Understanding Connectivity between Groundwater Chemistry Data and Geological Stratigraphy via 3D Sub-surface Visualization and Analysis

  • Jane Hunter
  • Andre Gebers
  • Lucy Reading
  • Sue Vink
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 448)


This paper describes the 3D Water Chemistry Atlas - an open source, Web-based system that enables the three-dimensional (3D) sub-surface visualization of ground water monitoring data, overlaid on the local geological model. Following a review of existing technologies, the system adopts Cesium (an open source Web-based 3D mapping and visualization interface) together with a PostGreSQL/PostGIS database, for the technical architecture. In addition a range of the search, filtering, browse and analysis tools were developed that enable users to interactively explore the groundwater monitoring data and interpret it spatially and temporally relative to the local geological formations and aquifers via the Cesium interface. The result is an integrated 3D visualization system that enables environmental managers and regulators to assess groundwater conditions, identify inconsistencies in the data, manage impacts and risks and make more informed decisions about activities such as coal seam gas extraction, waste water extraction and re-use.


3D sub-surface visualization groundwater chemistry geological model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Hunter
    • 1
  • Andre Gebers
    • 1
  • Lucy Reading
    • 1
  • Sue Vink
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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