SPE 112

SPE 112

SPE 112

2019 Synopsis of Three-dimensional Geological Mapping and Modelling at Geological Survey Organizations

Since the publication in 2011 of the “Synopsis of Current Three-dimensional Geological Mapping and Modeling in Geological Survey Organizations” there has been an increased uptake of 3D mapping and modelling methods at geological survey organizations (GSOs) across provincial, territorial, state, and federal levels. This mirrors a growing recognition of the societal value of geoscience data management, geological mapping, visualization, and modelling applications to support science-based decision making in the areas of sustainable resource development, environmental protection, and public safety.

This update to the 2011 publication will provide geoscience organizations with a guide highlighting the recent successes, accomplishments, and challenges experienced by GSOs in the development and deployment of their 3D modelling programs. It will provide context for organizations looking to gain support within their organizations to build 3D modelling programs by leveraging the business cases and approaches highlighted by international surveys with successful 3D modelling programs.

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Individual Chapters:

Chapter 1 - Overview

Chapter 2 - Background and Purpose

Chapter 3 - Overview of Geological Survey Organizations’ Contributions on Modelling Approaches

Chapter 4 - Benefit-Cost Analysis for Building 3D Maps and Models

Chapter 5 - The Alberta Geological Survey 3D Geological Modelling Program

Chapter 6 - Three-Dimensional Geological Modelling at the Geological Survey of Austria

Chapter 7 - Advancements in 3D Geological Modelling and Geo-data Integration at the Bavarian State Geological Survey

Chapter 8 - Geological Survey of Canada: Geological Mapping in Three Dimensions

Chapter 9 - Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya: Synopsis of Three-Dimensional Geological Mapping and Modelling

Chapter 10 - 3D Geological Modelling at the Czech Geological Survey

Chapter 11 - Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland - Targeting Current 3D Model Needs

Chapter 12 - Geological Survey of Finland: Steps from Seamless Mapping Towards a National Geological 3D-Framework

Chapter 13 - Examples of Computational 3D Modelling at the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

Chapter 14 - Illinois State Geological Survey: Three-Dimensional Geological Mapping and Modelling in Illinois, USA

Chapter 15 - 3D Geological Modelling at the Geological Survey of Italy (Servizio Geologico d’Italia): an Overview

Chapter 16 - Minnesota Geological Survey Geological Mapping

Chapter 17 - Systematic 3D Subsurface Mapping in the Netherlands

Chapter 18 - Statewide 3D Mapping Project at the Geological Survey of New South Wales

Chapter 19 - New Zealand 3D Geological Mapping and Modelling

Chapter 20 - Ontario Geological Survey Three-Dimensional Mapping Activities

Chapter 21 - 3D Geological Modelling at the Polish Geological Institute

Chapter 22 - Saskatchewan 3D Phanerozoic Stratigraphic Framework

Chapter 23 - Three-Dimensional Geological Mapping and Modelling at the Geological Survey of Sweden

Chapter 24 - Swiss Geological Survey: Modelling a Small but Complex Country

Chapter 25 - 3D Geoscience for the UK and Beyond

Chapter 26 - Status of Three-Dimensional Geological Mapping and Modelling Activities in the U.S. Geological Survey

Chapter 27 - Communicating 3D Geology to Stakeholders

Chapter 28 - Global 3D Mapping and Modelling Coordination Initiatives

Chapter 29 - Future of 3D Geological Mapping and Modelling at Geological Survey Organizations

Chapter 30 - Conclusions and Recommendations

MacCormack, K.E., Berg, R.C., Kessler, H., Russell, H.A.J. and Thorleifson, L.H. (ed.) (2019): 2019 synopsis of current three-dimensional geological mapping and modelling in geological survey organizations; Alberta Energy Regulator / Alberta Geological Survey, AER/AGS Special Report 112, 307 p.