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Seequent looks to mining’s future with latest software updates

Geoscience software company Seequent has revealed major updates to its mining portfolio, focused on improving user’s productivity to solve their geoscience challenges and further enabling connectivity and collaboration between users and their stakeholders.

Included in this major release are updates to Leapfrog® Geo for 3D geological modelling and visualisation, Leapfrog Edge for resource modelling, and cloud-based Seequent Central for model management and collaboration. The releases, which represent Seequent’s biggest update to its mining portfolio in more than a decade, include technologies that will ensure a smooth and seamless transition to Seequent Evo, its new ecosystem of hybrid cloud and desktop solutions, the company says.

Seequent’s Chief Technology Officer, James Lawton, says: “As projects become increasingly complex, organisations are generating greater amounts of data. We want to enable organisations in their digital transformation journey and enhance productivity.

“We’ve planned for the future with these releases, expanding the capabilities of Seequent Central at the centre of the user’s workflow to improve digital effectiveness and enable better decisions.”

Central 4.0 makes projects more accessible, shareable, and collaborative, with all-new visualisation capability, enhanced modelling workflows, direct communication with notifications, links and sharing, and more publishing improvements, Seequent says. The new import capability bridges the gap between geoscience disciplines via a common workflow.

The milestone Leapfrog Geo 6.0.1 release delivers smoother, more intuitive workflows and a significant improvement in performance with up to 25% faster overall processing times, supporting users with large datasets, it explains. Leapfrog Edge 4.0.2 introduces a parameter report facilitating the checking of estimates, which allows users to see their choices to be exported to excel for internal or external reporting.

Seequent’s Chief Revenue Officer, Daniel Wallace, says: “Our latest releases allow for better connectivity to cloud products and between different software solutions, and enable large processing tasks and multi-user workflows by taking advantage of cloud computing capabilities. The releases are geared for the transition to Seequent’s Evo ecosystem – which links operations, data, and technology, to provide real-time decision support.”

Seequent’s GeoStudio Core to help geotech engineers tackle major engineering challenges

Geoscience software company Seequent has announced the release of GeoStudio Core, a new, completely reformulated SIGMA/W product.

These upgrades allow geotechnical engineers to understand and tackle major engineering challenges for infrastructure and mining projects – from dams and levees to tunnelling and the stability of cuts in underground and open-pit mines, the company says.

Paul Grunau, President of Seequent’s GEOSLOPE, says GeoStudio Core 2021 is the most significant GeoStudio release in the past five years.

“SIGMA/W has been completely redeveloped from the ground up, delivering new levels of confidence and capability for geotechnical engineers needing to assess ground deformations and stability,” Grunau said. “The new strength reduction stability analysis in SIGMA/W complements the industry-trusted solutions in SLOPE/W to provide a rigorous understanding of slope failure mechanisms, allowing the engineer to design effective stabilisation measures. These products integrate with SEEP/W to include the impact of changing groundwater conditions, providing a comprehensive solution for stability problems.

“The combined GeoStudio Core solution runs in a single integrated environment, speeding up the project workflow and easily scaling with the user’s needs. All project data and analyses can be combined into a single project file, enabling smooth data exchange and simpler data management.”

GeoStudio Core, with SIGMA/W’s expanded material model library and new analysis types, allows for comprehensive modelling of a wider range of soil and rock behaviour, according to Seequent. For example, simulating the strain-softening behaviour of brittle clays enables stability control of a tailings dam or roadway cut.

The new GeoStudio multi-physics solver enables SIGMA/W to offer improved solver performance and enhanced modelling of rapid reservoir drawdown, open-pit mine dewatering effects on highwall stability, and solute transport from tailings ponds.

Seequent helps miners in COVID-19 era with remote geoscience software tools

Geoscience software company Seequent says it is accelerating the development of its cloud-based solution, Seequent Central, to enable organisations to continue work on critical, large-scale, earth, environment and renewable energy projects in the COVID-19 impacted environment.

Central works alongside Seequent’s other geoscience analysis, modelling and collaborative technologies, to contribute understanding to subsurface geoscience and engineering design solutions.

The cloud-based solution allows people in any location to visualise, track and manage geological models created for infrastructure and critical services projects, in a centralised, auditable environment, according to Seequent.

This means a wide range of stakeholders can readily access highly visual up-to-date information to manage risk and make better environmental and investment decisions, to progress projects, it said.

Seequent CEO, Shaun Maloney, said the company was working alongside customers to do everything it can to make it possible to meet the demands and operational challenges they may be facing in the current environment.

“In response to increased need and demand, we’re accelerating the development of Central to help our customers to continue to operate in interdependent and often remote work environments,” he said.

Seequent’s software is being used on hundreds of diverse projects across the globe, ranging from infrastructure projects including large-scale rail, road and tunnel projects across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific; renewable energy projects in the US, Finland, Iceland, Indonesia, Philippines and New Zealand; mining and exploration projects in North and South America, Africa and Australia; and environmental projects such as groundwater management in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

One of these projects is with Canada-based mining company First Majestic.

Focused on silver production in Mexico, First Majestic currently owns and operates the San Dimas silver-gold mine, the Santa Elena silver-gold mine and the La Encantada silver mine. The company is pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets with industry practice modelling using Seequent’s solutions, according to the geoscience software company.

“First Majestic use Seequent’s Leapfrog Geo to develop a realistic presentation of the geology at each site (complex silver deposits with multiple veins), and Leapfrog Edge to aid resource estimation – and when geologic models are changed resource estimates also change dynamically,” Seequent says.

“Seequent Central allows the company to publish models and resource estimates – so they are immediately available to everyone from the mine geologists to management in real time.”

First Majestic Resource Geologist, David Rowe, says the company can now capture multiple resources across multiple mines.

“We can now get all cross-discipline experts together to review projects in one place, and I am notified when those reviews have happened,” he said. “This enables better access and collaboration for everyone.”

Seequent addresses contaminants with latest Leapfrog Works extension

Global geoscience software company, Seequent, says it has released a “Contaminants extension” for its 3D modelling and analysis solution, Leapfrog Works.

The integrated solution enables geoscientists to easily and intuitively create robust 3D models of subsurface contamination plumes to enable reliable definition and estimates of contamination and its location, Seequent said. The highly visual models can be readily shared with project stakeholders to aid communication and understanding at each stage of contaminated site management, it added.

Seequent’s Environmental Segment Director, Thomas Krom, said: “By combining 3D dynamic geological models with best practice geostatistical methods, we’re enabling people to build, maintain, communicate and track defensible interpretations and mitigation strategies for contamination resolution – enabling better, transparent decision making.

“Currently, environmental scientists estimate contaminate plumes in a spreadsheet or use GIS, or they rely on one or two people in their organisation to create 3D models. The Contaminants extension leverages Leapfrog’s intuitive workflows to allow users to be productive almost immediately, making industry-standard geostatistics accessible for everyone and valuable on any sized project.”

Leapfrog Works with the new Contaminants extension forms part of Seequent’s wider set of contaminated site solutions, the company said.

“Leapfrog Works allows users to quickly build 3D models from environmental data in hours, which dynamically updates each project lifecycle,” Seequent said. “Robust and intuitive geostatistical tools in the Contaminants extension allow users to create transparent and defensible estimates of contaminant mass and location in saturated and unsaturated zones.”

Cloud-based data and model management solution, Seequent Central, enables teams and project stakeholders to share data and collaborate on models from any location – to ensure contamination resolution decisions are based on the latest information, according to the company.

Eryn Torres, Senior Professional at Geosyntec Consultants, was one of the environmental scientists who worked closely with Seequent to test Leapfrog Works and the Contaminants extension on a variety of contaminated site projects.

“The organised workspace and powerful algorithms, as well as the reporting capabilities, have made Leapfrog and the Contaminants solution invaluable tools for our team,” Torres said. “I have been truly impressed by the level of enthusiastic support and engagement that Seequent has provided.

“I have become an avid user of the solution during this early phase, and it is now a part of our daily workflows, especially for contaminated sites with the need to compute reliable mass estimates in complex scenarios.”

Krom added: “Seequent solutions enable clear communication to end clients, regulators, and the general public with 3D models of contaminated sites and associated groundwater systems in a fully auditable data-driven approach across the entire lifecycle of site management.”

Seequent moves downstream with OreControl software partnership

Seequent has partnered with OreControl Blasting Consultants, the US-based developer of OrePro 3D software, as it looks to expand its reach into the drill and blast arena.

OrePro 3D software allows geologists to model the movement of ore during blasting in order to delineate ore and waste more accurately for efficient downstream handling, according to Seequent.

“The software’s use of 3D modelling and visualisation techniques revolutionises how geologists determine ore boundaries and select dig directions, yielding significant improvements over traditional 2D methods,” the company added.

OrePro 3D embeds in a mine’s ore control process with seamless data integration with up-stream and down-stream systems, and intuitive workflows, according to the company. The software also contains a tool showing the financial impact of different mining scenarios.

Seequent’s GM Mining & Minerals, Nick Fogarty (pictured), says: “Mining companies continue to look for ways to improve their operating efficiency. By reducing ore loss and dilution, more valuable rock can be sent to the processing plant. OrePro 3D has already been adopted by many large mining companies who are using the solution to improve yields and operating efficiency, which in turn reduces the operation’s environmental impact.

He added: “This is another area where best of breed geoscience modelling techniques and 3D visualisation create value for our customers.”

William Hunt, Co-founder and President of OreControl Blasting Consultants, says: “By accurately highlighting where the pay material is located, post-blast, and then optimising dig blocks accordingly, operating efficiency and commercial returns can be dramatically improved. The value of additional recoveries after a single blast can represent an immediate return on investment and resources can also be extracted using less energy and water.”

According to Hunt, OrePro 3D can be used without direct measurement, which removes the need for transmitters and the need to put staff onto risky muck piles.

Seequent taps into Esri ArcGIS Pro to speed up discovery time

Seequent has today released Target for ArcGIS Pro to bring advanced understanding of mining and exploration data to the powerful next generation Esri ArcGIS Pro environment.

The Esri-integrated solution simplifies the importing, viewing and analysis of drill hole and subsurface geological data within ArcGIS Pro to allow geoscientists, geologists and GIS analysts to make timely decisions on project viability and enable faster discoveries, according to Seequent.

The release builds on Seequent’s Target for ArcGIS platform, a geology mapping extension for Esri ArcGIS that simplifies the “visualisation and analysis of drill hole and borehole geology data within ArcMap”.

Seequent’s GM Mining & Minerals, Nick Fogarty, says: “We’ve worked very closely with Esri to create essential workflows for geoscientists in mining and exploration who want to use their data in ArcGIS Pro.

“Our partnership ensures we can deliver interoperability that allows our customers to get the full benefit from both Target and ArcGIS geoscience workflows, creating a world-leading end-to-end solution. Target for ArcGIS Pro is the latest in our ongoing effort to enhance integration and empower advanced geoscience analysis within Esri’s established GIS platform.”

Esri’s Director – Industry Solutions, Natural Resources Sector, Geoff Wade, said: “Seequent is a valued gold level partner of Esri and we are thrilled to see the latest realisation of their product vision for Target.

“The new Target for ArcGIS Pro provides users with additional capability and flexibility, in seamlessly integrating with tools from the Esri platform that many are already familiar with. We are confident this will further improve the efficiency of many geoscience workflows and empower new levels of understanding and insights for our valued joint customers.”

Target for ArcGIS Pro, Seequent says, allows users to import, visualise and interpret drilling data from standard industry data sources or generic formats; view drill hole data by numeric or categorical attributes in 2D maps and 3D scenes; create cross sections to view and interpret your geology in 3D; incorporate subsurface datasets to your project for increased understanding and geological context; navigate the subsurface quickly and easily using 3D navigation shortcuts; and share and collaborate using Esri’s online workflows.

Seequent adds geotechnical analysis software to growing portfolio

Seequent has announced the acquisition of GEOSLOPE, a Canada-based company famed for its integrated, geotechnical analysis software.

The New Zealand-headquartered leader in the development of geoscience analysis, modelling, and collaborative technologies says the addition of GEOSLOPE will offer additional innovative geoscience technology solutions to its customers.

Seequent has been busy on the business development front in the past year, announcing, in November, that it was to merge with Geosoft and, in July, saying it was starting a partnership with Minalytix.

GEOSLOPE is known by geotechnical engineers who use the GeoStudio suite for design, analysis, and decision making. This suite includes products for modelling slope stability, deformation, heat transfer and groundwater flow in soil and rock. The products are used in over 100 countries for analysing infrastructure projects including dams and levees, reinforced walls and slopes, open-pit mines, and transportation, according to Seequent.

Shaun Maloney, Chief Executive of Seequent, says: “We welcome the GEOSLOPE team to the Seequent family. Together, we are better equipped to deliver on our commitment to help mitigate and solve some of the world’s major civil, environmental and energy challenges.”

GEOSLOPE’S President, Paul Grunau, said the company had, over the years, invested in the long-term growth of the company to develop a set of “world-class solutions” for geotechnical engineers.

He added: “Joining Seequent presents the opportunity for greater integration of geotechnical analysis into the overall engineering and design workflow, thereby enabling our customers to more effectively analyse their problems and deliver better outcomes.”

The GEOSLOPE team will continue to be led by Paul Grunau and will maintain its presence in Calgary, Canada, Seequent said.

Seequent says its software is used on large-scale projects globally, including road and rail tunnel construction, groundwater detection and management, geothermal exploration, subsea infrastructure mapping, resource evaluation and subterranean storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Seequent delivers major releases for mining solutions

Seequent says it has launched new releases for its mining solutions Leapfrog® Geo, resource modelling solution Leapfrog® Edge, model management solution Seequent Central and View.

Seequent’s General Manager – Mining and Minerals, Nick Fogarty, said: “Projects are becoming increasingly complex, and organisations are generating a huge amount of geological data to inform important investment and environmental decisions. Seequent’s mining solutions work in harmony to enable an unprecedented level of productivity and collaboration, giving customers’ insights that improve decision making and further reduce risk.”

Seequent Central’s importance as the nexus for managing geological data, across multiple projects and locations, has been recognised with major release upgrades including the Central Data Room bringing all data into one place, the company said.

Leapfrog® Geo 4.5, meanwhile, includes performance improvements designed to smooth day-to-day workflows for users, including informed uploading, simplified editing and exporting, redesigned file structures and intuitive polar nets, Seequent said.

Leapfrog Geo Product Manager, Byron Taylor, said: “Leapfrog Geo is our flagship solution well known for its stability and usability. For this release, we’ve delivered on many minor user requests that collectively add up to major enhancements. Leapfrog Geo is now well positioned to take on board some even more ground-breaking innovations that we have planned for the future.”

A major addition to Leapfrog Edge is the provision of a new Variable Orientation tool (pictured), which locally re-orientates the search and variogram, and features visual search ellipse validation, easy setup and updates, Sequent said.

“We’ve seen rapid industry uptake of Leapfrog Edge since its launch 18 months ago. This release further enhances Edge’s capability to deliver rapid dynamic resource estimates,” Mike Stewart, Seequent’s Technical Domain Expert, said.

Major advances for Seequent Central include a new intuitive web interface and Central Data Room that brings all critical project data into one place, according to the company. This allows teams to work together from a “single source of truth”, Seequent said. The Central Data Room allows data from a variety of sources to be uploaded, downloaded and version controlled within the Central Portal.

Seequent’s Central Product Manager, Peter Joynt, said: “Seequent Central is the best way to transfer Leapfrog projects to and from remote sites – its version control for geoscience data is a game changer. Before Central, companies were faced with the basic issue of trying to locate the latest version of a model. To further streamline projects, other types of data frequently used with Central can now be built into dynamic workflows, even if the outputs were generated in packages other than Leapfrog.”

View’s latest updates give teams, stakeholders and decision-makers more time-saving ways to collaborate and interact with their data in a browser to uncover insights, according to the company. The online tool allows all data and communications to be saved to the cloud.

“Users can more easily build a story, capturing an aspect of their 3D geological model and use the embedded note function to ask questions and allow stakeholders to give feedback all in one place,” Amy Gerber, View Product Manager for Seequent, said.

GMG’s Open Mining Format gaining traction in 2019

Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) says 2019 has, so far, been a productive for its Open Mining Format (OMF) and the growing community that surrounds it.

GMG’s Data Exchange for Mine Software sub-committee is committed to making OMF implementation straightforward. To this end, it has developed a support document that, as Project Lead Sam Bain, Partner Integration Manager at Seequent describes, “provides easy-to-follow instructions for making the most of OMF in your chosen product”.

The document illustrates how to use OMF with Deswik, Seequent, and Dassault Systemes products currently supporting it, according to GMG.

Bain explained: “OMF is a straightforward format that is easy to implement…The format can be used to transfer points, lines, meshes and regular block models, as well as the metadata on these objects.”

Gustavo Pilger, Technology Research and Development Director at Dassault Systemes, said the document “shows the community that the file format exchange is real as it is already implemented across a few applications”.

Pilger hopes the document will help improve the format and frame its second iteration, while spreading “the word that there is a file format exchange that supports interoperability across applications”.

The community adopting the OMF is widening, according to GMG. Bane Sullivan, a graduate student at the Colorado School of Mines, created an open source viewer for OMF on GitHub, which, GMG says, offers a way to view an OMF file without having to buy a software package.

Seequent’s Bain said: “It is a great sign of a community developing around the OMF. It can only be a good thing if a format can easily be incorporated in a free viewer by a student working on their own.”

The sub-committee will also be kicking off OMF 2.0 at a workshop in Toronto, Canada, on February 28-March 1. OMF 2.0 will focus on block models, chosen in response to feedback from end users. Bain said: “The end goal of the workshop is to agree on what OMF 2.0 will look like and then share this plan with the wider community for review and comment.”

GMG’s Open Mining Format is an open-source file interchange format developed to enable seamless and reliable transfer of data between mine software packages, which can produce major efficiency gains by eliminating the time required for manual and convoluted data transfer across the mine site, according to GMG.