GSI3D Research Consortium
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.
How does the GSI3D software work?
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. Download a product brochure as PDF.
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.
How can I get 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.