“A long-time challenge for the industry has been the disparate processes of designing infrastructure and ground engineering, from tender to feasibility to operational phases. Working with industry leaders, we’ve developed a modelling solution that pairs a view of the geology with the engineering design, to better communicate the associated risks in projects to stakeholders,” Seequent’s General Manager of Civil and Environmental Daniel Wallace says.
First introduced to the mining and minerals industry close to 15 years ago, Leapfrog® 3D geological modelling solutions are now available for a range of industries to help uncover valuable insights from geological data, to allow better decision making for earth, environment and energy challenges.
Leapfrog Works allows users to build 3D models from geotechnical data in days, not weeks, in an easy to use workflow. Models can be rapidly edited and new data can be easily reimported over the project lifecycle. Leapfrog enables collaboration and file sharing between multiple parties from remote locations using standard IT set up. Powerful 3D visualisations can be readily shared to aid stakeholder communication and understanding at each stage of a project.
Leapfrog Works interfaces and exchanges information with diverse digital design and Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital geotechnical database platforms. The optional hydrogeology solution kit also integrates with flow simulation packages.
Civil engineering and environmental industries are already “embracing the power of Leapfrog Works” according to Wallace. “We’ve been working alongside Mott MacDonald to identify opportunities to improve understanding and communication of ground conditions in infrastructure and groundwater projects, and support the cultural shift towards digitisation and collaborative working.”
Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management and development consultancy with over 16,000 employees in 150 countries, provided input into the development of Leapfrog Works. The company has signed a global enterprise agreement to give all geotechnical practitioners access.
“The communication of geotechnical issues to non-specialists has been a long-standing challenge for geotechnics practitioners, however Leapfrog has generated a step change improvement in our ability to communicate geotechnical issues to a wide range of stakeholders,” says Mott MacDonald’s geotechnics global practice leader Tony O’Brien.
Leapfrog unleashes a broad range of opportunities by enabling an improved understanding of ground risks and opportunities for innovation from available historical and investigation data.
O’Brien added, “The software’s 3D geological models allow our project teams to thoroughly interrogate ground data from a variety of sources and field observations. By interrogating data sources in this way and applying our geotechnics expertise, we have achieved more efficient design solutions with higher levels of confidence.
“The outcome was targeted investigation, design, remedial and temporary works solutions. What this means in practice is illustrated by some of the projects we have utilised Leapfrog on. Since using the software, we have seen substantial reductions in the time needed to produce ground models, with associated cost savings compared to traditional approaches.
Some projects Mott MacDonald has used Leapfrog on include:
- The Upper Chelburn Impounding Reservoir and Blackpool South Surface Water Separation projects for United Utilities in the UK. Highly focused solutions were developed to improve design, deliver savings and assist with communications between clients, contractors and neighbours.
- A feasibility assessment of a large rock cavern network in Singapore based on the development of complex geological and rock mass strength models.
- 3D visualisations of a proposed airport in Indonesia, including handling of very high-resolution topography, drone imagery, proposed earthworks and underlying geology over a wide area.
- Tunnelling projects worldwide, including the modelling of fault and deep weathering of the geology surrounding a tunnel in Indonesia that had collapsed during construction.
- Construction projects such as on several NHS sites through Scotland to explain site constraints and enable clear stakeholder engagement.
- Major transportation projects including the alignment of a key new transportation route in the UK to assess, categorise and visualise risk to enable refinements of the route geometry to avoid higher risk areas and the design of remedial works.
“Leapfrog Works allows clients to see the bigger picture and have the clarity and confidence to make better design and construction decisions; whether it’s for a road, a building, a dam, or a tunnel,” says Wallace.
Seequent is contributing to the modelling, understanding and management of geological risk for projects in over 80 countries around the globe. The company’s rapidly growing global footprint includes offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Peru, Russia, South Africa, and the UK.
Find out more about Leapfrog Works here.