Join us in an exciting discussion around ways of creating a collaborative decision-making process through a robust Peer Review workflow.
Collaboration is no longer optional but a key requirement of geological modelling and decision making. Now more than ever, as projects are becoming increasingly complex, teamwork and stakeholder engagement are required to ensure all information is included and all points of view are considered. Understanding and improving your workflows and addressing challenges using a robust peer-reviewing process can be the key you need to unlock value from your deposit and progress your projects to the next stage.
Join Seequent’s Antonio Garibaldi and Jacob de Lacey, who will discuss:
- The peer review process
- Collaborative decision making
- Current challenges of peer reviewing
- Multi-discipline data integration
Central Technical Specialist – Seequenr
Jacob de Lacey
Director – Data Solutions – Seequent
<v Jacob>Hi, everyone.</v>
Welcome to the technical Tuesdays webinar series.
It is time for another Central focused webinar.
We hope everyone is well and that you will enjoy
this discussion focusing on ways of making good decisions
through a best practice peer reviewing process.
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My name is Jacob de Lacey, I’m the Director for Seequent
Data Solutions in the Asia Pacific region.
And together with my colleague Antonio Garibaldi,
Central Technical Specialist based in Perth,
we will be presenting today’s webinar,
Peer Reviewing with Seequent Central.
We believe that collaboration is no longer an option.
Now, more than ever projects are sufficiently complex
to require a team effort.
So understanding and improving your routines and risks
using a peer reviewing process can be the key step you need
to move your projects to the next step.
I would like to outline a few details for this webinar.
The audience will be muted during the presentation
but you can use the questions panel to ask any questions
that come to mind.
We will answer these at the end of the session or by email
if we run out of time.
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in a follow-up email.
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So please get in touch if you are interested
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Okay, let’s get started.
Here’s the agenda for today’s webinar
in which we will go through a quick introduction to Central
and to brief discussion of peer reviewing
and internal audits.
Then we will move straight into an active demonstration
of the system and proposed workflows discussing
how you can build an ideal peer review process
with the help of Central.
A little background on the company.
Seequent, now a Bentley company is a leader
in the development of the visual data science software
and collaborative technologies for the geoscience community.
It is our mission to enable our customers to make
better decisions about the earth, environment
and energy challenges.
Because it has that robust decision-making process
that provides security and longevity to an organization.
Our solutions encompass a range of software products
applicable for use across the mining, civil engineering,
environmental, and energy industries.
Most of the things we are going to discuss today
are cross sector.
However, we will use examples
more familiar to the mining sector.
Here you can see the summary with the core products
of Seequent ecosystem driving value across
the lifecycle of a mining operation.
Our experience working with many customers across
multiple sectors and regions leads us to believe
that the peer review process for geological modeling
appears to be haphazard in most organizations
with either very manual or limited auditability.
We believe this points to an interesting need
for a solution that is intuitive, effective and efficient
while incorporating automatic auditability
and data security.
This brings us to the technical discussion.
And so, I will hand over to Antonio.
<v Antonio>Thank you, Jacob.</v>
Let me start running you through a short discussion.
The basic reason for an internal assessment of procedures
and outcomes is business risk reduction.
So the tool you use have fundamental importance
whereby you can address debates and decisions.
They must catalyze the process and will stop results
to enable people involved with to free up their time,
to do what they were trained for, interpreting and analyzing
the data to make the best possible decision.
On that context, we reach in mirrors things like data,
model management with previewing processes.
Furthermore, it’s being on while internal audits
and behavioral process have been required
for a professional auditable and assessable to address
its discussions and decisions in a fast, safe
and interactive way.
And this is our main topic of discussions
on today’s session.
So what exactly are we talking about?
What is the peer review?
Peer review is nothing more than assessment process,
an internal audit track in which one of your colleagues,
in general with the same employment level will review
audit and validate your process,
also your procedures and outcomes and generally
before your work progresses to the next step.
Okay, now that I know what is it,
how about is the reason why my company and I need to run
a process like that?
They trust me, I trust me.
identify and minimizing risk of costly mistakes
can ensure you have a project and your job much longer.
Also projects have red flags can help you to detect
Some are obvious, others not so evidence but most of them
are critical factors.
Find them, debate them, discuss why they happened.
Expertise sharing and quality improvement.
The prompt benefit of peer review is bringing to the table
ideas and insights that can save time and money.
Guidance driving the big picture understanding.
The peer review helps to address reproducibility
to a project which ensure procedures have been applied
correctly and changes along with the project life cycle
are predictable enough to avoid big problems.
The history always repeats,
so learn from good and bad decisions.
This also has to do with the concept of persistence
for projects that operate for years where evidence
and methodologies developed through the time
have to be available and assessable.
Also, an open communication is no longer an option
for technical motivations or government requirements.
Anyway, it helps you to understand the project
and its provisional weakness before they become permanent
as well as its strength and how to boost them up.
And how we can do that?
From here, we have a wide field of discussion
but the answer is simple.
Today we are going through the wealthy and fruitful,
good practice direction.
You starting with
a good organization of your projects and process
beginning with database basic rules
then go to the geology related issues.
Make use of checklists to cover all the possibilities
and don’t forget to resist everything.
Choose the suitable assessor that runs constructive
assessment and helps to anticipate for future risks
and potential alternative for your problems.
Determine procedures and make them official
in your company’s policy.
And run a frequent and continuous process
such as reconciliation and performance checks
in order to verify how efficient is your model
And what is the peer reviewer role?
Regarding the assessor role,
it starts through a detailed assessment.
There’s no space for last minute evaluation.
Review the technical details, the tools available,
and also teams ability to use these tools.
Special attention to scale issues that perhaps
were already discovered by other teams.
Knowhow and accountability transferring.
So you can make sure the experience of the professionals
involved is transmitted to the team.
Define the quality level for each step and the state
if the project has enough quality to be continued
to the next level.
The peer reviewer should not do the interpretation work,
otherwise we would need another peer reviewer
for his or her work.
So the peer reviewer should keep focus on the assessment,
requesting changes throughout the process as required.
Documentation of all steps is the most heavy point.
It includes for instance, comments through a 3D web tool
and documentation through a professional storage tool.
So the process landmarks.
The database has a fundamental importance here.
Basic inspections in the raw database as well as checks
such as EDA’s basic statistics and the composite things
Equally important is how you manage and store them.
Database validation in 3D allows you to identify consistence
regarding interpretation versus two holes for example.
In the end of all this checks, make sure you retain
and organize all the data.
However, be a 100% sure you are using
only the verifiers once.
Also make sure documentation in the audit trail
in the chains which includes track the file history
and events for example.
Think about the geology model after a good check
on the previous topic.
Interpretation is the key deed here.
Do not fall in love for your model,
question it and encourage your team to disagree
with the current interpretation, provoke debates.
Things like location, boundary
and interpretation methodology are the starting points.
What are the control keys?
Check for inconsistency in the geology, geotechnical
and structural parameters.
Run contact analysis to determine hard or soft boundaries
for domains, use cross sections and run 3D checks
in all the heads and triangles through a database comparison
to help you to identify not so obvious inconsistencies.
Special attention when integrating different data,
RSC and diamonds railing, for instance,
as well as project with multiple databases.
Ensure you run reconciliation checks,
contrasting interpretation versus other data
and the raw information based in subjective methodology
such as maps, geochemistry, and geophysics.
Then check your block model estimation
and your resource classification.
Bring discussion about the biography to the table,
is it robust enough?
If there is a lack of basic skills in the team,
help by addressing internal and external courses.
Questioning your methods and consider all the ones
for your estimation, use 2D and 3D tools in conjunction.
Keep rethinking your classification to the deadline.
So finally, we can see this suggestion sequence solution
that could be part of the process as your tool to address
what we discussed so far.
Note that Central has an important paper here
and it is really well equipped to address most of the topics
as we are going to see next.
Now, a brief line about Central.
We developed Central to address consistent feedback
from clients about challenges and tangential work
related to the modeling process.
A model and data management and collaboration tool
to allow teams to visualize track and administer their data
through a centralized environment would be great fit, right?
So a single source of truth can minimize the time span on
basic data management and allow more time for cordial
This is what century is about.
The main idea is to bring project teams together,
holding all your critical data in one place.
So you develop more integrated and dynamic workflows
and build robust models.
In a sense, Central is a cloud based solution.
It can be accessed in the following ways.
The Central Portal where the management process
is a completion for both projects and users, right?
There is a notification panel here that you can set
to follow a project activity as well as to address
collaboration, technical discussions,
such as those ones during a peer review.
Project workspace including a data room to store
and share all the scientific data.
And of course, the web visualization 3D tool,
that is also a cloud capability which allows a Central user
to share objects and ideas directly in 3D in a web browser.
The Leapfrog connection that includes Geo, Edge, Works
It’s where the addition process take place and we can define
various workflow structures through the object integration.
You can download and upload projects from and to Central.
Oasis Montaj and target can be also connected direct
to the data room in Central whereby is your soft grids
and boxes for instance, can be published in a direct way.
And once stored in Central,
can be directly imported into Leapfrog.
We also have an integration with both in house
and partner solutions granting you the following modes
such as GeoStudio in August.
The idea is streamlining workflows,
remove manual data management tasks.
Also coming soon in August,
we will have the MX Deposit integration.
MX Deposit is a service solution for classy, simple
and drilling data management.
Once integrated, you would be able to create
a streamlined workflow from MX Deposits through Central
and Leapfrog Geo.
So you update your core logging data in just a few clicks
and your model will update in turn.
So we can organize the Central features in five main groups.
The 3D cloud capability,
a place where there is consistency and persistence.
All the information built at the time is available including
for projects that operate for eight years for example.
The version control for an optimal track.
A collaborative environment that can ensure a team
based for, for example.
And a centralized, secure and accessible
single source of truth.
Cool, putting it into practice to give you
a better perspective about how the system works.
Here we can see a simple example of workflows.
We can have both exploration teams working through
the field, selecting new target areas for example,
as well as an open pit project already in production.
As soon as we evolve projects, new revisions are created
and published generating these notes
that are our version control and all the should be driven.
We also have all the software suites integrated
such as a contribution from a geo-physical team
which uses Oasis Montaj to import the two degree
direct to Central and then Geos also import direct
from Central this files.
Also note the object integration happening across projects
from different styles and teams.
Here we can see, there is a notification received
by me about an action required.
So you can click on it and be directly on the 3D perspective
and the resource, information
and report delivering et cetera.
Heaps of possibility.
So let me jump into the demonstration we prepared for you
with some of the points discussed above.
Sweet, as discussed so far, Central is a system hosted
in a server in which we have application’s work around.
Here we can see some of them such as our best friend
That it’s the Diishan Gate here.
You can see here, the project tab where you can access
your Central information such as the history tab here
for each project.
Look the branches on the left of the screen
and the graph representing the evolving line.
And here on the right, the comments panel that by the way
you can hit the thumbnails and load the comment
and the 3D perspective also in Leapfrog.
If you want to publish,
after some edition you can upload this revision to Central.
Select the files you would like to make available
in the web links and follow the process such as branch names
and stuff like that.
We also have Oasis Montaj as an integrated software.
Here you can connect to a server and as you’re happy,
you can publish to the grids, boxes and all the data
direct to Central data room.
Let me show you now MX Deposit, our classic simple
and through whole data management.
That is also by the way, going to be integrated
with Central next month.
You can see all the options you have
and how friendly and intuitive is everything.
And here, Central Portal, the management
and collaboration web app.
In today’s webinar, I’m going to show you some pieces
of the system in particular, the web based workspace.
This will be only few but essential fragments, tools
or features of Central whereby you can play and apply
some of the concepts of all the peer review process, right?
By the way, I’m going to use a beta application
for some stuff, so I can run you through some features
that will be available in Central in August release.
That by the way, it’s a major milestone for us
as we make significant updates to a number of cloud service
that make up Central, all right?
Cool, let’s get started our tour by my mail.
As the peer reviewer for one of my colleague’s project,
I’ve received this notification in my mail
about someone tagging me to a comment in Central.
So I can read some information about this notification.
And if I click here, in this link, it drives me direct
to the 3D perspective and where I can start the process
from my perspective.
So this is again, Central Portal, right?
More specifically, the web based whereby you can run
your discussions and set comments and assessment request
In this example, I can…
Like a simulation let’s reply my colleague here
stating I will change this revision stage to for example,
peer review, right?
As the peer review process started.
So everyone can be aware we are currently running
the internal audit here.
So, let me write this a message.
Yeah, we will also ask the project owner
to lock the project branch avoiding other people involved
keep publishing revisions about this project
in the same revolving line for example.
in Leapfrog now, if you are the project owner,
you can lock this branch in a project tree.
Setting a message for example, to the team and defining
how many days this branch will be locked, right?
Which will trigger an expiry date.
Look there, close it, bad luck.
Cool, now back in Central Portal,
let’s see the project overview dashboard.
We can add some details about the projects
as well as see a summary about the project’s activities
From here, note, you can follow an access the latest comment
and discussing thread in our peer review.
And you can also go to web based
by hitting the thumbnails here.
The data room, it’s placed it in the project perspective
and is accessed by clicking on this file tab
from which you can organize your data as well as track
the file history through out such as this one for example.
We have, here you can see a folder
for the peer review process.
There are some great use cases about the dot phoning
in the peer review process.
I would start with the possibility of addressing
the suitable permission also on the file perspective.
So people would only be able to access projects and files
they are allowed to and during the period of time
it requires their access, right?
Additionally, the version control, Central allowed you
your project revisions are also available for files,
any type or size by the way.
This way, in a diligent process,
you can set an audit trail for the files.
You can use it to build your projects
such as the programs and reports.
Furthermore, some of these files such as three holes,
points and structural data just some examples,
can be directed, integrated to your Leapfrog projects
and as soon as they have updates, you’d be notified
in Leapfrog about this new version.
As a good example for a peer review process,
you can identify a problem in the topography,
so you can notify the server, server 18 by web based
and make them know about it.
Then as a reviewer, you can stop the process till they solve
the problem and publish the new adjustment.
And you can restart the process with one red flag down.
Integrating the drill holes tables from the data room
directly just Central for to Leapfrog, sorry,
works in the same way.
As soon as you have a new version of this table
in the data room, you’ll be notified in Leapfrog
about the potential reload.
And with Central being integrated to MX Deposits in August,
the concept will be the same but instead of updating
your CSV tables and publish them to the data room,
you will identify consistency in the web based, in 3D,
such as this one and require the change to be done
in the source of the data,
that this case is in the MX Deposit.
Then through the API integration,
the information, the data will be updated
and the project owner can apply the reload in Leapfrog.
So I reply from this stakeholder involvement,
pointing another detail.
When it’s also registered in the thread
and as soon as the MX Deposit and Leapfrog apply the changes
made in MX Deposit, a new version,
a new revision is published to Central.
And for example here, it states changes required
by the peer review on the drill hold WP030T.
And so, we can also access
the information that was fixed in the following revision.
Back to the dashboard here, on the description for example,
I can insert some details about this project
by setting the location, you can organize your projects
in groups at the project tab in Leapfrog.
Look how the description appear here when you are
in Leapfrog and hover your mouse.
We also have the possibility of access the events tab here
on the project perspective.
Or the side events tab where you can for example,
search and audit change and records on the project history.
You can filter specific actions and time intervals
so you can explore and use it in your audit trail
The users tab, it’s where you manage people access
For instance, in case we want to limit people access
to the additional approach while the peer review
is in play for example, you can provisionally change
their permission to viewers.
Then they would not be able to download, edit or publish
models until you grant them access again.
This instance here, is a beta functionality to be launched
The concepts of a scene has been around for some time
in our desktop solutions.
When available, it will act as a 3D bookmark allowing you
to easily navigate back to the same view of the data in 3D.
And at the project level, which means they never get lost
in the history of the project as can happen
with the commenting your thousands of revisions for example.
For instance, you can ping and share scenes on the project
that are more important than others for example,
such as those ones that you have done during a peer review
process that for example mean a radical concept changing.
And finally, the history tab where you can follow
the revisions history and details.
Either way, you do that through this color code graph
that illustrate branches and project styles for example.
You can also use this tab to access the latest comments
and the discussion track in our peer review process
and return to the 3D web visualization
through the thumbnails when needed.
Sweet, so let’s do another tool here in WebVis.
We have introduced here a huge amount of functionality
over the last few months in web visualization tool.
And functionality that support will allow you to run
an enhanced peer review process for example.
Things like easily navigate through the time
and step through older versions of your project
to understand changes.
Access the project history
through these drop down list here.
So in case you are assessing and changing between revisions,
looking at the scene or a comment can easily navigate
through the project history to understand
the 3D point of view.
Another interesting things you can zoom into a specific 3D
object to find exactly what you want when you have
large project with lots of data for example.
The WebVis project tree works in a really similar way
to Leapfrog tree.
Things like multi-select, drag and drop,
also some object properties and filter data.
Scales points and do whole bays on bells.
The possibility of measure in 3D to a better understanding
of the size and scale of a project.
You can control the vertical configuration
through this panel here where you can also find
screen grade, compass and access via the settings panel.
All these elements can help you try to steer the assessment.
Important to mention again that while it is possible
and it gives you some additional tools,
I don’t recommend running 100% of the peer review process
in Leapfrog alone, there are many useful functions
within Leapfrog which can be a great help however,
if you have access rate, do as much as you can
within Central as there are clear benefits to this approach
such as no ability to process or edit anything via WebVis
ensuring that any updates or changes needed will not be done
by the reviewer but by the project owner.
I would mention also the documentation and the audit trail.
Cool, sure thing there’s more about peer review to discuss
and show but this is basically
what we prepared for you today.
So, we will jump to the presentation again
to finalize our webinar.
So in summary, we can say Central allows you to set
and enhance peer review process through
the following points.
An audit trail of both technical and management changes.
Also an intuitive, seamless and efficient process
really ease to use.
A time-saver and leave report of the decisions
and documentation is the key so,
a cloud based solution can be really beneficial here,
which implies an effective system to communicate remotely.
And why not through a continuous improvement process,
that address consistency to your procedures.
If your modeling process is dynamic and integrated,
why does your decision track can’t be?
And set an active collaboration environment,
so you can share the decision making process
and also share the responsibility.
Again, this is a good lease, right?
I would like to invite all of you to dig a little bit deeper
into the way you have been dealing
with your peer review process.
Think about that and get back to us with your thoughts
so we can run dedicated sessions for you and for your team
of course, and discuss your workflows
in a more comprehensive manner.
As the last thing from my side, I also invite you to get
some complimentary webinar content to what we presented
today such as the examples below.
Drill hold data tips for Leapfrog.
Integrating geophysics into your 3D model.
And learn Q&A analysis with Leapfrog Edge.
You can find these in all their Technical Tuesday series
content on our how to guides and on demand visual space
in our website.
I will now hand back to Jacob to close this webinar.
Thank you very much, bye.
<v Jacob>Thank you, Antonio, that was great.</v>
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