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GeoIllustrator is a joint inter-department research project between Department of Informatics and Department of GeoSciences at UiB, Christian Michelsen Research AS and the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil. This web page contains information related to the PhD research done at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen.

H Fossen, Geologi-Stein, mineraler, fossiler og olje

As the name suggests the GeoIllustrator project deals with illustrative geology. During the project we will develop new and better ways to digitally model and illustrate geological data and geological concepts. By using state of the art computer graphics and interaction hardware, GeoIllustrator will contribute novel ideas to the science field of visualization and computer graphics. Application for these new ideas within geology will be many, for instance for expert-to-expert communication, for expert-to-layman communication, for interactive educational tools and for day-to-day modelling and visualisation within the geology domain.

This is a 3 year PhD project and it started on January 1st 2010.

D Patel et al., Illustrative Rendering of Seismic Data


Research topics

Some of the topics this project will explore are:

  • Illustrative visualisation of geology models
  • Illustrative visualisation of ground-truth-data
  • Sketch-based modelling and visual hypothesis exploration

Visualization team

Helwig Hauser, professor
Ivan Viola, associate professor
Endre M. Lidal, PhD student

Research partners


This PhD project is founded by Statoil.


A list of publications resulting from the GeoIllustrator project can be found here.


Some useful links will appear here.

 Last modified: EL 2010-11-23