ARANZ Geo re­leases aug­mented re­al­ity ge­o­log­i­cal mod­el­ling

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D -

ARANZ Geo Lim­ited, devel­oper of 3D ge­o­log­i­cal mod­el­ling soft­ware Leapfrog, has re­leased a beta ver­sion of the Leapfrog AR aug­mented re­al­ity tool. An ‘in­dus­try first’, Leapfrog AR al­lows users to vi­su­alise ge­o­log­i­cal data and mod­els in the real world, to de­liver im­proved phys­i­cal val­i­da­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

This aug­mented re­al­ity tool al­lows ge­o­log­i­cal mod­els to be su­per­im­posed over a pit or an un­der­ground op­er­a­tion to give a big pic­ture view of the ge­ol­ogy that can be read­ily un­der­stood by mul­ti­ple au­di­ences.

Leapfrog Prod­uct Man­ager Pa­trick Hol­len­beck says, “Imag­ine stand­ing on the edge of a mine pit and see­ing the ge­o­log­i­cal model su­per­im­posed over it. The ge­ol­o­gist view­ing the model can use their knowl­edge of the de­posit and the ter­rain to give a con­tex­tual vis­ual check and col­lab­o­rate in the de­vel­op­ment of the very best model so­lu­tion. This also gives field ge­ol­o­gists the op­por­tu­nity to see what the re­source ge­ol­o­gist deems im­por­tant, and pro­vides a ba­sis for fur­ther dis­cus­sion.”

The aug­mented re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy was de­signed to en­cour­age bet­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion, en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ul­ti­mately in­crease model re­li­a­bil­ity.

“Field geos, re­source geos and con­sul­tants can take the model into the real world of the mine and see it in con­text. It’s de­liv­er­ing a re­li­able field check in a way that’s ac­ces­si­ble and easy to use. It’s also ad­vanc­ing the speed with which these es­sen­tial checks are un­der­taken.

“We’re cur­rently un­der­tak­ing field tests with se­lect clients and we’ll be in­cor­po­rat­ing their feed­back into the next re­lease,” says Hol­len­beck.

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