New Zealand-based Aranz Geo has launched a new model management platform designed to support continuous 3D modelling in mines.

The company collaborated with various mining and exploration companies to develop the new Leapfrog Central platform.

This software can be used to control and manage evolution of models and track them from a central point, helping improve decision-making.

Aranz Geo product director Tim Schurr said: "Models need to have the very latest data included for decision-making.

"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."

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"Models need to have the very latest data included for decision-making."

Leapfrog Central displays the evolution of models over time in 3D, and also allows attachment of documents, images, annotations and geotags to models in order to help build a complete picture.

Mine operators and partners will be able to gain full transparency of the model development process based on the discussions, including suggestions and comments.

Leapfrog Central beta partner user and geology manager at Rio Tinto Oyu Tolgoli Otgonbayar Togtokhbayar said: "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."

The implicit modelling engine (FastRBF) of Leapfrog creates surfaces directly from data and eliminates the need for manual digitisation that consumes more time.

Image: Leapfrog Central can be used by minining companies to control and manage evolution of models. Photo: courtesy of Aranz Geo Limited.