Three-Dimensional Modeling with Geoscientific Information Systems

  • A. Keith Turner

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 354)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Preface and Achievements of the Workshop

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. K. Turner
      Pages 3-5
    3. A. K. Turner
      Pages 7-10
  3. Definition Of The Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-12
    2. Charles C. Fried
      Pages 39-44
  4. Existing Three-Dimensional Geoscientific Information Systems

  5. Three-Dimensional Data Structures And Display Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-144
    2. I. Gargantini
      Pages 145-157
    3. Xiaoyang Mao, Issei Fujishiro, Tosiyasu L. Kunii, Akira Shimizu
      Pages 259-281
  6. Applications Of Three-Dimensional Geoscientific Modeling

  7. Transcriptions Of Conference Committee Discussions

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 411-443

About this book


A. K. TURNER Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado 80401 USA Geology deals with three-dimensional data. Geoscientists are concerned with three­ dimensional spatial observations, measurements, and explanations of a great variety of phenomena. The representation of three-dimensional data has always been a problem. Prior to computers, graphical displays involved specialized maps, cross-sections, fence diagrams, and geometrical constructions such as stereonets. All were designed to portray three-dimensional relationships on two-dimensional paper products, and all were time­ consuming to develop. Until recently, computers were of little assistance to three-dimensional data handling and representation problems. Memory was too expensive to handle the huge amounts of data required by three-dimensional assessments; computational speeds were too slow to perform the necessary calculations within a reasonable time; and graphical displays had too Iowa resolution or were much too expensive to produce useful visualizations. Much experience was gained with two-dimensional geographic information systems (GIS), which were applied to many land-use management and resource assessment problems. The two-dimensional GIS field matured rapidly in the late 1980's and became widely accepted. The advent of the modern computer workstation, with its enhanced memory and graphical capabilities at ever more affordable prices, has largely overcome these earlier constraints.


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Editors and affiliations

  • A. Keith Turner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and Geological EngineeringColorado School of MinesGoldenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5128-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2556-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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