Modelling Alberta’s Geology in 3D
Our Geological Framework is a set of 3D models we use for integrating, interpreting, and analyzing geoscience data in 3D to help answer geological questions for our province. Evaluating geoscience data in 3D supports our province’s ability to make science-based decisions related to topics like land-use planning, environmental sustainability, economic diversification, and public safety. The largest of our 3D models is called the Geological Framework of Alberta model (GFA model). As of 2021, the GFA model covers most of Alberta (excluding the Rocky Mountains and Foothills area). It includes all the geological material from just below the ground surface to 6 km below sea level. We publish our 3D models in various formats including 3D model files, GIS data, tabular data, and online interactive applications.