3D GIS and geology: GeORG

The use of GIS to produce 3D models is pretty much normal in the spatialstudies world, but very much under-appreciated by the world of engineers. Geology is a topic which very much interests engineers – most particularly in tunnel engineering. So it is interesting to read about a project which produced a GIS-based, 3D model of the geology of an area of the upper river Rhine.

The project is called GeORG, and was designed to “explore the geological potential of the GeORG imageUpper Rhine Graben”. The English-language flyer says that “Drilling and seismic data compiled in the project are analyzed with specific software and a 3D model of the geological subsurface is developed. The modelled geological faults and boundaries are transferred in a three-dimensional solid model. Hydrogeological and geothermal properties can be attributed and additional information on geopotentials can be derived.”

Some weblinks

  • Website (English)
  • The site’s products page, with links to videos and other material (in different languages)
  • The GeORG project’s mapviewer page
  • The project’s documents download page, with links to a lot of material describing the project, and in different languages




About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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