The case for computer-based spatial models in geology : a progress report on Project 22A

Loudon, T.V.. 1982 The case for computer-based spatial models in geology : a progress report on Project 22A. British Geological Survey, 12pp. (Hydrocarbons Unit Technical Report) (Unpublished)

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Spatial modelling is a new name for an old concept. It refers to what has long been a core activity of a geological survey, namely, piecing together a picture of the geometrical configuration and disposition of sequences of strata or other rocks, their constituent materials, characteristics, and properties, and relating that picture to ideas of their history and origin. The novelty lies in basing the model on computer methods rather than the conventional reports, maps and cross-sections. This is not to suggest that the interpretation and ideas can come from anywhere other than the geologist. But it is suggested that a computer model could give a better medium for the geologist to express his ideas; build up his interpretations; organise, analyse, summarize and share his observational data; explore the consequences of his hypotheses; reconcile information from diverse sources with his expectations and background knowledge; display the results of his work and transmit them to the users.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Information Systems Development
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey
Additional Keywords: spatial model, geological surveying, history of computing
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Computer Science
Date made live: 04 Oct 2012 12:26 +0 (UTC)

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