The Geosoft 2012 Software Release includes updates to Oasis montaj, Target, Target for ArcGIS and GM-SYS Modelling software. New capabilities and workflow improvements help save time and provide greater flexibility when visualizing multidisciplinary geoscience data in 2D and 3D.
Improved 2D to 3D workflows in Target for ArcGIS: The 2D to 3D workflow enhancements, include new display capabilities, and new section import and export options. Layers, such as interpretation layers from sections or plans can now be easily displayed in their correct geospatial orientation within your 3D view. 2D section interpretations can be exported to a 3D georeferenced file, such as shapefiles or DXF files, to be shared with other 3D applications. 3D vector files, such as open pit outlines, and wire frames can now be easily imported to multiple section and plan maps.
3D Viewer improvements: Geosoft 3D gridding methods have been expanded to include IDW and direct gridding; these new methods better support the 3D gridding of a broad range of data types. Angled clipping of objects in 3D views provides the ability to clip parallel or perpendicular to dataset orientation or geological strike. Geoscientists can set a clipping plane that aligns with any direction chosen.
Expanded GM-SYS 3D density model support: Voxels can be used to define the 3D density variation within GM-SYS 3D model layers. This provides more direct integration with 3D seismic data as the generated density cubes may be used directly in the GM-SYS model.
Geosoft has released VOXI Earth Modelling, a cloud-based geophysical inversion software service that generates 3D voxel models from airborne or ground gravity and magnetic data. VOXI is available as part of the Geosoft 2012 Software Release.
Over the past decade, 3D geophysical modelling has become increasingly important to exploration around the world. The ability to convert geophysical measurements directly into 3D images of subsurface rock properties that can be integrated with other exploration information in three dimensions enables resource explorers to extract significantly more insight from geophysical data.
“One of the important benefits of converting gravity or magnetic data into a 3D earth model is that the visual end product allows explorers to see and understand the subsurface using now common 3D viewing platforms,“ said Ian MacLeod, Geosoft Chief Technologist. “VOXI produces a model of rock properties, which can be directly integrated with other surface and subsurface geologic observations. ”
Integration is important, says MacLeod, because no one technique provides all the answers. “Geophysical models often need to be constrained by geological and geochemical observations in three dimensions. Our aim as explorers is to develop the most complete subsurface picture of geology and mineral systems that we can.”
Geosoft experts and industry collaborators have presented on the topic of 3D modelling at a number of global conferences. Here are some highlights:
|•||SBGf Forum paper on Non-Uniqueness in Potential Field Inversion With Application to the Potiguar Basin: by Robert Ellis|
|•||ASEG technical paper on Inversion of Magnetic Data from Remanent and Induced Sources: by Robert Ellis, Barry de Wet and Ian Macleod|
|•||EAGE presentation on 3D Gravity and Magnetic Model of a Triassic Large Igneous Province Vent in Central Alaska Range, Alaska: by Gerry Connard.|
|•||PDAC presentation on VOXI: A cloud approach to Earth Modelling: by Ian Macleod.|
In the Community: Geosoft sponsorship supports CET geophysical image analysis research
|Geosoft recently announced a Knowledge from Data© Sponsorship to support continuing collaboration between Geosoft and Australia-based Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET). This support will facilitate relevant image analysis research through short-term CET student projects and communication between CET academics and Geosoft.
“Geosoft’s collaboration with the Centre for Exploration Targeting has grown over the years, and we’re pleased to support CET research initiatives through sponsorship,” said Darin Bryce, Managing Director, Geosoft Australia. “We look forward to contributing to applied research and technology outcomes that progress our shared goal of improving the success of exploration targeting.”
The CET’s Geophysics and Image Analysis research initiatives are aimed at making significant and valued contributions to improve efficiency, accuracy and consistency in the use of data for the mining and exploration industry and other geoscientific communities. The objective is to maximize human intuition and minimize human biases in geoscientific data analysis though computer aided interpretation and computer field technology.