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Central Technical Specialist – Seequent
<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,
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,
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.
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…
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.
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
<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.