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 Upper 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.”
- 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