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Geological storytelling

Endre M. Lidal, Mattia Natali, Daniel Patel, Helwig Hauser and Ivan Viola

ARTICLE, Computers & Graphics, 2013

Abstract

Developing structural geological models from exploratory subsea imaging is difficult and an ill-posed process. The structural geological processes that take place in the subsurface are both complex and time-dependent. We present Geological Storytelling, a novel graphical system for performing rapid and expressive geomodeling. Geologists can convey geological stories that externalize both their model and the reasoning process behind it through our simple, yet expressive sketch-based, flip-over canvases. This rapid modeling interface makes it easy to construct a large variety of geological stories, and our story tree concept facilitates easy management and the exploration of these alternatives. The stories are then animated and the geologists can examine and compare them to identify the most plausible models. Finally, the geological stories can be presented as illustrative animations of automatically synthesized 3D models, which efficiently communicate the complex geological evolution to non-experts and decision makers. Geological storytelling provides a complete pipeline from the ideas and knowledge in the mind of the geologist, through externalized artifacts specialized for discussion and knowledge dissemination among peer-experts, to automatically rendered illustrative 3D animations for communication to lay audience. We have developed geological storytelling in collaboration with domain experts that work with the modeling challenges on a daily basis. For evaluation, we have developed a geological storytelling prototype and presented it to experts and academics from the geosciences. In their feedback, they acknowledge that the rapid and expressive sketching of stories can make them explore more alternatives and that the 3D illustrative animations assist in communicating their models.

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BibTeX

@article{Lidal13Geological,
 author = {Endre M. Lidal and Mattia Natali and Daniel Patel and Helwig Hauser and
   Ivan Viola},
 title = {Geological storytelling},
 journal = {Computers \& Graphics},
 volume = {37},
 number = {5},
 pages = {445--459 },
 year = {2013},
 issn = {0097-8493},
 doi = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2013.01.010"},
 url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0097849313000125},
 abstract = { Developing structural geological models from exploratory subsea imaging 
  is difficult and an ill-posed process. The structural geological processes that 
  take place in the subsurface are both complex and time-dependent. We present 
  Geological Storytelling, a novel graphical system for performing rapid and 
  expressive geomodeling. Geologists can convey geological stories that externalize 
  both their model and the reasoning process behind it through our simple, yet 
  expressive sketch-based, flip-over canvases. This rapid modeling interface makes 
  it easy to construct a large variety of geological stories, and our story tree 
  concept facilitates easy management and the exploration of these alternatives. 
  The stories are then animated and the geologists can examine and compare them
  to identify the most plausible models. Finally, the geological stories can 
  be presented as illustrative animations of automatically synthesized 3D models,
  which efficiently communicate the complex geological evolution to non-experts
  and decision makers. Geological storytelling provides a complete pipeline from 
  the ideas and knowledge in the mind of the geologist, through externalized 
  artifacts specialized for discussion and knowledge dissemination among peer-experts,
  to automatically rendered illustrative 3D animations for communication to lay 
  audience. We have developed geological storytelling in collaboration with domain 
  experts that work with the modeling challenges on a daily basis. For evaluation, 
  we have developed a geological storytelling prototype and presented it to experts
  and academics from the geosciences. In their feedback, they acknowledge that the 
  rapid and expressive sketching of stories can make them explore more alternatives 
  and that the 3D illustrative animations assist in communicating their models.},
 keywords = {Sketch-based modeling; Externalization of mental processes; Storytelling;
  3D model synthesis; Animation; Alternatives exploration; Geology; Structural geological 
  models},

}






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