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This webinar highlights the new features in August’s release of Seequent Central.

Discover even more ways to easily communicate and collaborate with your project team including:

  • New scenes capability, making it easier than ever for you to engage with key stakeholders and keep them up to date with the latest developments in your projects.
  • Web visualization improvements, enabling you to view your project in 3D, right in the web browser.
  • Connect with GeoStudio, allowing multi-disciplinary modelling across your organization by connecting your geological model updates with geotechnical analysis.
  • And much more.



Stephanie Vanos
Project Geologist and Data Management Specialist – Seequent


19 min

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<v Stephanie>Hello and welcome to today’s webinar.</v>

My name is Stephanie Vanos

and I’m Seequent North America’s Data Management Specialist.

I’ll be your host in today’s featured demonstration

of our latest Central release.

Before we launch into the presentation,

our Seequent is now part of Bentley systems.

And as a public company,

I need to briefly share the statement of confidentiality

and disclaimer and ask that the audience

please respect the intentions it expresses.

The software products that will be shown today

are the latest versions of Central August 2021

and GeoStudio 2021.

Despite the webinar’s technical connotation,

the presentation is designed for all Central users

from the technical and non-technical domains.

During the webinar, the audience is muted

to ensure that the presentation doesn’t run over time,

but should you have any questions,

please don’t hesitate to write into the question window

and go to meeting.

We will make sure that a personalized reply

will be sent to you via email in due time.

After the webinar, we would like to ask you to remain

for one to two minutes longer to partake in a short survey

that will help us understand your needs

and learn how we can improve our offering.

And as always, if you wish to maintain

or share a recording of this webinar,

a link to the video will be sent to you shortly

after the presentation.

Okay, so let’s get started.

This Central release is filled

with a multitude of new features

that aim to optimize your daily modeling workflow

and meet your data management needs.

And we will show most of these

in the live demonstration portion,

but there are three main components

that I’d like to highlight

which truly enhance your ability to work

as a connected team of Geo Sciences experts.

The first refers to the addition of 3D scenes to the portal,

which will allow you to capture essential moments

in your project history that make it easy to engage

with your colleagues more strongly

and build a compelling story of what’s next.

The second refers to a new set of reviewing tools

in the 3D web browser that allow

for even greater granularity

and more effective stakeholder collaboration.

And the third feature brings

yet another geoscientific discipline to the table.

For the first time, we can invite geo-technical experts

to collaborate through a direct connection with GeoStudio.

Let’s start by looking at the addition of 3D scenes

into your portal environment.

Modeling projects can be or become quite complex,

especially as time goes on.

And for non-technical users

or those less familiar with the project,

it could be difficult in Central to figure out

what they were supposed to focus on.

There was no way for users to easily navigate

to the important points of interest in a project.

Comments helped, but they are tied to specific branches

and revisions and don’t persist

as the project evolves over time.

The scene axis of 3D bookmark allow you

to easily navigate back to the same view of the data in 3D.

Scenes also allow your team and stakeholders

to rapidly navigate to the point of interest.

Scenes in Central exists at the project level,

which means that they never get lost

in the history of your project.

They can also be easily opened

on the latest version of the model.

Next, we’ll look at a new set of reviewing tools

in the 3D web browser that allow

for even greater granularity

and more effective stakeholder collaboration.

Engaging and collaborating with a wide audience

is challenging.

And the requirements of using desktop software add to this.

With organizations consisting of multi-disciplinary teams,

one of the best ways to enable collaboration

with key stakeholders is around a visual representation

of an asset.

Over the last few months,

we have introduced a huge amount of functionality

within the Central portal to enable you

to visualize your project in even greater depth in 3D

right in your web browser.

Easily navigate through time

and step through older versions of your project

to understand changes.

Truly collaborate with your peers

utilizing the latest features our cloud technology offers

without the need for a full software license.

The third release highlight and major milestone

for Seequent Central is the integration with GeoStudio.

This integration brings yet another geoscientific discipline

to the table.

For the first time, we can invite geo-technical experts

to join the team through a direct connection

with GeoStudio.

This is our first step or phase in the interoperability

of Leapfrog, Central, and GeoStudio

enabling 3D meshes created in Leapfrog

to be published to Central and then imported into GeoStudio.

Directly connect to a central geological model

to import mesh-based topographic or context surfaces

into build 3D to use as background geometry

or for parametric surface fitting.

Import your mesh directly into Central

from Build 3D and using GeoStudio.

For the first time,

geo-technical engineers can be fully immersed

and interactively engaged in the modeling process

of the physical site and introduce essential 3D surfaces

directly from Central as soon as change occurs.

This allows them to pursue an agile geo-technical analysis

throughout the life cycle of an asset.

Now, I’ll move over into the active demonstration

and give you a little bit more insight

into just what these new features can do.

So here we are in our Central portal

and I’ve already opened the relevant project.

Let’s say I have a new member joining my team

or maybe an auditor request some insight,

or there’s a C-level executive that needs an update

for budget purposes.

In the past, sharing this information

would probably have required me to portray the history

of the project and the main decision making process

through both 2D and 3D means.

Most likely, a PowerPoint with some screenshots in it

and opening up Leapfrog Geo to spin the model around.

Central already helps dramatically

through structured publishing events,

establishing version control,

and correlated notes and comments.

I can add my new team member to the portal

and they can easily see the history of the project

and what decisions were made

that has influenced the model so far.

Sometimes, major milestones can be buried

in the comment section, making them hard to find.

To address this, we can now add scenes.

Some can be pinned to highlight their importance

and set on top of the list and others can be used

for current conversation or exchange.

Anyone with access to the project can easily navigate

to the most important parts, engage as a project team,

and ensure that they are looking at the correct aspects

of the project.

If I click on a scene,

it opens the scene properties window

where I can see information about the scene

and choose to open it in the original revision

it was created in or in the latest revision.

Let’s start off by opening the original revision.

Clicking on this takes me right to the scene view

that was saved, showing everything

that was originally loaded on a Geo tag

of the area of interest.

The scene was created for two reasons.

The first being to show off the gold trend

from the drilling, and the second to indicate

that it looks like the early diorite shape,

which is the lithology the gold distribution is linked to,

is being blown out to the east and needs to be refined.

In addition to scenes,

we can now easily navigate our project history

from within the web visualization.

If we click on this arrow up here,

we can then switch to the latest revision.

I now have the same view of the data,

but I can see how the addition of new drilling

has changed the shape of the gold trend.

The comment about the shape of the diorite

has been taken by a colleague over to the lithology branch,

where the shape has been refined based on the findings

of the resource model.

We can move between the previous revision

and the latest one,

just to see how much the shape has changed.

Now, let’s say I’ve been tasked

with planning drill holes for the Dacite dike.

This is something we’ll probably go back to a few times

or need to share with a colleague or superior.

So let’s create a scene of my lung section

showing my drill hole pierce points.

I’ll create a slice, set the width

and go into my Scenes tab where I can add the scene.

I’ll give it a title,

a brief description,

and maybe a Geo tag of where I want to drill first.

Then I click on Add,

and now it’s saved a new lithology branch

and I can go back to it whenever I want to.

Now that my scene is saved,

I can go to the previous revision

and see how the drilling that I’ve done

has changed the shape between the last revision and now.

In the future, when there’s another revision,

I can see how the shape continues to evolve

with the drilling that we’ll be doing.

If I want to make sure my scene doesn’t get lost,

I can click on the ellipses and pin it to the main bar.

Now if I go to the project overview,

my scene is front and center

and I can easily open it to get back to it.

It’s very easy to maintain a clean environment

by editing, unpinning, or deleting scenes

you no longer need.

I can also share my scene with other Central users

by clicking on the arrow and inviting them to collaborate

through their email address.

This notifies them of the scene

and sends them right to it from an email

or the notifications pane.

Now we’ll take a closer look at more of the new features

included in the web visualization.

Let’s say I made a mistake when naming my branch

or one of my team members gave a branch a name

that was a bit odd.

Now, finally, it can be renamed.

This has been one of our most requested features,

and we’re happy to bring it to you.

Opening the revision, I can now multi-select objects

and drag and drop them into the scene,

making it faster to look at my data.

I can cut a slice through my scene

and have individual objects be sliced from the scene

or unsliced allowing me a greater variety of ways

to look at my data.


Now I’ve lost my solving space.

I hate it when this happens.

Ah, but that’s okay,

because now I have the option to click on the ellipse

and zoom to view, which will bring me right back

to where I need to be.

Let’s have a closer look at these drill holes.

I’d like to look at the gold

so we’ll turn on the gold color map,

but I also have copper values.

Previously, I would have to look at them separately,

but now I can scale my radius by a different legend.

Let’s see how the gold and copper values compare.

I can also click on each individual disk

and see the values of my data.

I can measure distances in 3D.

It looks like this drill hole spacing is pretty broad,

so we might need to add another hole between these.

We also have the ability to adjust the add settings

by exaggerating the z-axis scale,

changing the camera angle,

and choosing whether we want to see the screen grid,

access lines, scale bar, and compass ball.

This new functionality allows me to navigate

to the project much easier,

see all the data that’s relevant

and removes the need for me or other team members

to have access to desktop software

when not actively updating the model.

For projects which have a lot of activity,

being notified every time there is an event

can be a bit annoying.

In this new release,

notifications emails are sent in batches

every 30 minutes based on the events that occur.

This reduces the noise for customers

who are active in Central

and provides a more effective report structure

for supervising team members.

For the third release highlight,

let’s pretend that I’m a geo-technical engineer

and I’ve been invited to Central to familiarize myself

with the project that I will be collaborating on.

I can use this handy pin scene to quickly open the project

and the relevant data in the web visualization

and familiarize myself with the content of the project.

I can see here that there are three relevant surfaces

that I will need to do my analysis.

And I can click on them

and find their names here in the bottom corner.

Moving over into GeoStudio Build 3D,

I have already imported a background mesh

for the topography of the site.

Let’s just give that a spin

and make sure everything looks okay.

Now to bring in the needed meshes from Central,

I’ll navigate to Import

and choose Import Background from Central.

In this window, I select the Central server,

then the project name,

the branch,

the ID or in this case, we’ll use the latest revision

and finally the geological model.

After hitting OK,

I’ll navigate into the import background window

and change some of the key settings

to create these background meshes.

First off, notice I can select which background meshes

I want to include from the geological model.

Further down, we have the transformation section

of the dialog box.

Notice once the import is complete

that the background meshes are not oriented

with the surface topography.

From the dropdown, I can select to save transformation,

which automatically remaps the meshes

from Leapfrog coordinates to GeoStudio coordinates.

This moves the base point,

such that the background meshes are located closer

to the 0, 0, 0 axes.

And just like that, I’ve downloaded my meshes from Central

and I’m ready to use them in GeoStudio.

To connect with the Central August 2021 release,

you will need to ensure you are using these versions

of our desktop solutions.

In summary, this release of Central

is probably one of the most significant for Seequent,

with huge amounts of development time

and company resources committed to delivering

the best products and solutions we can

based on your needs, ideas and suggestions.

All features, whether they be the creation of scenes,

improvement of web visualization tools,

or our phase one integration with GeoStudio

are all aimed to connect you

and your multidisciplinary network more strongly,

visually engage your audience,

and allow everyone to create a real time,

subsurface digital twin.

Before we end our release webinar today,

we would love to provide you with a sneak peek

of what other great Central features await you in 2021.

One of our main objectives

is to forward our continued software integration,

not just with GeoStudio but also with Oasis montaj,

to be able to share even more objects,

both in the 2D and 3D world as well as taking advantage

of the model management capabilities of Central.

Being able to cast an even wider net

to all stakeholders involved in the project

is a key component for effective collaboration.

As such, we will provide the ability

to share 3D scenes through public sharing

and embedding capabilities.

No sign in required, just send the link.

And finally, it is the little things

that make such a huge difference to our daily modeling

and data management routine.

As such, we are working hard on adding estimation objects

to support mining customers and partners,

surface metadata to support our civil customers,

section line work, both for GeoStudio

and civil customers and published linked geological models,

which closes off key feedback

from the Central 4.0 release.

As always, you the customer,

are key in the development of our products,

and we invite you to continue to share your ideas

and suggestions .

Together, we can create a product

that not only fits your needs today,

but also anticipates the demands of tomorrow.

And on that note, I’d like to remind

and encourage everyone to attend Lyceum 2021.

For more information and to register,

head over to

Thank you so much for attending today.

I hope this webinar held some valuable information for you.

And as always, should you have any questions,

please don’t hesitate to reach out

and get in touch with us

through our regional representatives.

If you have a few minutes to spare,

I would also like to invite you to a brief survey

at the end of this presentation

that will help in identifying what’s important to you

and what we can do better next time.

Thanks again and have a wonderful rest of your day.