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Technical Sales Advisor, Energy – Seequent
My name is Clare Baxter
and I am the technical sales advisor, Energy
for the Europe and Africa regions.
Today, I am coming to you from my home office,
as I’m sure many of you are listening to this
from your home office.
And I guess the big question that we have to ask ourselves
with the huge change of environment that we have been given
is how can we continue to work as productively
and as effectively remotely
as what we always did hitting into the office each day.
I know that for the geothermal industry,
this is not something that is always new.
We continuously are challenged anyway,
with having to work with teams
in a range of different locations,
whether it’s in the office,
on their rig site or in different countries.
But I guess now the situation of which we are faced
has been heightened.
And the big question at Seequent
is how can we support you in order to create and continue
this collaborative environment that is needed?
This is where Central comes in.
And for us,
it is the way in which we see we can assist your teams
in continuing to work remotely.
Seequent’s vision is to enable you
to make better decisions about the earth environment
and energy challenges.
In order for us to be able to do that,
we need to understand the decision processes that take place
and effectively what this entails.
The foundation of a decision,
particularly in the geoscience area is data.
And the understanding around that data.
Now, in a geothermal project,
this data typically comes in the form
of many different disciplines,
geology, geochemistry, geophysical data among others.
And it can also be collected
by a huge range of different stakeholders
from the operators, consultants, researchers and others.
particularly in this day and age
for us to be able to take advantage of modern developments
that we then place this data into a digital format
and we send it through or use software
to then make additional interpretations.
Throughout all of these steps,
we want to make sure that we consistently work,
within a collaborative environment,
so we can truly take advantage
of every each and other skillsets.
This is what’s really hard,
particularly when we’re working remotely.
How can we truly be effective as a team,
especially when we can’t see each other face-to-face
or meet each other around the same screen?
And in addition,
the data that, that team works with needs to be accessible
and also accessible at the right time,
so that you have the right information
when you actually need it.
And of course,
later on in order to support that decision
and to also ensure that the due diligence aspect
of the project is meet,
the analysis and information needs to be auditable.
When working remotely,
whether it’s on the drill site,
in the field or in the head office
or as we face right now,
working from your home office,
two of the most important aspects
is to have access to your team members
and to have access to all of the data
that you need to be able to do your work
and to make this effective.
This access needs to be organized
and stored in a manner which is managed,
easily found and completely integrated
with each of your different departments
and each of your different team members,
so that you can obtain
and collaborate with your team members
to share that knowledge and experience
that each one of you hold within you.
For a lot of the time when we speak with many of you,
we get the feedback that right now this is absolute chaos.
And that is really hard for us to be able to have access
to the data really easily,
as well as the knowledge from our team members
to create that collective analysis
that is really needed to base our decisions.
And the other part to this is the importance to have access
or everyone to have access to a single version of the truth,
rather than the version of the truth,
being set in your personal desktop computers
or whether it be an external hard drive or on the server.
And what we see is
as this starts to come collectively together,
we have easy access to be able to formulate the decisions
on the most relevant and up-to-date data.
Not only is it the technical realm
that needs to have access to the data,
but it’s the entire ecosystem
that surrounds a geothermal project
and in order for a geothermal project to be successful,
the information associated with the subsurface,
needs to flow freely from C-level,
all the way through to the technical team,
back up again and just as commonly out to stakeholders,
whether they are internal or external to the project.
And by completely opening up this flow of information,
we start to see open up how different components,
within the organization can collaborate together.
And it’s by opening up this collaboration
that it gives us the opportunity
to really gain a return on the investment
and to have success within that investment.
It’s for this reason that we created Central
for organizations to work more effectively
and ultimately to gain the competitive advantage.
So, what is Central?
Central is a cloud hosted system,
which allows you to manage your models
and scientific data in a single environment.
Within this environment,
you have the opportunity to version track information
and consistently update information
with time while actively communicating on it.
So, you also have the chance to actively view, comment,
analyze models and data to make decisions together on it.
Well, all the while keeping the intelligence,
around all of these processes and steps auditable.
We essentially have the opportunity to go back in time
and to understand or to remember why decisions were made
at certain points of time.
Central becomes the way
in which we can visualize our conceptual models.
And it brings all different teams together,
as it doesn’t where you’re located,
whether it’s at the project site,
whether it’s on the other side of the world
or whether it’s simply working from your home offices.
And it brings people together
who might typically work in silos,
such as drillers, reservoir engineers, consultants,
all the way through to investors,
possible governments and municipalities,
communities and project managers all in the one place,
which is Central.
With collaboration at the forefront of our minds,
Seequent recognizes that different individuals,
use different software package.
And it’s for that reason that we equipped Central
with a data room.
This is a space where you can store any type of data.
So, if you have models or meshes,
coming from other software packages,
you can store them here along with maybe GIS objects,
your well data or whatever it is that you have
that is project specific.
And if it’s a mesh then,
and if it’s a mesh that Leapfrog recognizes,
then you have the ability to integrate it directly
from the data room into your modeling environment
of Leapfrog Geothermal.
So, when working from home,
especially during peak Netflix time
or remotely from areas with the bandwidth
is definitely decreased
and we see an issue with transferring large projects,
can be very time consuming, not very effective.
we have the ability to actively view
and analyze those models in a very light environment.
you have the opportunity to only upload and download
the incremental changes from one version to the next.
So, what this means
is that instead of uploading an entire project,
every single time for someone to access,
you’re simply publishing and uploading the work
that you did in that incremental change.
That not only allows you to save time and bandwidth,
it also allows you to assure efficient use of your space
of where these models are actually stored.
And this also works in the reverse.
So, when you download a project
and you’re also only download
the updated incremental changes to your hard drive.
So, how does it actually work?
Central has three different gateways
for which you can access your data
and visualize the information
that is placed into the cloud hosted system.
One of the first gateways
is one many of you are familiar with,
being Leapfrog Geothermal,
where you can actively publish
or download and upload into the cloud hosted space.
Also it’s a space
where you can actively pull other people’s objects,
such as clay cap boundaries into your model
and integrate them directly,
into the conceptual model itself.
The browser is the communication platform
and this can be seen in some ways
as the heart of the entire Central environment
that we’ve created.
It’s the communication platform
where you have the opportunity
to open your model first thing in the morning
and realize what everybody has been up to.
It’s here where we have the opportunity
to visualize the models,
visualize our colleagues models
and to annotate them or within the 3D environment.
This allows us to truly discuss
what the next steps are in the modeling process.
And last gateway that we have is the Central Portal.
It has two particular purposes to it.
The first is to give your colleagues access to the projects
and to securely state how they’re going to integrate
with these projects or collaborate with these projects.
Because as we know,
security is something that’s very important,
particularly if we are going to be sharing our projects
with third parties.
The portal is a web environment,
so it is easily accessible by everyone,
even if they’re not necessarily a part of your company
as I did mention,
you want to share your projects with consultants,
you do have the ability to give them permission to do so
and you’re not necessarily giving them access
to your entire server
or having to connect directly,
into your company’s personal server.
It’s also where you can access
the project specific data room,
which I’ve already touched on.
And this allows you as well to directly integrate
with the Leapfrog environment.
So, we’re going to take the next little while,
having a look at all of these different components
and how we navigate them
as well as how we can actively integrate our workflows
and the flow of our data from one to the other,
bringing it all together.
Coming into the Central browser.
And the browser is a desktop application
which creates the environment as a communication platform
or the communication environment within Central.
The first thing that we do when we come in
is we want to sign in with my Seequent ID
and then this will populate all of the different servers
that we have been given permission to access.
To connect we simply click on it
and this will populate the number of projects
that you have available within your Central Portal.
These are all grouped based on location.
So, to come in
and look into one in a little bit more detail,
we simply click on it.
This is going to open up our history tab
and the history tab gives us a broad overview
of the entire audit history to the progress of the model.
Here we have the dots on the left-hand side
and each one of these points represents a version
of that project in time.
We then have a full commentary associated
with each of these projects,
which allow us to have a quick reference
to understand why these decisions have been made.
The other really useful thing is the stage label.
And this is something that is completely customizable
to your workflows and your company’s specific categories
that you choose to set up.
The benefit of the stage label once again
is you can use it for this audit process
and progress of a project
as it moves through the different stages,
within the organization.
So, on the far left hand side,
you do see we have a branching structure.
And typically what was found with most of our clients
is we tend to have a master’s project approach
on left-hand side here.
And then from this master project,
we end up with these different branches
and these branches are useful for many different things.
it allows us to pinpoint or separate out to be able to focus
on different aspects,
different purposes of why it is
that we’re building our models.
it could be that we want to separate our project out,
into different locations
or small scale models compared to the regional scale model.
It could be as in this example,
we want to separate out our project,
into different disciplines,
so that we have different groups such as the geophysicist,
having their own branch or model,
the geologists, the well planners.
And then in the master’s project,
all of these different disciplines,
can end up coming together to work in the same space.
particularly when we get these very large scale projects,
we can utilize Central
to strip down the different aspects that are important,
such as hypothesis testing
and only pull out the actual information or data
that’s important to be able to achieve that.
On the right hand side,
we have more detail about these projects.
So for example,
we can see all the different objects
which are available to view and we can come in
and we can have a look at a summary
of the detail that’s available for us to look at.
We also see a summary of our annotations
and this is a commentary of everything that has
or the conversations that have taken place
at this point in time.
So, it means that one year from now,
you’ll be able to look back
and you’ll be able to understand why that decision
has taken place.
If we click on this,
it would take us to our 3D environment
and the visualization of our objects in 3D
is very similar to what you may be familiar with
The benefit of this is
it means that all of our conversations
that we have in those annotations,
are taking place once again in that 3D place,
rather than continuing moving from 3D to 2D and back again,
which can be quite confusing at times.
We have the ability to reply to our colleagues comments
or alternatively we can create our own thread of comments.
And these comments,
can take place around a 3D coordinate or location,
meaning that you don’t have to write out
these full paragraphs trying to explain exactly the location
that you’re wanting to talk about.
having to create a name for a fault
or describe exactly what fault it is
that you’re wanting to discuss the offset on.
The other aspect that we have
is the ability to add in annotations.
And this allows us to upload all of the reports
or all of the documents as you can see,
which support the conversations
that have taken place around them.
We also have the ability to link in to URLs, to websites
or to serves for quick reference to the data as well.
And one of the benefits that we’ve found of the annotations
is our customers have actually been really creative
in the way in which they’ve implemented this.
And some of them have even taken it to the point
where it’s a full reporting feature
and there’s been able to go completely paperless.
On the left-hand side,
it allows us to review our models.
So, we can look at our objects
and for those of you as I mentioned,
who are used to working with Leapfrog,
this should be reasonably familiar to you.
We can turn on objects.
The extra advantage of the Central browser
is it allows you to export your data.
And we can see that we have the ability
to export this data in a huge range of different formats.
This opens up a lot of possibilities
in terms of the working relationship
that you have with people who typically work
in other software or outside of the company.
And it’s particularly handy
if you’re wanting to share your models with consultants,
with partners or companies who are required to review
the progress that you’ve made on your project
or simply internal customers
who are using external software.
The added advantage of incorporating time into the browser
is also the ability to compare
how it has changed through time
and the auditability that comes with that.
At the bottom,
we can click and we can see how these objects
or how this whole project has changed with time.
And because it is not having to upload
or publish all of the objects all the time,
it’s simply caches those objects,
it means that it’s generally really fast in download speeds.
The other part of collaboration and comparing,
can be found up at the top.
And this allows us to compare two iterations
of the same models with time.
So, for example here I can see I have the project before
and then I’ll just turn off the topography.
Here we can see the endosite as well as the wells.
And we can see those objects,
the wells which were drilled prior
and those which we’ll drill during the drilling campaign,
very recent drilling campaign.
And we can see straight away the impact
that change has had on the endosite in this case
or on the volume of our lithology
and on the understanding of our conceptual model.
And naturally the next thing
that you’re going to be wanting to do from here
is to communicate and discuss that with your colleagues.
So, we have the ability to add in annotations within this.
So, to summarize,
the browser is the space for our communication
to take place.
It’s also the main place where you can quickly go
and have a look at the audit trail,
the changes and understanding
or remembering why those decisions had taken place
at that point in time.
So, the next thing that I’m going to do
is I’m going to take you into the portal
and the web portal will allow us to have a look
at the administration aspect of Central.
So, this is now opening up my web browser,
because the Central Portal is hosted on a website.
And if you remember the portal has two applications,
the first one is the administrator aspect of it,
where we can come in and manage all of our different users.
We can also invite new users through the Seequent ID
to participate within the modeling community that we have.
And we can securely define how each person
has access to each of the individual projects that we have.
We can come in and define for them to be a viewer.
So, this is someone who will have access
to all of the browser capabilities and functionality
that I’ve just taken you through.
It’s someone who wants to analyze
and make comments on the model like a project manager
or it could also be a third party
who you’re wanting to share the project with.
To an extent it could also be for example,
the funding managers and organizations
who you are connecting and sharing the progress
of your model with
and the produce of your project with.
The other type is an editor or a project owner.
And this is your modeler.
This is someone who is using and connecting,
integrating with Central, with Leapfrog Geothermal,
they will be doing the modeling process
and then publishing the different iterations
and the different versions
that you saw in the branching structure with time
as the project continues.
The second aspect is the finding information associated
with the project.
So, if they come down to exactly the same project
that we were looking at earlier on and as I mentioned,
this is a mining example of the project,
but what we first get is a broad overview
of the different components,
just as we saw in the browser associated
with what has happened within this project.
The aspect I want to show you here with the Central Portal
is this Files tab.
And this is the data room that we were talking about.
We can set up and structure this any way we want.
We have the ability to create folders
and upload any type of data that we have associated
with that project.
So, you can kind of think of it similar to the way
in which you may use Dropbox.
If we come in
and we click through some of these file structure
that we have,
the added bonus that we get with the data room
is we can store our files with version control,
meaning that our objects
or our files are essentially place one on top of the other,
based on the latest iteration of that project.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you don’t remove the access
to when you have the older versions.
We can see here,
we can still access,
we can still download
and open up all of those different files,
but the benefit and the efficiencies that we gain in this
is we have the ability
to now find what is the latest version of that file.
The other part is the link that we have
with the data room to Leapfrog Geothermal.
Now at this stage,
this is with all of our meshes or our surfaces objects
that we have uploaded into the data portal.
And through Leapfrog Geothermal,
we can pull these directly
from the data room into our model project.
And because we have this version control
and this history associated with those meshes
in the data room,
it means that we get notified as the modelers
if there is a new version that has been updated
and we can very, very quickly
and efficiently update that surface,
within the modeling environment
to the latest version that has been brought in
to the data room.
And this is what I’m going to take you through now.
The third gateway that I’m going to be taking you through
is the integration of our modeling software,
Leapfrog with Central.
And this is how all of the active modelers will publish
and look at those projects that are stored within Central.
the first thing that we need to do
is we need to sign into our Seequent ID
and then this will populate all the servers
that you have access to.
We click on it and it will connect into the Central server.
And this will highlight,
all of the different active Central projects
that you have available set out into the groups,
based off the different locations.
So, let’s go back into our geothermal systems project.
And we see here,
we have exactly the same project history
and with the auditability and the tree,
all of the comments that we did see,
through our entire interaction with this project in Central.
And one of the other benefits that we see in this tab,
within Leapfrog is all of those annotations,
collaboration and comments that have been made
by our colleagues,
also come through into the Leapfrog environment.
So, it means not only does the modeling
and communication take place in 3D,
but also that communication back to the modeler,
can take place in 3D as well.
So, you can click on this
and it will take you to exactly the same environment
in which the person was looking at
when they were making the comment.
And then you can do your analysis on it.
Maybe make some changes to the model
and reply back to your colleagues.
So, they can have a look at the work that you have done.
The other thing we have set up within here
and I’ve talked a little bit about this before,
are the different branches
and I guess the different purposes to these branches.
Within this project,
we have it set up,
based off the different disciplines as such,
associated with the geothermal model or project.
we have a master geology or conceptual model branch
and then coming off this we have a geophysics branch
and we also have a well planning branch
and then we have the drilling branch.
So, in this case,
while the drilling has taken place,
we see the small iterations and changes to the model
or the conceptual model
as new data has been added in very quickly.
And the benefit of Central in the workflows
that I’m about to show you
is that you can completely leverage off,
having this as a separate branch
to then incorporate it back into the master’s project,
once you finished the proper analysis and QC
to all of that data.
This really does allow you
to take that full representation
of your colleagues’ work into your own project
and in your environment that you’re working on,
without having to do all of that work once again,
and almost start from scratch.
So, the first thing that we’re going to do
is obviously download the project.
So, when we work on Central,
we actually store the project
that we’re doing the modeling on,
on our local hard drive.
And this completely removes any issues
that you may have with bandwidth
and any challenges that you may have with misconnections.
This also means that the only time
that you need to have that connection with Central
is when you are publishing that project back.
So, when are you going to come in and have a look
at the model and here I have a lithology model,
which has been completed and sourced by my,
from the model, sorry, that my colleague has done.
And this is all completed within the Meshes folder.
So, what we have when we right click now
is an important mesh from Central option.
And this allows us to go into any project
that we have in Central
and select meshes from that project.
So, I can go into any branch
that my colleagues have been working on
and I can select any mesh from those projects.
Alternatively, I also have a direct link into the data room
and I can import at the bottom here,
any of the formats that we accept
from those meshes files located within the data room.
And I’ve already set some up for you.
We see here that we have the sub folders,
allowing us to organize it.
We have some lithology,
which has been imported from my colleagues model
and I also have some fault surfaces,
which have also been imported from my colleagues model.
I’ve then been able to take with this lithology
and completely build another GM,
within my Leapfrog environment.
And this has been built directly from those surfaces.
And here in the same,
we can see the output volumes from those.
The benefit of this
and one of the biggest benefits of Central
is it recognizes when there is a different version
or a newer version available of those objects.
So, we notice here that we have the little clock
on these meshes
and this means that there is a newer version of that mesh,
where my colleagues gone in and did some work,
further work on that mesh.
And I can simply bring the newer version into my model
and it will dynamically update everything
that is associated with it.
And I do this by right clicking on it.
And I can either select the latest version of that mesh
or I can select from any other version of that surface
that is located within the project tree.
And this opens up a huge range of different workflows.
we might have the geophysicist working on all of their data,
but then I might want to incorporate the analysis
or the clay cap into my project
to gain the understanding of it.
I may be the reservoir engineer
and I might want to bring in all the geology model
or the temperature data that has been built into my model
and use this to then inform the evaluations
or the rock types in the TOUGH2 grid
that we have with the integration with TOUGH2.
Or I could simply be planning a well
and bring in from the masters project
or the geology project once again,
all the different aspects that are important,
the areas that we’re wanting to target
and plan my well within Leapfrog.
Then as time continues,
maybe six months, maybe a year,
I can then come in and update the model.
And it is all dynamically linked throughout the project.
Just like anything else that we have within Leapfrog.
So, once we’ve made changes to our project,
we then want to publish back into Central.
And for this,
the first thing that we need to do
is we need to choose what are the different objects
that we want people to be able to see within the browser.
And so if I come into the browser,
let me show you the browser once again,
these are all of the options
that I can give my colleagues and my peers,
the ability to look at and analyze within the same.
So, I have full control over the security
or even just paring down and tidying up.
What are the different aspects
that I’m wanting to portray in the browser to my colleagues?
We then need to choose the stage
and in this case,
I’m just going to select an experimental stage.
And then we have the option of publishing
the geothermal project or simply just the objects.
And once again,
this is all related to the size
and how much data you’re actually wanting to publish.
When we do choose to publish the project,
there are some really smart technology
that has been put in place.
Not only does it compact the project quite significantly,
but we have the ability
to also publish an unprocessed project,
which completely downsizes
the size of that project even further.
From here, we then choose the branch
if we just going to publish the next stage
or next version of that project
or if we’re going to branch out from that
and this is something that you can get in contact with us
and we can help you work through
and really starting to understand exactly
what that workflow could look like
or recommend to look like for,
to help you in making those decisions.
Obviously we put in some comments about our thoughts
and the reasons why we’ve gone in
and done what we have done
and then this will publish up to Central.
So, that takes us to the end of our demonstration.
And to summarize what we have covered a little bit,
Central focuses on creating the collaboration
in version control environment.
It allows you to build a new culture,
amongst your team members,
particularly when working remotely.
And the Central browser in particular,
along with the annotations within the 3D space,
allow you to truly keep everyone actively connected
and create a community despite everyone being elsewhere.
It gives you an idea of consistent updates
and always lets you know when changes have taken place.
And it’s because of this
that you can really create a consistent audit trail,
around all of these decisions that need to happen.
Part of the new culture,
can look at how you test different ideas and peer review.
We have the ability of setting up different stages
of monitoring of our projects
and the different stages of modeling.
So, we can see here that someone is working on the project
and then once they have peer reviewed
and finally QC-ed all of the data,
we then have the final update that has been approved.
And once again, this process can repeat itself.
We also have the ability
to specify completely different workspaces.
So, over on the right,
we have the scenario testing workflow
where we have some branches
that people have tested different ideas
and looked at different conceptual models
of the subsurface.
And in the end after discussions have taken place,
understanding of all of the data,
they have then decided on one major branch.
The other workflows that we’re seeing
with the ability to separate out our individual workspaces
is the collaboration and integration
of different disciplinary teams.
So, here we have an example on the left
where we have our reservoir engineering team,
communicating and collaborating with the geological model
or the geoscience team.
We have a main branch,
which is the geological conceptual model.
And then as the flow simulations have been brought in
and integrated into the Leapfrog model,
we can see the different thinking process
and different hypothesis testing
and have a look at the difference.
So, what we can see here is the main branch,
we have the geological model,
which is not only used as the pre-processing stage.
We can also see the integration and importing
of the completed run flow simulation into the 3D space.
Now, here we can see,
we have different scenario testing of those numerical models
and also the different comparison,
during the history matching process.
The other very common workflow that we do see
is the integration between the geoscience team
and the drilling.
And for this,
not only is it important during the well planning phase
to have you communicating and collaborating a lot better,
but during drilling,
it means we can do these interim updates very, very quickly
and easily with our model.
And as I said in the morning,
the next day you can come in and you can quickly have a look
and see what the updates
of the previous days drilling have been
to then actively make any new decisions
that need to be made while you’re drilling.
And of course,
what we also have is the ability to truly cross collaborate
by introducing someone else’s work into the project
with a live link.
Now, I’ve already gone through the example
where we can bring in the drilling information,
into a master project
or we can also bring
in the reservoir engineering information.
Here, we see that we have our geophysical information.
So, it could be that we incorporate the clay cap
or that we incorporate infield faults,
into our master project.
At Seequent we’re always trying to think about what is next
and what more can we develop
to enable you to make those decisions
that you need to make more effectively and efficiently.
In terms of Central,
the biggest focus for us is around the collaboration
and communication aspects that it brings.
And so here you can see a little bit of a sneak peek
to what we are going to bring out
in the April-May release coming out in a few weeks.
And the big thing for this is the notifications.
So, you will have the ability to structure
and set up the way in which you are being notified
to any changes that take place
with your projects within Central.
It means that you can come in
and you can choose to receive notifications,
associated with either revisions or branches,
the collaborations or annotations
as well as the different users.
And you can also personalize this,
based off the different projects that you have.
This is really important,
because it could be that you are actively focusing
on one specific project,
which you want to see the updates for.
And the others you might not necessarily be as important
or as focused on at that point in time.
And so we don’t necessarily want to clog up your emails
or make you overwhelmed with everything that is happening.
You can also choose
how you receive each of these notifications,
whether it’s through the app or whether it’s via your email.
So, that concludes our webinar for today.
If you do have any questions
or you are interested in seeing
how Central can help support
and create the collaborative environment
that was spoken about within your organization,
please feel free to reach out
to any of our Geothermal Energy representatives,
around the world.
And if you do want to know a little bit more information,
you can also go to our website, sequent.com.
Thank you for your time and for joining us today.
And we hope to be able to see you again,
next time at Seequent.