Desktop applications like Leapfrog, Target and Oasis montaj have been used for years in the processing and analysis of geoscience data, but new technologies are changing the way we work.
Leapfrog product manager Byron Taylor and Oasis montaj product manager Philip Suttak will speak on Seequent’s continued investment into the desktop applications and why desktop applications are not going anywhere. They will also share how new technologies like Seequent EVO, Seequent Central and shared API’s are transforming how the desktop products are used in multidisciplinary workflows.
Leapfrog Product Manager – Seequent
Oasis montaj Product Manager – Seequent
<v Byron>Well, good morning, everyone.</v>
I just like to welcome you to this talk on the future of
desktop geology and geophysics here at Seequent.
I’ll just introduce on the line as well,
we have Philip Suttak, who’s going to,
is the Product Manager
for the geophysicals solution side of the business.
And then Myself, my name is Byron Taylor,
I’m the Product Manager for the Geological Solution
side of the business.
And then also in the room to assist us is Jeff Plasto,
Who’s a senior geophysicist here and he is on the call as
the moderator and we’ll fill your questions
later on in this further presentation.
Just as the abstract form we’re going to to cover of today,
desktop software plays a pivotal role in enabling modern day
geoscience data processing and modeling workflows.
Which is why Seequent is committed to continued
investment in the Oasis montaj
and Leapfrog desktop software packages.
In this presentation, we’ll speak to how the geologic
and geophysical desktop applications fit
into the larger Seequent ecosystem,
as well as what features and capabilities
are in the new Oasis montaj and Leapfrog
and what you can expect in the coming and upcoming releases.
So with that, I will just to cover off
the general statement of confidentiality and disclaimers.
And I won’t read everything on this slide,
but we’re just stating that the information that we will
discuss is proprietary towards Seequent
and any future work we speak of.
Is subject to change as our roadmaps evolve.
So our world is changing.
The challenges we face in the mining industry
are becoming more and more complex.
Mining resources are becoming harder to find,
and you need to dig deeper.
Your data has never been so important
in helping you keep your operations viable.
You need a personalized experience, and one size fits all
products and solutions are no longer hitting the mark.
We are responding to your changing needs,
to help provide clarity.
Seequent is addressing changing geoscience environment
by providing our customers
with an ecosystem of connected solutions.
We are calling this connected ecosystem, EVO.
And if you were able to tune into Penny’s talk earlier
in the week, you would know all about it.
As a refresher,
Phil will quickly outline what EVO is
and how the desktop applications play
a critical role in the Ecosystem.
<v Philip>Thanks Byron.</v>
So Seequent EVO is composed of three foundational items.
So the desktop applications that Byron and myself,
we’re going to talk to you about today.
Cloud applications and this is things
like Sequence Central or in web biz,
and micro-services and APIs that we’re currently developing.
And these core items are very powerful on their own
but when you actually bundle these together,
you see the real power of Seequent EVO.
And that’s when we allow interoperability between all of
these kind of fundamental building blocks.
So this allows each individual capability to come together
is something that we’re calling Seequent’s engine.
This engine is the powerhouse behind EVO,
and it allows both Seequent and our customers to build
some truly powerful and multidisciplinary workflows.
So the desktop products are really foundational
on full Seequent EVO.
As you can see our desktop products like Oasis montaj,
Target, Leapfrog, Leapfrog Switch,
Geo-edge, Geothermal works.
And also our other desktop product GeoStudio
that you’ll hear about in some other talks as well.
Have a ton of data processing and analysis capabilities in
many different geoscience domains.
And, while I won’t just list these items off,
I’ll look at one specific example, of how the ecosystem
is currently opening up new multidisciplinary workflows
between desktop products and our cloud services.
So this workflow that you see in front of you,
is an iterative modeling process.
This workflow uses a Oasis montaj, Leapfrog and Central.
Which is one of our cloud services that allows you to
visualize, track, integrate and manage your geoscience data.
This workflow looks at this iterative monitoring process
at the beginning with an early stage geologic model
that was developed in Leapfrog.
Here you perfom various types of spatial
and numerical data analysis,
and those data types are added from drilling, mapping
and assaying to develop
an initial interpretation of the local geology.
So these findings, both physical and hypothetical
are subsequently communicated and shared
with the geophysicist through Central.
The geophysicist then can incorporate
this geologic model and these geologic constraint
into their geophysical model in Oasis montaj,
and test various modeling scenarios.
In turn these results are tracked by their version
and peer reviewed by all stakeholders through Central
and that defines the next steps of the project.
The goal here really is to rinse and repeat in order
to iteratively and collaboratively arrive
at a holistic model, that represents
a more realistic representation
of the physical system that we’re modeling.
And what this means in the mining space is that Seequent
has extended their portfolio to cover
the whole life cycle of a mining operation.
And now what we can do
is create multidisciplinary workflows.
that can be built through Seequent EVO
and with new interoperability and cloud services
coming, every single Seequent released.
It’s getting easier to build and streamline these workflows.
So now I’ll switch gears a bit
and I’ll talk about some of the desktop applications.
So to support EVO, we need to continue development
and innovation within the desktop products.
So Oasis montaj, is our geophysical data processing
and analysis software suite.
And I’m going to talk about some recent improvements
to Oasis montaj, and will also speak to improvements
that are coming in the next release
and some themes that we’ll continue to focus on
as a way as Oasis montaj grows in the future.
So recently we had added powerful capabilities
to Oasis montaj.
And in this past release,
we focused on a couple of themes,
with the first one being
improving our user experience.
So one of the big things that we did is we renamed
the MAGMAP extension to 2D filtering
to better represent that we’re filtering all types of data,
besides just magnetic data,
and as well we built a visual workflow
that allows you to visually see
the effect of filters on data
and a preview window before applying them.
We also added this visual interface to the Wendy frequency
domain filters as well in the geophysics extension.
We also improved interoperability between Oasis montaj
and the Central data room,
which now allows users to upload grids,
voxels and geo surfaces in the form of an OMF file.
Or an open-minded format file.
Finally, we addressed many customer requested improvements,
well some of the big ones being bulk exporting of maps
and grids in Oasis montaj.
Right clicking to open the file location of data contained
within your project explorer
and importing vector data from a KML
and KMZ file into 2D maps.
In this past release,
we’ve also focused on improving the science and algorithms
contained within Oasis montaj and its extensions.
So we improved the VOXI TDEM algorithm.
And then as you may know,
VOXI is our cloud power diversion service.
We also introduced a new multi trend grading algorithm
that better represents data.
When multiple trends are found in the data
with different orientations.
We also added new match filters and tilt derivative filters
into our 2D filtering extension.
And we’ve made improvements to the gravity corrections
within the gravity and train correction extension.
And this includes things like allowing variable water levels
in the train correction,
a new standalone latitude correction,
and allowing you to run multiple densities
in your Bouguer correction.
So some things you can look forward to, in the May release
of OASISMONTAJ, coming this May,
is as again, we followed some of these same themes.
So around user experience,
we’ve took a lot of time to improve the workflow around ,
and setting your coordinate systems, so you’ll notice
in this new release, it’s a lot easier
to set your coordinate systems
as well as save your favorite coordinate systems,
and access a lot of the functionality around that.
We also are improving the visualization of IP
and resistivity data and our IP extension.
And we’re actually going to be renaming the extension IP
and resistivity just to represent
that you can use it with resistivity data as well.
Also now when uploading data to the Central data room,
you can now select a folder to upload your data to,
so it just doesn’t get placed into the root folder.
And finally, we did some work
to make labeling accesses in the 3D view,
more customizable, and also fix the bugs around that space.
We also took some time to improve
the science algorithms again, in this coming release.
So you’re now going to notice
that we’ve updated our list of available projections
and datums, including several new projections and datums.
We’ve also added a new vertical and continuation convolution
filter to the geophysics extension
and as well, we’re improving the QC
and processing workflows and our IP
and resistivity extensions.
And we’ve listened to our customers,
And there was some small workflow improvements
that were asked in our matched filtering.
So we’ve added those as well.
So moving forward into the future past the next release,
we really want to focus on four core themes
in Oasis montaj,
The first one is our core science and algorithms.
So this is the foundation for a Oasis montaj
and we need to make sure that we’re following industry
trends and bringing in new algorithms
and new methodologies within the geophysics space.
Second is our user experience,
we need to continue to make Oasis montaj
easier to use and to streamline time-consuming tasks.
Third is interoperability,
both between Oasis montaj internally
with other sequent products and with external
software packages as well.
we want to continue to take advantage of Cloud Services.
We currently use the Cloud to provide
our boxing version services,
but that’s really just the start
to what we can do with cloud services.
And with that, I’m passing on to Byron
who will talk about the Leapfrog products.
<v Byron>Thanks Phil,</v>
it’s my pleasure to discuss with you some of the recent
improvements that were delivered within Leapfrog in the last
release and also things that are coming in the first half
of this year, and then in the second half
of this year as well.
Leapfrog has gone through a large amount of continued
investment and the slides that you’ll be seeing next,
we’ll show you what we’ve been doing
and why we’ve been doing them.
So the release just came out in November has been a fairly
large release for the business as a whole,
37 person UIs were involved in updating
the entire code base of Leapfrog,
from where it was to where it is now
to re-architect its structure,
to ensure future-proofing and security
because of the understanding that the desktop software
plays a key role within EVO.
And it does also include the polarizing UI
that we’ve had a fair amount of feedback on.
One of the other things that we’ve been starting
that we’ve started to look at
and have been continuing to do is
to improve what we class as the stone in people’s shoes.
The heart of the engine of Leapfrog,
which is the drill hole object has required some
required some refreshing of its architecture
and its functionality,
with the additions of calculations and filters,
the additions of adding in deleting columns
and more of them is coming of which
are all cover off in a couple of minutes.
The vein tool,
which is obviously one of the most widely used
within inside the software.
We found some opportunities to improve workflows,
where we know the users have to fall out of the software
to make changes before they bring them back in,
and it breaks the dynamic nature of Leapfrog.
We’ve added more flexibility around what can be used
in terms of services so that the software
is more of a tool for you as the geologist
to make your interpretation versus forcing you down a path.
And then, the probably the largest change
that was made in November just gone,
Was we relaxed how strict we are
with how we do with externally generated measures.
This means that importing almost any mesh
from an external source, can be used
in that downstream process,
not just the ones that we classed as fully manifold
or what we actually see,
the ones that we said weren’t fully manifold
when they were from other people’s softwares.
And this is obviously improved
people’s workflows drastically so far.
What we’ve also done is started to close the gaps
within our software of what we know people need to have.
The subplot model format has been totally reworked.
It brings much greater functionality,
and it has the ability to pass all of this information
downstream via your typical methods
so CSV and by native binary formats.
This is now utilizing what is classed
as the octree structure.
So this is going to be of great benefit
to people who are handing their information
offdown to engineering functions.
We understand the world stills communicates within,
still needs the ability to communicate in 2D.
The section tool had some much needed functionality added
the ability to see what we class as a window of influence.
So this is the ability to see points, polylines
and structural desks, that project onto your section,
even though they don’t actually intersect the object
so that you can understand where items
are around your section or they’re having influence
upon what you’re trying to communicate.
We are continuing down a pathway of supporting
more and more grid formats,
mainly so that we can consume geophysical data
and from OM but also so that we can rationalize
how we use these grids within inside
the software of other formats.
So not only supporting 2D
and two and a half D elevation grids from OASIS
and eventually in the future supporting tree voxels,
we’re also figuring out how we better support UBC empty
and got going forward.
And the last item that we’ve been doing,
as well as we’ve been trying to ensure
that we can pass all of this up to central,
because obviously having it inside the desktop,
doesn’t help if you can’t collaborate with your pace.
And so we’ve been pushing it to publish more and more
objects up in to our, into central, the next one’s coming,
the estimation objects, imported GMs and sectional linework.
And then we walk into something that we class as
above and beyond, so these are things that are new,
that we’ve never done before,
and that we know will add value going forward.
Support for native segway,
in consuming processed 2D crooked,
to the inline X line and Zed sliced 3D into Leapfrog.
We understand that the need for micro seismicity is growing
across the segments that we operate in and being able
to consume this is going to help for future.
We are fixing the heart of the engine even more
with the addition of allowing multiple drill hole cases
within inside Leapfrog in May.
So this means that your
underground on your open pit drill holes
can be entirely separated and that you can bring
them in individually, and so this will reduce
processing times loading times and how you dealing
with the information and your calculations.
We also are trying to understand the scope for how we merge
these later on down the line
to make more and more intuitive workflows for future.
We’ve been trying to close out the major functionality
within geostatistics space, within edge
so the estimation parameter management has been
the large initiative that we’ve been trying to close out.
This is the ability to tabulate
and modify all of your estimators in one place
and to have this dynamically updated.
This means that instead of going into 80, 90, 100,
250 estimates as one by one,
they can all be localized inside one table and changed,
and so that everything matches.
This body of work is due to be closed off
towards the later half of this year.
And importantly the largest change
that will be witnessed in May
is what’s known as a unified Leapfrog,
or single installer, in the same way
the Oasis montaj is deployed as one package
that changes according to who you are versus
what you’ve installed,
this is going to happen to later going forward.
So no longer will you install,
leave for jail or leave for Geothermal or for works
if you operate in across multidisciplinary teams,
you will just install Leapfrog and depending on who you are,
and depending on what you’re entitled to,
it will change Leapfrog to give you the functionality set
that you’re entitled to.
Now, this is really useful for future change
because it enables us to be more dynamic
in how we make not, how we make more functionality
for users that’s very specific towards them.
But it also at the moment gives us
the ability to have single sign on.
So you now can sign in once into Geo
and it will have the same credentials and signed you
into OM and into Central and it involves,
it allows you to have greater flexibility
with how you collaborate going forward.
And so just to cover off the last slide of mine,
and just to give you an idea of what we’re looking at
from our future themes, in terms of the Leapfrog suite.
We understand that modeling is what we do
and modeling is what we do well,
but we want to improve what we do.
And so we’re looking at how we do continuous improvement
of all our core modeling technologies.
So this is how we improve things like the RBF
and the RC servicing and astrotigraphy modeling.
And so this is going to be of great importance
going forward, because you will still do a predominantly
a large amount of your modeling on the desktop,
and then you will put that up
into the ecosystem going forward.
We also like to target performance,
we understand that Leapfrog has high demands placed upon it
in terms of data and this at some points can make it
starting to struggle, the opportunity has arisen
that we can start making large changes
to how we deal with this information based on how
computer hardware is structured now,
and this means that we can see large changes
in processing performance,
both on the desktop and inside virtual environments.
We’re also targeting interoperability is normal.
We would like, and we are getting better
at transferring information towards downstream processes
and consumption from upstream processes,
particularly there is a large focus at the moment
for the next year or so around how we pass information
off down towards engineering functions.
So this are things like passing of the new support model
format down to mining engineers and that type of thing.
And then the last thing that we’re looking at
in terms of cloud services in the same way
that Oasis montaj is,
we’re looking at how we forge more links
between internal and external Cloud Service Providers.
So Central being an internal and then we look at all
the other strategic geo service providers
that we’d like to leverage with inside the geoscience space.
And that’s me covered off,
I believe Phil’s covering the last slide.
<v Philip>Yep, perfect.</v>
Yeah so in summary,
what we really want you to take away
is that we are committed
to really improving efficiencies
and optimizations across
the entire mining value chain,
whether it’s in a Oasis montaj or Leapfrog,
or any of our Cloud Services or EVO
or our enabling products,
as well, we want to allow you to work
in more collaborative and effective workflows.
we are creating this open and connected ecosystem
for geoscience data management and analysis.
And now I’ll pass it off to Jeff to moderate the questions.
<v Jeff>Thanks a lot, Phil and Byron, that was great.</v>
We do have a couple of questions
that came in during the presentation.
So I’ll ask those and for those in the audience,
if you do have questions,
feel free to just send them our way through the chat.
The first question that came in,
when can we expect support for Geo soft grids and Leapfrog?
<v Byron>So 2D exists natively already,</v>
that was delivered a while back
we are supporting two and a half D elevation grids
in the release coming up in May
and then the next while the last part to close off will be
the consumption and support for 3D voxels,
which or should be in the back half of this year.
<v Jeff>Okay, excellent.</v>
Another question that trickled in
will EVO replace desktop software.
<v Philip>So not at all, as you saw</v>
from our presentation, there’s still so much power
and so much capability in the desktop Software,
and really the desktop Software is one of
those building blocks, one of those pieces of EVO
that we need to make sure has
kind of the cutting edge science,
the cutting edge algorithms
that allow you to really build
these multidisciplinary workflows.
<v Jeff>Excellent question that just trickled in</v>
question about pit design, extension
or module for Leapfrog GL Byron.
<v Byron>So yes,</v>
there is there’s plans and there’s investigation work
going on at the moment of how
we facilitate information before
we hand it off to an engineering function.
We understand that obviously pit and stove optimization
is something that is important
that can be done with inside
the desktop software inside Leapfrog
before you pass it downwards,
so there’s something that’s being looked at at the moment.
I can’t give you any more information than that
because it’s not fully understood and scoped,
but yes, it is something that is on our radar.
<v Philip>Yeah, thank you very much everyone..</v>
<v Byron>Thank you, everyone.</v>