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Stephen Donovan
Central Technical Specialist – Seequent


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<v Stephen>So, yeah. Thank you for joining me.</v>

This is a presentation on Central.

My name is Stephen Donovan.

I’m the Central Technical Specialist

here in North America for Seequent.

And what I’m going to do is just take you through

a very brief introduction to Central,

with a focus on the features from 4.0.

So as I said before, my name is Stephen Donovan.

I’m the Central Technical Specialist here at Seequent.

I do have a background in geoscience,

firstly, working as a geophysicist for Fugro

and then as a geologist with BHP.

Throughout my career,

I was constantly struggling with data management

and figuring out where the best source of this truth

would be, who’s got the latest version of the model,

and it’s been a passion of mine

to sort of improve the technology that we use

to try and make this a seamless experience

and work together as a team.

And that’s what Central is really all about.

So Central itself, it’s a cloud-based data management

and model management system that allows you and your team

to work from a single source of truth.

It’s not just about the technical aspect though,

of having geologists and geophysicists

and other geo scientists working on holistic model,

but also about bringing the team together.

And through Central,

you can connect through with third parties, reviewers,

and other stakeholders

that need to be kept up to date with your model.

So it’s really a two-piece solution.

One is the technology side

and having access to the latest version of that data.

Being able to converge and control your models,

but also about communicating those changes.

And of course, we’re not just working in silos

whenever we’re creating a model it’s for a business purpose,

and we need to be able to communicate

those technical findings.

So how does Central actually work?

Well, as I mentioned before,

Central is a cloud hosting solution.

It’s hosted on Microsoft Azure’s servers

and it’s administrated by us.

The way that we access that

is through three different gateways,

the first of which there is our modeling applications.

So the desktop apps that you’re used to

such as Leapfrog and a Oasis montaj.

We have an API that connects to Central,

so that as we’re doing our modeling work

and we get to a position where we’re ready to share

some results, we can then publish that to Central.

The application they’re in the middle

called the Central Browser

is another standalone desktop application

that links to Central,

and it’s really a place where you can review

model revisions, be able to collaborate with your team

by commenting on models, attaching files,

and extracting data as you need it.

And then finally, the third piece to this puzzle

is the Central Portal.

So that’s the web application

that can be accessed through any web browser.

And it’s a place where you would administrate your projects

and user access to be able to send

and receive notifications,

upload any of the data to the data room.

And again, we can visualize and annotate our models

through the Central Portal.

So what I’m going to do now

is just jump straight into a practical demonstration

and I’m going to start with the Central Portal

and web visualization.

So here we are in the Central Portal,

and I’ve just launched up Google Chrome here.

And I’m viewing a model

that’s already being published to Central.

So this is a new feature of Central 4.0, web-base.

And what it means is that we can bring on other team members

or non-technical people

to communicate our modeling decisions

without them having to download another piece of software,

another application.

The real power is through comments.

So I can open my comments up here on the right-hand side.

And I can an add a comment to this model

if I wanted to review a particular drill hole

or a section here.

In addition to just being able to add comments

like in, I had to mention particular colleagues,

which is then going to send them a notification

to bring them directly into the loop.

But you can see here,

I’ve already got this comments panel open.

I’ve got a few comments that I’ve been made

onto this particular model revision in the cloud.

I can simply click on the thumbnail

associated with that comment to load up those same objects

that that person had loaded at the time.

And then I can reply to that

to keep the conversation in the one place.

So it’s really about keeping the conversation and the data

all in the same location in the cloud

so that we can easily review each other’s work

and keep that discussion going.

I could even copy this URL if I wanted to

and send it to a colleague

if I wanted to link them directly into this place,

in web-base.

So if you’re familiar with Leapfrog,

the interface here might look quite familiar to you.

We have our projects tree up on the left-hand side here

where I can choose additional data

to add into my scene view, to help tell that story.

I also have a few extra tools in web-base

such as being able to slice a model.

And then I can always change

some of these slicing parameters,

maybe make that a little bit thicker,

and step through the model

with the usual keyboard shortcuts.

So web visualization can be accessed in a few ways.

You can either send a link, as I mentioned before,

or I’d mentioned, if you were tagged in a comment,

you’d receive an email and an in-app notification.

So our notifications panel has been improved

and its access through the portal with this bell icon here.

And you can see I’ve got a few notifications.

Any of these relating to a comment,

I can simply click on that

and it’s going to take me to the project

that that comment relates to.

And again, straight into the web visualization.

If I was to head back into the projects panel

inside of the portal,

this is where I can see all of the projects

that I’ve got access to.

So I could search for a project that I’m interested in,

head into the project space by clicking on the tile.

And here on the Overview page,

I can see a succinct history of the various revisions

that model has been through.

And again, if I was interested

in any of these particular revisions,

say this resource branch revision,

and I want it to visualize some of that data quickly,

I could just click on the ID from the Overview page.

And again, it’s taking me back into web visualization

where I can choose some objects to live up.

So that’s web visualization.

It’s a great place for bringing your team members on board

to a conversation,

collaborating with them through notifications and comments,

but a lot of you wanted to do

a bit more of a thorough review of your model revisions,

well then that’s when the Central Browser comes into play.

It’s that second desktop application I showed you

on the slide.

And I’ll just launch that now.

So here we are in the Central Browser,

and you can see I’ve got quite a bit more metadata

around each of these project revisions.

If we look on the left-hand side here,

I can see how a model has evolved throughout time

from its first revision of the bottom of this tree,

all the way to its most recent revision at the top.

And as I highlight over any of these revisions,

you’ll see the details panel updates

here on the right-hand side

where I can see each individual object

that’s being published along with that revision.

And again, I can interrogate some more of the metadata

inside of that.

So say I was interested in the number of drill holes

in this revision, I can click on the assay table,

have a look at the number of drill holes

and the total length of drawing.

I can also visualize our data in the Central Browser

and add comments,

but if you were wanting to consume some information

directly from the browser, you can do that too,

such as if you had a customer of your geological model,

that wanted to be kept up to date with the latest version,

they could subscribe to that project

to receive the notifications

and then come into the Central Browser

and simply right click

on some of these geological modeling objects

and export those.

We can export into a variety of formats as well,

including common mining formats, DXF data mining files.

So that’s the communication piece

and being able to review the model history,

but a lot of us on the call now

are probably more technically minded

in the actual modeling space itself.

So you’re wondering how does it interact with Leapfrog?

So let me launch Leapfrog Geo here.

And again,

I’ve got a project open where I can see the project history,

the full revisions here,

and I’ve got the most recent version of this model

downloaded and opened.

So those annotations that my colleagues were making

in web visualization or through the Central Browser,

they don’t just get stuck into a database

and not used.

I, as a modeler, could review those comments up here

in the top right panel

and I can to load up again, any of these scenes.

So for instance,

Jenina here is asking to review a thickness

of a particular modeling object.

I could click on the thumbnail associated with that comment

load all those objects,

and then they’re going to be loaded up in Leapfrog Geo

with that geo tag placed exactly where the conversation

that I was referring to.

So I can come into Leapfrog Geo,

make any necessary edits that I need to the model,

hop back onto the Central Project tab,

and then reply to that comment to mark it off as complete

or continue that discussion and tag someone else

that needs to action something with that model.

So it really is this 360 sort of feedback loop

with your modeling, your technical team,

and your non-technical sort of managers and reviewers

to be able to be kept up to date

with how a model is progressing,

where the latest versions coming in,

and having these conversations attached

to those modeling revisions.

So that was a really brief overview of Central.

I’d like to basically just summarize those key points here.

The Central Portal, it’s really a team shared workspace

that ties Seequent desktop applications

with the cloud microservices,

such as web visualizations and notifications

to be able to connect teams together

so we’re all on the same page.

As you shared workspace, Central could be relied upon

wherever you are in the world,

which is very pertinent these days

with this disconnected nature of how we’re all working.

So whether you’re a modeler or a non-technical stakeholder,

you can share the same view, discuss, and test scenarios

to be able to make these confident decisions

about your projects.

So I’d really liked to encourage any questions

that might come up or I can unmute you

if you would like to have a discussion with me

about any of these points I’ve just made.

<v Ann>If anyone has questions,</v>

feel free to type them in the question box.

I am Ann Belanger. I work at Seequent.

I am monitoring this if any questions come in.

I guess in the meantime, Stephen,

you know, everyone’s getting used to the…

Not everyone,

some people are still getting used to the cloud.

How would you address any questions

regarding security concerns of Central?

<v Stephen>Yeah, but that’s a really good question,</v>

and it’s one that comes up quite a bit.

So of course, a lot of companies are migrating to the cloud,

but there’s a very big concern,

which is a good concern about data security.

So like I mentioned before,

Central is actually hosted on Microsoft Azure servers.

So we do leverage of Microsoft’s best in industry

data security practices.

Servers themselves,

only a select few people can access them.

All of the data is sent encrypted

and all of the data is owned by you.

So none of the Seequent staff can access the data

without you actually inviting us to that server.

But if there are any other questions,

follow up questions about data security,

I’ve got a good document here

with a frequently asked questions for our team managers,

and I’ll be more than happy to send that on

to anyone that’s interested.

<v Ann>Well, that’s good to know.</v>

Yeah. Good for a lot of different companies.

And then do you have any suggestions on a specific workflow

people should follow?

And after this I see Alfonzo Rodriguez has a question,

but first is there specific workflow

people might follow with Central?

<v Stephen>That’s a question too.</v>

So there’s no specific set workflow that you should follow.

What we’ve done with Central,

is we’ve built a bunch of tools to enable you

to sort of creatively come up with a workflow

that works best for your team.

So whether that’s splitting out a very large model

into subsequent smaller parts,

having different geologists working on separate domains,

such as possibly like a structural model

versus an alteration model,

and then bringing it back together,

we can facilitate any of these sorts of scenarios.

But it’s really best if we can get onto a phone call

basically to understand your current workflow,

and we’d be more than happy

to talk through some sort of recommended workflows

from there.

<v Ann>Yeah. Yeah. That makes sense.</v>

Like each company will sort of have something different

that works for them.

So again, anyone attending,

if you have a question feel free to ask.

Alfonso’s question is…

Or feel free to type it in the question box on the right.

So Alfonso’s question is,

are there any issues for remote projects

working on satellite connection?

<v Stephen>That’s a great question.</v>

So we do have clients working with satellite connections,

and Central is built in such a way that

it’s going to send the data in incremental chunks.

So regardless of how strong your internet connection is

or how much bandwidth you have,

we’ll still be able to publish and download data.

Although of course,

the performance is completely dependent on the connection.

So from a stability standpoint, it’s not an issue,

but the performance will obviously degrade

with the lower speeds that you have on site.

But we do offer a month trials with Central.

So if that’s a concern of yours,

then by all means we can spin up trial and we can test this

to see if it’s suitable for your working environment.

<v Ann>Okay, great.</v>

That’s all I can see for user questions.

So I guess back to you, Stephen to sort of tie things up.

<v Stephen>Yeah. Thank you.</v>

Well, I guess if anyone wants to follow up,

they are more than welcome.

So thank you very much for attending.

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