Articles | Volume 372
Proc. IAHS, 372, 227–229, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-227-2015
Proc. IAHS, 372, 227–229, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-227-2015

  12 Nov 2015

12 Nov 2015

Visualization of three dimensional earth fissures in geological structure

L. Zhu1,2, J. Yu3, Y. Liu1,2, H. Gong1,2, Y. Chen4, and B. Chen1,2 L. Zhu et al.
  • 1College of Resources Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
  • 2Laboratory Cultivation Base of environment process and digital simulation, Beijing, China
  • 3Key Laboratory of Earth Fissures Geological Disaster, Ministry of Land and Resources, Jiangsu, China
  • 4Land and Water Laboratory, Canberra, Australia

Abstract. This paper proposes a new method for visualizing the earth fissures of geological structure in three dimensional (3-D) domains on the basis of the seismic data and features information of earth fissures. The seismic data were interpreted for obtaining the stratagraphic data with various lithological information and the depth of the earth fissures. The spatial distribution of the ground fissures including the dip, strike and width were digitalized on an ArcGIS platform. Firstly, the 3-D geological structure was rebuilt using the Generalized Tri-Prism (GTP) method which is a real solid method for displaying geological structures. The GTP method can reflect the inner material of the strata and can simulate complicated geological structures such as faults and stratagraphic pinch outs. The upper and lower surfaces of each stratum consist of Triangle Irregular Networks (TIN). The inner solid between the two surfaces are a series of triangular prisms. Secondly, since the width of the ground fissure gradually decreases with depth, multiple edge lines of the earth fissures on the bottom stratum surface are deduced on the basis of the fissure characteristics. Then, the model of the earth fissures consisting of a series of triangular pyramids can be constructed using these points and the edge lines. A cutting operation was carried out on the 3-D geological structure using this ground fissures model. If the surfaces of the ground fissures model intersects with the GTPs in the geological structure model, new GTPs were generated within the local regions. During this process, the topological relations between TIN, triangular prism and lines were reconstructed so that the visualization of ground fissures in the geological structure model is realized. This method can facilitate the mechanism for studying fissures and avoid the gaps between the fissure solid and the geological structure to accurately reflect their 3-D characteristics.

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The earth fissures of geological structure are visualized in three dimensional domains through a volumetric modeling method. The topological relations between TIN, triangular prism and lines are constructed for further spatial calculation. This method can facilitate the mechanism for studying fissures.