in less waiting when iterating through many small edits.
Increase confidence, reduce risk
Leapfrog Geo’s workflow solution allows users to rapidly construct multiple models that consider multiple hypotheses, tested against multiple futures for more realistic, sophisticated and robust evaluation. New information is quickly and dynamically added, keeping models up-to-date. For more information on Leapfrog Geo 2.1 see www.leapfrog3d.com