ARANZ Geo, developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog®, has released model management platform Leapfrog Central to support continuous 3D modelling.

Developed in collaboration with the world’s most respected mining and exploration companies, Leapfrog Central allows companies to control, manage and track the evolution of models from a central point of truth to improve decision making.

During the 11 years Leapfrog has been in the market, it has challenged the way models are built and updated. Leapfrog delivers the time and opportunity to consider multiple hypothesis and build multiple models. Models are dynamic and readily updated with new information, sometimes daily.

ARANZ Geo product director Tim Schurr says, "We call this process continuous modelling. There is no longer one single static model. Models need to have the very latest data included for decision making. Of course this continuous modelling approach creates a lot of models. We created Leapfrog Central to ensure everyone from geologists, to managers and engineers have access to a central point of truth, the most up-to-date and relevant model."

Leapfrog Central shows the evolution of models over time in 3D. Documents, images, annotations and geotags can be attached to models to help build a complete picture. Discussions such as suggestions and comments are also documented. This gives managers and collaborators full transparency of the development of models.

Leapfrog Central beta partner user Otgonbayar Togtokhbayar, geology manager at Rio Tinto Oyu Tolgoli LLC says, "Leapfrog Central has really changed the way we work, as we can mark-up areas for attention or discussion on models to improve them, and it eliminates version control issues. It’s a great step forward for 3D modelling software."

ARANZ Geo managing director Shaun Maloney says, "We know we are on to something with Leapfrog Central, as many of our beta partners have been eagerly awaiting the market ready product. It solves a problem for these companies and delivers tremendous value to them."