When it comes to computer software, very few programs can boast the same results as 3D modelling can boast. The reason for this lies in the amount of things the software can do and produce regardless of the areas it is used in. In the world of geological study, this software is making a long lasting mark on scientists and is responsible for bringing landscapes to life.
Along with model software, mapping programs are used quite often in the world of geology and are used to create topographical maps of areas for study. The maps are more detailed than maps of old and are allowing scientists to make detailed calculations of land masses. By using this software, the end results are some of most incredible maps ever created before.
With the invention of surface mapping software, scientists are now able to create representations of areas that were previously inaccessible. They are also able to create three dimensional views of underwater landscapes that were previously unavailable. These programs helping geologists view the earth in ways that were never before imagined.
Geological software packages are being used more and more by companies that perform onshore and offshore drilling. Software such as this is helping the companies run virtual scenarios designed to ensure their reservoir placements will not hurt the environment. They also use the software to test rocks and minerals from all over the world and find out what they are made of.
Gravitational and magnetic field data is the primary data collected by geophysical software and the end numbers are translated into a point system. The points are then analyzed by scientists and interpreted into data that is sent out for further observation. The data output uses a few different streams including flight line forms and gridded data forms to help decipher the information.
Underground scans such as those done on existing mine shafts are the areas where geology software makes its mark. This software is often used to create maps of landscapes from around the world and also from other planets. The information gathered using the programs is then turned into learning tools for students who are studying the fascinating world of geology.
The testing of minerals and rocks for chemical compositions is where the Geo-chemical software has its time to shine. This software is used to test soils, water and other minerals from all over the world and also from outer space and other planets to see how it relates to minerals found on earth. With all of the functionality the software provides, scientists are able to perform in depth tests that were not available in years past.
With the invention of 3D modelling software, the scientific has never been the same and never will be the same again. All areas of the scientific world are taking part by incorporating the software into their daily studies and experiments they are conducting. The software continues to prove it is here to stay and also is making life much easier on the people who use it, other areas where it is thriving is in the animation and architectural worlds.
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* This is a clip from “National Parks Exploration Series: Grand Canyon.” In spite of the title the film covers the entire Colorado Plateau. In this clip you’ll see Geologist Wayne Ranney and Ranger Poe explaining the in-depth geology of Bryce and Zion National Parks. The “in-depth” is what makes this film unusually interpretive.
In most of these travelogue type films, writers and directors take the “Birds fly in the sky.” approach – which is to say that the narration is NO more in-depth than an audio description (head-set audio designed so that vision impaired people can hear about what sighted people are watching). This genre also features wall-to-wall music to fill in the huge dead zones such simple narration creates. This results in products that may (if visuals and music are inspirational enough) create opportunities for emotional connections but seldom offer any intellectual stimulation for anybody older than 4 years of age. Everybody knows that “Birds fly in the sky” and showing a picture of flying birds offer little to that understanding. Without the intellectual component it is NOT interpretation. Indeed without the intellectual component it is not even information and may only serve as orientation. Unfortunately many interpretive centers have spent $ millions to contract such “orientation films” and they are widely popular.
A) Few want to learn anything but all like to see pretty pictures set to music?
B) International appeal of America’s natural/historical treasures means multilingual captioning/dubbing and detailed science or history can only be easily understood by English speakers?
C) Filmmakers get Bachelor’s of Arts while interpreters get Bachelor’s.of Science?
D) [your better answer goes here]
2. When you invite visitors to attend your live presentation (only being offered now) how often do they choose to watch the 22-minute film offered every half-hour instead? What reasoning if any do they offer?
3. Which interpretive service generates more positive visitor comments (written, verbal, survey rating, etc.) your interpreters live interpretation or your film?
4. What can live interpretation do/offer to rival the appeal of “Birds fly in the sky” films.
Interpreting the Geology of Bryce & Zion