ARANZ Geo Ltd, developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog Mining, has announced that it has signed a new umbrella software licence with leading mining group Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto has been using Leapfrog since 2007 and the signing of the agreement reflects increased usage of Leapfrog across the group. A Rio Tinto spokesperson said that “Leapfrog Mining is used by Rio Tinto geologists in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, and Peru. In addition to the use of Leapfrog for modelling exploration data for copper, iron ore, coal and uranium; Leapfrog is also used for project evaluation, targeting and structural modelling.”The Leapfrog Mining software is described as “fast, dynamic, 3D geological modelling technology with innovative workflows that enable the best possible understanding of the geology. Leapfrog enables accurate and consistent visualisation of data providing confidence in the interpretation and modelling of that data from early exploration to mine remediation. Multiple hypotheses can be explored, new data added and course corrections made easily as the project proceeds.”ARANZ Geo has also announced the appointment of new Turkish distributor, JeoDijital. This was effective as of February 2012. “The JeoDijital team will be invaluable to our clients in supporting their 3D geological modelling needs and move the business forward in the rapidly growing Turkish market.” said Shaun Maloney, Chief Executive Officer of ARANZ Geo. Dr Hayati Koyuncu, Managing & Research Director of JeoDijital, has more than 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry working for major national and international mining and exploration companies both in Turkey and abroad. His experience ranges from academia to cutting-edge technology based solutions in the exploration and 3D geological modelling of mineral and energy resources, and the environment.