SubsurfaceViewer® is designed to visualize subsurface matters in a most comprehensive way: It allows geologists to produce, on the fly, a potentially unlimited number of views on geological data and digital subsurface models. This is possible, because all different kinds of subsurface data can be combined and represented in any number of combinations.
The object-based philosophy of the SubsurfaceViewer distinguishes it from other applications that just enable the user to produce single images or maps for printouts. SubsurfaceViewer provides the geologist with access to all geological objects of the subsurface (like drilling profiles, cross-sections, DTMs, geologic layers, etc.), so you can, at any time, select, combine and display all objects under various aspects; from different angles, at any level of enlargement, etc. You can, of course, look at and analyse each individual object in the way you desire.
The fundamental control of all information is done via the 2D-map window, where all objects are always present and where all their properties can be managed. You can integrate drilling profiles with their descriptive lithology data and geophysical measurement data. The system integrates digital elevation models in the form of grids that represent the ground level surface as well as other surfaces, for example, the groundwater table.
The representation of surfaces can also be made with triangulated networks. Maps may be loaded two dimensionally, as images. Layer information can be loaded in the form of top and bottom surfaces of layers as Grids and TINs that together make up the layer edges. VOXEL models and geological faults can be integrated, too. The SubsurfaceViewer system can load all model data that, all together, describe a subsurface area completely, including site investigation data.
Geological maps and vertical sections as well as hypothetic drill logs can be derived from structure models and these kinds of data can directly be sent to the 3D window, so you have an immediate 3D-view of the complete subsurface area. You can even transform these views into stereographic projections via high tech 3D television sets that allow complete, real three-dimensional representations. The same effects are available if you look at your 3D anaglyphic images with red cyan glasses.
All individual objects are controllable in the way they are represented on the screen. Units for example can be represented as solid shells, but also in the form of contour lines, 3D-meshes or thickness maps. Therefore, objects can be displayed in various ways to explore different aspects. All parts in the two-dimensional windows automatically receive a reference to be able to create 3D-views. All this happens on the fly. So every modification of object properties immediately causes the corresponding change in all views, thus making it possible for the geoscientist to take advantage of the real time functionality during discussions and presentations.
In the SubsurfaceViewer cross-section window, the vertical view is represented. The geoscientist can create sections here to allow insight into the subsurface. He can do this by simply placing drilling profiles next to one another and extend this view by adding sections lines with digital terrain models or other surfaces to the view; or he can add existing models and make them visible in the sections, in combination with either VOXEL-models that describe the subsurface properties or with sections created beforehand in analogue form, which the system can also integrate by georeferencing them.
There is the export function for your images. You can use normal images, but at a much higher resolution than displayed on the computer screen. There is a world file for immediate use of your images in other GIS environments. You may also export your models into different formats, in order to further process them with other software products - in the range of GIS you may use shape export formats - or you can export individually combined surfaces into grids and TINs for groundwater flow modeling.
You can easily make videos of your 3D-scenes with the video functionality, which allows you to show the model views you selected for your presentation in the form of moving and turning 3D video-scenes. The video functionality is important, if you want to automatically transform your 3D scenes into a ready to play video that you can hand over to your client. This way, your client can see all the different views of the subsurface you want to show him, but he does not have to possess SubsurfaceViewer to do so, for the program videos are in a standard format.
The digital video is also an alternative to the many pictures of a Powerpoint presentation, because you can always use the video and access the certain scenes that you want to show, but you do not have to run the program.