The New Zealand-based company Leapfrog recently featured M&A’s work in the Salta Province of Argentina, where we have been investigating lithium brine resources since 2012.
M&A has been working in collaboration with our client Eramine Sudamerica S.A. to develop drainable and extractable resource estimates for brine aquifers in the Ratones and Centenario salars based on hydraulic parameters, lithium concentrations, and other data. As part of this project, the M&A/Eramine team is developing a density-coupled flow-and-transport model using MODFLOW and FEFLOW. Because we needed a geologic modeling solution that would integrate well with these tools, we decided to use Leapfrog Hydro to create a 3D representation of subsurface conditions in the project area. Building a Leapfrog model was an early step in this investigation; going forward, the model will continue to be valuable as we update information about layers and hydraulic properties.
M&A’s Staffan Schorr has worked with Leapfrog’s development team for many years, providing input for new features that address the unique needs of the groundwater industry. In addition to several other brine resources projects, we have developed Leapfrog models for many mining, environmental, and water supply projects.
The case study quotes Daniel Weber and Megan Zivic, who have served as project manager and project hydrogeologist, respectively, for the Ratones and Centenario investigation. They cite Leapfrog as “a tool we routinely incorporate in work plans as additional projects develop.”
You can also check out the video produced by Leapfrog about its work with M&A.