Visual Geosciences

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 25–36 | Cite as

Increasing the usability and accessibility of geodynamic modelling tools to the geoscience community: UnderworldGUI

  • Shea Goyette
  • Masa Takatsuka
  • Stuart Clark
  • R. Dietmar Müller
  • Patrice Rey
  • Dave R. Stegman
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Abstract

Geoscientists are faced with a number of complexities that represent obstacles to the development of realistic simulation of deep earth processes. Realistic 4D thermo-mechanical simulation using software packages like Underworld and Gale, when combined appropriately with geoscientific expertise, can lead to novel insights into the deformation of geological structures at a wide range of time and spatial scales. The challenge for end-user geoscientists lies in applying their knowledge within the framework of the software’s input specification, including initial, internal, and boundary conditions and output visualization parameters. We have built a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to remove many of the difficulties related to editing the Extensible Markup Language (XML) encoded input files of Underworld/Gale geomodels and therefore, to greatly broaden the user base of these software packages. By helping Underworld/Gale to meet a large audience, we provide a tool to the geoscience community that helps to move from untested conceptual models to physically valid, properly scaled modelling. Furthermore, the UnderworldGUI offers a mechanism for storing and retrieving experimental models in a centralised database, thus providing the geoscience community with a means to share the outcomes of its experimental research. Further details of the UnderworldGUI are available at the web site http://www.wiki.vislab.usyd.edu.au/moinwiki/UnderworldGUI.

Keywords

Finite-element Gale Particle-in-cell Underworld User interface 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shea Goyette
    • 1
  • Masa Takatsuka
    • 1
  • Stuart Clark
    • 2
  • R. Dietmar Müller
    • 2
  • Patrice Rey
    • 2
  • Dave R. Stegman
    • 3
  1. 1.VislabUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Earthbyte Group, School of GeosciencesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of Mathematical SciencesMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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