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During this demo, we show you how you can easily visualize your geoscientific data in Target for ArcGIS Pro.

We will show you various ways of importing data combined with 2D and 3D visualization. Come check out what’s included in the latest release of Target for ArcGIS Pro!



Kanita Khaled
Geophysicist – Seequent


25 min

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<v Kanita>My name is Kanita Khaled.</v>

Welcome to our live demo

for Target for ArcGIS Pro importing and visualizing data.

So, today we’ll be talking about how to import

and visualize your drillhole and subsurface data

in Target for ArcGIS Pro.

We’re going to keep it fairly high level,

give you the highlights,

but I’d be happy to go over any specific functionalities,

either one-on-one, afterward as well.

Okay. So, my name is Kanita Khaled.

I’m a Geophysicist here at Seequent

based in our North America branch, in Toronto.

My training is in geophysics,

primarily out of the mining and exploration industries,

and here at Seequent,

I work within our technical team for most parts,

but I do often also collaborate

with our other business units.

Okay, so with introductions now out of the way

let’s dive right into the demo.

I am going to turn off my video camera here

just to accommodate a bit more bandwidth while this streams.

And I’m going to dive right into the application, ArcGIS Pro.

Okay. So, here is a blank map of ArcGIS Pro.

I can see that I have my Target pane up at the top

and I am signed in with my Seequent ID

and that’s required to access the functions

that are within the Target ribbon.

(clears throat)

On the left hand side of the Target ribbon,

I can see the import group

and this import group is what allows me

to import in a variety of data types into my project.

I can import in Geosoft Grids

and convert them into raster files.

I can import in subsurface mesh data

in the format of OMF or Geosoft surface files.

And the last category here is drillhole data,

which is what we will be importing in to start off today.

The first way to import drillhole data

is to import either as an Excel

or an Access file, pretty common format.

You can also import drillhole data with an ODBC connection,

either hosted locally or on your network.

And you can also import in text files

in the format of ASCII or CSV files.

Now, if your organization logs your drillhole data

using programs like acQuire or MX Deposit,

you can import data directly from those programs in

right into the ArcGIS Pro environment as well.

And finally, if you have preexisting Geosoft Target project,

the entire project can be directly imported into ArcGIS Pro.

So, today let’s focus on the import process

from MX Deposit into Target for ArcGIS Pro.

I’m going to flip over to my browser

where I have MX Deposit

and load it up.

So, we’ll sidestep a little bit here

to talk about MX Deposit very briefly.

Here I’m logged into the MX Deposit program online

on my browser.

If you’re unfamiliar with MX Deposit

it’s a cloud-based logging application.

It is an offering within the Seequent family of products

and it’s designed to help mining and exploration companies

simplify and modernize their drilling program.

It allows you to log drillhole data anywhere in the world,

as long as you have internet

and it also has remote capture options

if you don’t have internet access.

And the integration of Target for ArcGIS Pro with Deposit,

essentially allows you to very efficiently

import in drillhole projects

from this cloud-based environment

directly into the ArcGIS Pro environment.

And so for this to work,

you need to ensure that you’re logged in

with your Seequent ID

that contains the subscription for both Deposit

and Target for ArcGIS Pro.

So here I’m logged in to my web browser

with my Seequent ID

and from the project summary page,

I can see all of the drillhole projects

that I’ve been given access to by my organization.

So, these projects listed up here,

these are projects that I’ve been granted access to.

And on this list I can see Wolfpass,

is listed as one of the projects.

And this is the project that I want to bring

into Target for ArcGIS Pro today.

Below I can see a few filters

and these are simply different activities

associated with each of these drilling programs,

so core logging, RC logging and so on.

Okay. Let’s switch back to ArcGIS Pro.

So I have my data in MX Deposit

or logged in MX deposit

and I want to bring all of that in to ArcGIS Pro.

So to do that I would head over to the import group

and under drillhole data

I can select MX Deposit

and this brings up the MX Deposit importing function.

I can type in the name of my project,

so the project I’m bringing in is Wolfpass,

and type that in.

And because this is connected to my Seequent ID,

when I select this dropdown list here

of the Deposit projects,

I can see indeed Wolfpass is listed as one of the projects.


So, now I simply have to go in

and choose one of the activities that are listed

and for our purposes we’re going to bring in core logging,

so the drillholes.

And finally, because this is a coordinates aware system

you’ll need to spatially reference your project

before bringing it in.

So once I click run,

this will essentially start the import process.

It’s going to go ahead and look the project up on the cloud

logged in MX Deposit

and then import it into the ArcGIS Pro environment here.

So, keeping in mind time here,

I’ve already imported this project in to ArcGIS Pro.

And if I were to click on run,

this would finish that import

and then I would be able to visualize my drillhole data.

So let me zoom in.

And so here I can see in 2D view.

I have my colors, I have my drill traces in plan view

and I can see the color names as well.

So this is somewhere in Colombia.

If I wanted to, I could take the scene from this 2D map view

and select this new drillhole scene option

that would take me into a 3D view.

So here we’re working with both 2D and 3D environments

and so here in the 3D view

I can then rotate

my project scene

and visualize that project there in 3D.

I can turn around, inspect my data from various angles

from top, north, south, et cetera.

There’s a couple of handy preset options

that you can select to set your view.

So at this point I’ve also brought in things

like my drillhole data that are categorical or numerical.

I can start to load those things as well

from the add to map, drillhole data tool.

And this essentially gives me a dropdown

of all the down hole attributes

that I have with this project.

So, my lithology, my assay.

So if I wanted to start visualizing these attributes

I simply toggle it on

and once I click on apply

that would then load

that particular lithology group on my scene.

So that it’s just taking a second there to load.

But yeah, all of your data here is organized like this.

You can see under assay, I have my gold, my copper,

and the way to visualize these data attributes,

would simply need to toggle them on and then press apply.

And that would then load it up to your 3D scene like this.

So there’s my lithology data

and of course you can click on each of these segments here

just to check out exactly what attribute is related

to the point that you just clicked on your screen.

And similarly, I could do the same for my assay data.

Okay. Let’s view this from top.

What else can I bring in other than drillhole data?

So other than drillhole data

I’m also able to visualize raster data

and I can do this by bringing in Geosoft Grids.

So, if I click on this Geosoft Grid option

and I want to bring in topography data

that I have over this area.

I could simply browse to my folder

that contains that topography dataset

and selecting run would take that topography dataset

that’s in Oasis montaj grid file format

and convert it into a raster dataset

that I can visualize in context with my project.

So there’s that topography data again,

because this is in a 3D view

it’s just draped right on top

of my 3D high elevation surface here.

So with the import grid option

you can bring in other relevant grid of data,

if you have your physics,

(indistinct) geophysics survey

or ground geochemistry for example,

you could bring that in.

One other feature that I want to talk to about today

from the import group here is the subsurface mesh data tool.

So using the subsurface mesh data tool

I can import in geological or other subsurface data

directly into my drillhole scene and project.

I can do this in the format of OMF files,

which are open mining format files,

or Geosoft surface files.

So, for example, I have my gold grid shells

that were created in Oasis montaj

and I can export that out

from Oasis montaj into an OMF format

and bring that directly in to Target for ArcGIS Pro.

So let’s find this file that contains my gold shells.

So here it is.

So this is in an OMF format.

I would need to specify the coordinate system.

And then once I select run,

this is going to take this OMF file format

and convert it into a multi-patch object,

a 3D multi-patch object

that can then be visualized in my 3D scene.

So there’s that gold shell from my project.

Enclosing grids of 1.5 grams per ton right onto my scene.

Similarly, I can also visualize geologic surfaces.

So if you create a geological model,

for example in Leapfrog Geo,

and you want to bring that in you could do so.

For example here in red,

I have a gold bearing dacite dike bin system

and this was modeled in Leapfrog Geo

and then brought into Target for ArcGIS Pro.

So, with the subsurface mesh data

I can easily bring in geological data

that can then add context to my project.

I’m going to turn off this layer

and then view my scene from top.

So, you’ve brought in all of this data,

you import it all in,

what else can you do with it?

One data product that’s really common

and widely utilized in the industry,

everyone knows, are cross sections

and we do have the option to create cross sections

using the cross section tool here.

I’m going to close out some of these panels.

When I select the section create tool

in the Target’s ribbon here,

it brings up the section tool

and I can now create a cross section interactively.

So I’m just sketching out the outline of the section

that I want to generate.

And the spread outline then essentially delineates

the extent of this particular section.

And I can create either one

or I could create multiple offset sections.

So here I have now five additional offset sections

and I have these separated at 120 meters.

I could close that gap up, squeeze these guys together.

And you can see those extents updating on the fly.

I can also change other parameters like

the length of my sections.

For example say we want these to be slightly longer,

if I want to change the width of it,

I could change the thickness.

So let’s say 45.

So all of these parameters here are modifiable

even before you make your cross section.

And because this is a 3D environment

you can inspect your cross section

a little bit more before you actually save it.

For example if you’re not happy with

the azimuth of your cross sections

you could rotate that around.

You could change those parameters

and even update the inclination of your cross sections.

So I can see that taking place on the fly here.

And once you’re happy with these, you’re ready to save.

You can go ahead and give it a name.

You can call it section A, zone A

or something like that

and then go ahead and save them.

Saving them essentially would take you

to your section manager,

where you have a host of other sections

that you’ve previously created.

So here I have four sections that I’ve already created.

They’re outlined here in red,

and yes I have this class actually saved,

but I can then use my section view tool

to actually toggle between these sections

and visualize them in a more familiar cross section view.

Once you’re in this view,

you can turn on things like other layers

that you might have in your scene like your lithology

or your gold shells for example.

You’re also able to modify the cross sections.

For example this section here,

if I want to change the length of it,

say I want to make this not as long,

I’ll do 450,

I can see the red outline that is showing me

the new extent that I supplied here.

And once I save, that goes ahead and it saves that update.

And once you’re happy with a cross section like this

you can take this into a layout view

and you can

generate a cross section,

generate a layout that incorporates your cross section

and so something that’s a little bit more publishable

and ready to present either at a news release

or something like that.

So this is just an example of that.

Okay, let’s come out here of the section view

and I wanted to chat with you

about one last functionality here that’s new.

It’s been incorporated within the latest release

of Target for ArcGIS Pro

and that is strip logs.

Strip log as you guys might already know

it’s a down hole plot

and it’s a sequence of geologic features

from a single drillhole.

And by selecting the strip log option here

from the reporting category,

I can select a predefined layout template

for this particular strip log,

and we include this as an example

that you can use to build your strip log,

and from there you simply have to select the hole

that you want to visualize in your strip log.

So let’s take a look at an example

of the kind of strip log report

that you can generate with this tool.

So here I have the strip log for hole WP010

and I can see that using the data strips tool here

I’ve been able to add multiple chart frames or strips

that contain my drilling data.

So, I can visualize my assay results

as bar plots like I have here

or if you like as profiles.

And if you’re looking to visualize their lithology data,

that can also be done using

a predefined color template for your lithology.

And of course each of these charts themes can be modified

and fine tuned with the appearance tool.

And because this was built to leverage ESRI functionalities,

you can add in other things like images or text lines

to really further (indistinct) your layout

and make it your own.

And all of these text, font size,

all of these are modifiable as well

because it is using that native ESRI functionality.

So once you’re happy with your strip log

you can then share it as a PDF.

There’s a host of formats that ESRI allows you to export in

and you can export it out

to a nice publishable strip log report.

So with that I would like to conclude my demo for today.

I’ll just turn on my video here again.

And there are other new improvements to the latest release

of Target for ArcGIS Pro, like drillhole planning

and symbology improvements that I didn’t talk about today.

If you’d like to know more about these features

you can check out

under which you’ll see Target for ArcGIS Pro listed

and I’m also available to take

any questions you might have at this time.

<v Jeff>Hi Kanita, it’s Jeff.</v>

We have a couple of questions coming in here.

Just one moment.

The first question, “Do you need a specific license

of ArcGIS Pro to use Target for ArcGIS Pro?”

<v Kanita>You will be able to run Target for ArcGIS Pro</v>

on all ArcGIS Pro license levels

including the basic as well.

<v Jeff>Okay.</v>

Next question, “You showed some rock color codes.

Can you use your own rock symbology or customize them?”

<v Kanita>Yeah, absolutely.</v>

You are able to import in your own custom rock symbology.

You can do this either as a layer file

which you have previously saved

or you might have it saved in a CSV format.

Typically CMYK, RGB color codes are used for that.

If you have something like that saved

within your rock code library

you could use that as well

and then that way your project uses the same convention

of color codes every time.

<v Jeff>Okay, excellent.</v>

One other question, “Can you plan drillholes

in Target for ArcGIS Pro?”

<v Kanita>Yes.</v>

Yeah, that is one of the key features

of Target for ArcGIS Pro, you can plan drillholes.

There is a drill hole planning tool

that allows you to plan your drill hole

in a variety of different ways.

You can plan it using a color

and a known color location and then a target,

you simply do this interactively

by clicking right onto your section

or your 3D drill hole scene.

And there’s two other methods as well

that are pretty common.

So if you know your target

and you just simply want to back draw the trace

or the drillhole trace,

you could do it that way as well.

So there is a pretty comprehensive

drill hole planning tool available.

<v Jeff>That’s great, thank you.</v>

<v Kanita>Great. Any other questions?</v>

<v Jeff>One other question just came in.</v>

“Can you save cross cutting sections?”

<v Kanita>Yes. So all of the sections</v>

that you create in Target for ArcGIS Pro are saved

and you can access them from your section manager tool,

they’re all saved within here,

after which you can export them out

either within a layout view or within a map,

but all of your sections

are saved within the section manager.

If you have other questions that you think of later

definitely just shoot me an email

at [email protected]

or if you’re already using Target for ArcGIS Pro

you can address any questions related to workflow

or technical troubleshooting to [email protected]

Yeah, get in touch with us

and with that I will end out our presentation.

Thank you for attending.

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