Visualisation software developer Seequent (formerly Aranz Geo) has launched a new program for the civil engineering and environmental industries.
Built on the existing Leapfrog 3D modelling engine, Seequent says that Leapfrog Works improves understanding, visualisation and communication of subsurface conditions and the interaction with infrastructure.
“A long-time challenge for the industry has been the disparate processes of designing infrastructure and ground engineering, from tender to feasibility to operational phases,” said Seequent general manager of civil and environmental Daniel Wallace. “Working with industry leaders, we’ve developed a modelling solution that pairs a view of the geology with the engineering design, to better communicate the associated risks in projects to stakeholders.”
The Leapfrog 3D geological modelling solutions were first developed for the mining and mineral industries 15 years ago and are now available for a range of industries to help uncover valuable insights from geological data, to allow better decision making for earth, environment and energy challenges.
Seequent has said that Leapfrog Works allows users to build 3D models from geotechnical data in days, not weeks, in an easy to use workflow. Models can be rapidly edited and new data can be easily reimported over the project lifecycle. Leapfrog enables collaboration and file sharing between multiple parties from remote locations using standard IT set up. Powerful 3D visualisations can be readily shared to aid stakeholder communication and understanding at each stage of a project.
Leapfrog Works interfaces and exchanges information with diverse digital design and Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital geotechnical database platforms. The optional hydrogeology solution kit also integrates with flow simulation packages.
“We’ve been working alongside Mott MacDonald to identify opportunities to improve understanding and communication of ground conditions in infrastructure and groundwater projects, and support the cultural shift towards digitisation and collaborative working,” said Wallace.
Mott MacDonald geotechnics global practice leader Tony O’Brien added: “The communication of geotechnical issues to non-specialists has been a long-standing challenge for geotechnics practitioners, however Leapfrog has generated a step change improvement in our ability to communicate geotechnical issues to a wide range of stakeholders.”
Leapfrog unleashes a broad range of opportunities by enabling an improved understanding of ground risks and opportunities for innovation from available historical and investigation data.
O’Brien said: “The software’s 3D geological models allow our project teams to thoroughly interrogate ground data from a variety of sources and field observations. By interrogating data sources in this way and applying our geotechnics expertise, we have achieved more efficient design solutions with higher levels of confidence.
“The outcome was targeted investigation, design, remedial and temporary works solutions. What this means in practice is illustrated by some of the projects we have utilised Leapfrog on. Since using the software, we have seen substantial reductions in the time needed to produce ground models, with associated cost savings compared to traditional approaches.”
Wallace also said: “Leapfrog Works allows clients to see the bigger picture and have the clarity and confidence to make better design and construction decisions; whether it’s for a road, a building, a dam, or a tunnel.”