Geological storytelling

Endre M. Lidal, Mattia Natali, Daniel Patel, Helwig Hauser, Ivan Viola
Geological storytelling
Computer & Graphics, 37(5):445-459, August 2013.

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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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@article{Viola_Ivan_2013_GS,
  title =      "Geological storytelling",
  author =     "Endre M. Lidal and Mattia Natali and Daniel Patel and Helwig
               Hauser and Ivan Viola",
  year =       "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.",
  month =      aug,
  issn =       "0097-8493",
  journal =    "Computer & Graphics",
  number =     "5",
  volume =     "37",
  pages =      "445--459",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2013/Viola_Ivan_2013_GS/",
}