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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.



Byron Taylor
Leapfrog Product Manager – Seequent

Philip Suttak
Oasis montaj Product Manager – Seequent


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<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.

And fourth,

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.

And finally,

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>

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