Rapid visualization of geological concepts

Mattia Natali*, Ivan Viola, Daniel Patel

*Corresponding author for this work

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16 Scopus citations


We describe a sketch-based system for constructing an illustrative visualization of the subsurface. An intuitive and rapid modelling tool is defined, which takes as input user's strokes and creates a 3D layer-cake model of the earth. Our tool enables users to quickly express and communicate their ideas directly using a 3D model. For sketching, we have created geometric operators that capture the domain specific modelling requirements. We have devised sketching operators for expressing folding and faulting processes. This makes it possible to produce a large span of scenarios. Moreover, for communicating layer properties such as rock type and grain size, our system allows for associating user defined texture to each layer which can be deformed with a few sketch strokes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 25th SIBGRAPI
Subtitle of host publicationConference on Graphics, Patterns and Images, SIBGRAPI 2012
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event25th Conference on Graphics, Patterns and Images, SIBGRAPI 2012 - Ouro Preto, Brazil
Duration: Aug 22 2012Aug 25 2012

Publication series

NameBrazilian Symposium of Computer Graphic and Image Processing
ISSN (Print)1530-1834


Conference25th Conference on Graphics, Patterns and Images, SIBGRAPI 2012
CityOuro Preto


  • illustrative visualization
  • layer-cake model
  • sketch-based technique
  • stratigraphy
  • structural geology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Signal Processing
  • Software


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