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Creatio Ex Nihilo
January 23, 2016
Successful targeting in exploration requires exploration geologists to integrate and interpret large amounts of geological, geophysical, and geochemical data. Traditionally this has been done in 2D using MapInfo, and in pseudo-3D using Discover 3D. Traditionally taking this data and interpreting it in 3D was a time consuming process where a simple model would take weeks, if not months to create. This meant that 3D modeling was only done on advanced exploration projects with significant drill data.
So, why do we still remain in Flatland when we are viewing, and interpreting our exploration data from early stage prospects? With Leapfrog we can and should be viewing all of our exploration data into 3D to extract as much value from it as possible?
Working on a project in the USA, all we had was a few surface observations a USGS geology map and nothing else, but we were able to create a good 3D model from just a few data sources:
A public domain topography data.
Surface geology observations from the 2014 reconnaissance campaign.
Alaska Geological Survey surface geology map.
This only took a few hours to make, but we can quickly see that the 3D visualization and interpretation of exploration data is a critical, and should be applied at every stage in exploration. With leapfrog, models can be quickly created and modified as additional data is obtained. This will allow geologists to fostering multiple hypotheses by having the time and ability to fully examine their data in 3D.
One of the best features of Leapfrog is that when you import data, it is copied into the leapfrog project directory. So you can take it into the field, pass it among colleagues, and you will have access to everything.