Leapfrog Geothermal 3.3 includes time-based visualisation of geophysical data and connectivity to Leapfrog's model management platform, Leapfrog Central. The release represents a major development programme for Leapfrog Geothermal, and is the first of a number of specific updates to come in 2017.
Shaun Maloney, CEO of ARANZ Geo stated: "We are committed to bringing the best integrated 3-D geological modelling solution to the geothermal industry, helping ensure that valuable natural resources are managed efficiently and that the renewable energy they produce is maintained for future generations. In addition to the geothermal industry, ARANZ Geo contributes technology and solutions to enable earth, environmental and energy projects around the world."
According to ARANZ Geo, Leapfrog Geothermal is the only purpose-built 3-D geothermal modelling solution on the market and integrates with leading reservoir engineering and geophysical software. The workflow-based solution uses implicit modelling to build surfaces directly from data, while subsurface professionals use their skills and interpretation to guide the process.
Leapfrog Geothermal has experienced growth globally, with licences sold in Australia, Iceland, East Africa, the US and across Asia Pacific.
Maloney added: "The growth of Leapfrog Geothermal includes working with non-government organisations to add value in developing countries. We've upskilled geothermal professionals across East Africa so they can use Leapfrog software on the increasing number of renewable energy operations. We're also working with a relief group in Saharan Africa to enable groundwater evaluations for siting new wells in refugee and aide camps in the area."
Among the new features, the time-based visualisation of geophysical point data enables micro-seismic data to be visualised over time, assisting with the early identification of reservoir structures and delineation of these as more data becomes available. Geophysical data has also been reorganised into a single Geophysical Data folder, with related functionality and the ability to import numerous data types including magneto-telluric (MT) data. Users can now also import 2-D points into the Geophysical Data folder.
Product Manager Brennan Williams said: "With Geothermal you're often dealing with limited data, so it's important to be able to readily incorporate geophysics like MT data to inform the reservoir conceptual model and help make critical decisions such as where to drill early exploration wells."