Why implicit modelling?

Many of the problems faced when modelling geology are the result of computer software expecting a geologist to conform. Implicit modelling differs in that it relies on an application of rules to transform the input data to produce a model, it’s faster, more flexible and fundamentally better suited. Dr Richard Lane considers the usefulness of the implicit approach.

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DR RICHARD LANE

PREVIOUSLY RESEARCH DIRECTOR
ARANZ GEO
PJ Hollenbeck

Reduced geological risk

Integrating implicit modelling processes into the workflow has not only expedited the first iteration of a model, but has facilitated the construction of multiple versions and refinements to test and compare. Consultant Patrick PJ Hollenbeck discusses the advantages the approach has delivered.

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PATRICK ‘PJ’

HOLLENBECK

INDEPENDENT CONSULTING GEOLOGIST
Paul Hodkiewicz

The future of geological modelling

The significant lack of communication and interaction between geoscience and geostatistics often results in reduced confidence in resource classification and sometimes poor business decisions. Paul discusses how this gap can be bridged by the power of implicit modelling, rapidly building and updating grade control models with geological rules intact.

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PAUL HODKIEWICZ

SENIOR MANAGER TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
BHP BILLITON
Anthony Reed

Lessons at MMG

MMG have a vision of ‘every geologist using 3D every day.’ The increase in speed of modelling has been transformational for MMG’s exploration projects but the real value has been in using implicit modelling earlier in the process for developing new ideas and driving go/no-go decisions. Anthony explains how the approach allows users far more time to be geologists.

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ANTHONY REED

3D STRUCTURAL GEOLOGIST/INFORMATION GEOLOGIST
MMG

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