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Jun 6, 2018

Technical innovation shortlisted for 2018 GE Awards

Seequent and Mott MacDonald have been shortlisted for the Award for Technical Innovation at the 2018 Ground Engineering Awards for helping to transform the shape of ground engineering.

A long-time challenge for the civil engineering and environmental industries has been trying to connect the geology to the engineering design.  To meet that challenge head on, Seequent developed Leapfrog Works, a 3D subsurface modelling solution specifically designed for the Civil Engineering and Environmental industries.

Mott MacDonald helped pioneer the way by providing input into the development of the revolutionary solution which improves the understanding, visualisation and communication of ground conditions in infrastructure and groundwater projects, and supports the cultural shift towards digitisation and collaborative working.

Since its February launch Leapfrog Works has caught the attention of the industry and is gathering momentum with strong user uptake.

It is this effort to transform the way engineers and geotechnical engineers work on projects to deliver better project outcomes for clients, that has resulted in Mott MacDonald and Seequent being shortlisted for this year’s GE Award for Technical Innovation for ‘Go Digital for an industry-ready 3D geological modelling solution.’

Seequent’s General Manager of Civil and Environmental Daniel Wallace, says: “The judges were interested in how our collaboration with Mott MacDonald could transform the shape of ground engineering. Mott MacDonald’s input and willingness to embrace new technical innovation has seen Leapfrog Works adopted business-wide by its global geotechnical practice.”

Mott MacDonald has used Leapfrog Works on a wide range of projects, including the Upper Chelburn Impounding Reservoir, rock cavern networks in Singapore, 3D visualisations of a proposed airport in Indonesia and major global tunnelling, construction and transportation projects.

Image: Building foundations shown in geology in Leapfrog Works

“We’re very proud of the role we’ve played in helping to develop Leapfrog Works,” says Mott MacDonald’s geotechnics global practice leader Tony O’Brien.  “This technical innovation has enabled our team to connect data and workflows and deliver a new clarity in communication that gives everyone a common platform for collaboration.  We’ve seen a step change improvement in our ability to communicate geotechnical challenges to a wide range of stakeholders, and improved project outcomes for our clients.”

Wallace adds, “The big benefits for clients include reduced risk, and keeping projects on time and on budget.  A notable example from Mott MacDonald is one project that saw an estimated 15% cost savings, site wastage reduced to <1% and associated reductions in carbon footprint.”

The winners of the 2018 Ground Engineering Awards will be announced at a gala function in London on 6 June that will bring together 750 industry professionals from the UK and around the world.

Images: Upper Chelburn Reservoir and model - courtesy of Mott MacDonald