Seequent (formerly ARANZ Geo), a developer of geoscience analysis and modelling software based in Christchurch, has scored a deal with US based design, engineering, construction and technical services firm Jacobs for the use of Seequent’s Leapfrog Works 3D subsurface modelling software on its civil engineering and environmental projects around the world.
Seequent said the agreement covered Jacobs staff in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong and Canada who would use Seequent’s products to better understand and communicate geology and risk.
It said the agreement followed the use by Jacobs of Leapfrog Works on many significant projects, including the proposed Emu Swamp Dam for the Severn River in Queensland to gain an understanding of the geology and mitigate the potential risks of the dam.
“Jacobs used Leapfrog Works to create a subsurface model of the Emu Swamp Dam which identified potential geological challenges, such as areas in the proposed dam footprint that may require mitigation in the design phase, and successfully communicated these challenges to all stakeholders including engineers, farmers, and the community using Seequent’s highly visual 3D collaboration tools,” Seequent said.
Graeme Jardine, technical director engineering geology with Jacobs Australia said the company had used Seequent’s products to communicate with the community and non-technical forums.
“Communicating in 3D really helped people to understand and visualise the project,” he said. “We were also able to use Leapfrog Works’ movie feature to create fly throughs which we could easily pause during consultations to explain key aspects. These impressive visualisations really helped to bring the project to life.”
Seequent now US-owned
In September 2018 Silicon Valley private equity firm Accel-KKR acquired a 75 percent stake in Seequent for $100m. Seequent's founders, management team and New Zealand private equity firm, Pencarrow held the remainder.
Accel-KKR said at the time Seequent's global headquarters would remain in Christchurch and it would continue to run R&D from New Zealand. Shortly after that Seequent acquired Canadian provider of subsurface geology and exploration technology, Geosoft.