GSI3D (Geological surveying and investigation
in three dimensions) is a methodology and associated software tool for 3D geological modelling which
enables you to quickly and intuitively construct 3D solid models of the subsurface for a wide range of applications.
The methodology and software has been developed jointly by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and INSIGHT GmbH
and is being applied by the BGS, where it is the modelling tool of choice.
It is now available on general release as part of the not–for–profit GSI3D Research Consortium.
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GSI3D is designed for the geoscientist, rather than expert software users. The model is
built by enabling the user to construct traditional cross sections by correlating
boreholes and outcrop data to produce a network of interlocking sections, or geological fence diagram.
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Together with a digital elevation model, this geological interpretation is then
used by the software engine to produce a 3D solid model of the subsurface — a single click operation.
Geoscientists can draw their sections based on facts such as borehole logs or geophysical
sections correlated by intuition — the shape 'looks right' to a geologist.
This 'looks right'
element pulls on the geoscientists' wealth of understanding of earth processes, examination of
exposures and theoretical knowledge. GSI3D enables the
efficient capture of tacit and implicit knowledge which until now has been difficult to tap
into using existing modelling methodologies. GSI3D applications and capabilities.
YouTube video - Building 3D geological models using GSI3D
GSI3D is now available for geoscientists outside of the BGS,
where it has been in use and development for a number of years. GSI3D is being offered to all as
part of the GSI3D research consortium at competitive prices
and on a not–for–profit basis.
All income received by BGS will be used to support and run the consortium and to further develop GSI3D on everyone's behalf.