Platform Updates, October 11, 2018
You didn’t hear from us for a while, but that was just because we were busy. We have made changes to the editor, to the visualizations. We also have new support for DXF files and of course, as we promised, FEFLOW. View it all below.
By RICARDO SERRANO
We have added new features during the past two months. Among them, constant thickness layers, and borehole points will make it way easier for you to create cross sections. We also added a feature to bring back and forth cross sections, which will help you to understand better the model behavior, which units should deform into others and which are alone. Also, we added limited support for DXF files which will help you to bring your mine infrastructure to Geomodelr both in cross sections and as 3D visualizations. As we promised, we are also releasing support for FEFLOW prismatic meshes, that not only follow geological features, but also follow rivers and boreholes. They get marked in your FEFLOW file to let you add boundary conditions, which you can refine for better numerical results.
Improvements to the editor
Constant thickness layers
This feature was created from suggestions of our customers. With measures you could calculate and draw layers of constant thickness, but it took a long time to do it. As we want Geologists to edit things as fast as possible, we have added this feature that is available in the fixed distances option and can be used as the following video illustrates:
Selecting borehole contacts directly
Previously you had to select points around the borehole in the cross sections, and sometimes they didn’t match perfectly the contact. Now, when you are hovering over a borehole, the node being created will be shown in the contact closest to the hovered point, so when you are using one of Geomodelr’s operations the point created will match exactly that contact. View the demonstration in the following video.
Improvements to the visualizations
Now you can increase or decrease the transparency of any surface in Geomodelr, including cross sections, the geological map, solid units, block diagrams and more. You can do that from the options menu by dragging the opacity bar that appears in the surfaces listed.
Use cylinders to better visualize boreholes
Other customers’ request has been to be able to visualize boreholes with more thickness. Unfortunately, most implementations of WebGL don’t support increasing the thickness of lines. In the best of cases, a maximum of 3 pixels is possible. Now you can convert your boreholes and other lines to cylinders which can have any thickness in meters. It has a starting thickness of 100 meters which you can adjust to any value you want.
Guide in the bottom left
Now you can view a small guide at the bottom left of every visualization that moves with the orientation of your model. It shows where the north is with a small N.
Change light inclination
Now, besides changing the azimuth of the light, you can also change the inclination of it, which will help you to visualize the features below your solids and other 3D surfaces.
Support for DXF files
Now Geomodelr has limited support for DXF files. Currently it supports meshes and lines. You can use a DXF file by uploading it to your Files’ Repository. You can visualize the file and intersect it with cross sections. When you do that, they will be added as layers to your cross section.
Adding other cross sections
In Geomodelr you don’t have to manually join horizons to get a resulting geological model. Instead, parallel cross sections are paired. Two polygons deform one into the other if they both have the same unit and they have a nonempty intersection. This new feature of Geomodelr makes it much easier to view it other cross sections polygons intersect with each other, and the difference between faults in two different cross sections.
Feflow Prismatic Meshes
Yes, now Geomodelr supports FEFLOW prismatic meshes. But we don’t have a video yet. We have something even better. We are planning a NEW WEBINAR! Wait for us because we are going to show you how to develop amazing hydrogeological conceptual models and then export them to FEFLOW with boreholes, rivers and of course geological units. If you need to use FEFLOW right now, just ask firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll show you how to do it immediately.