An index to represent lateral variation of the confidence of experts in a 3-D geological model

Lark, R.M.; Mathers, S.J.; Marchant, A.; Hulbert, A.. 2014 An index to represent lateral variation of the confidence of experts in a 3-D geological model. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 125 (3). 267-278.

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A Confidence Index is proposed that expresses the confidence of experts in the quality of a 3-D model as a representation of the subsurface at particular locations. The Confidence Index is based on the notion that the variation of the height of a particular geological surface represents general geological variability and local variability. The general variability comprises simple trends which allow the modeller to project surface structure at locations remote from direct observations. The local variability limits the extent to which borehole observations constrain inferences which the modeller can make concerning local fluctuations around the broad trends. The general and local geological variability of particular contacts are modelled in terms of simple trend surfaces and variogram models. These are then used to extend measures of confidence that reflect expert opinion so as to assign a confidence value to any location where a particular contact is represented in a model. The index is illustrated with an example from the East Midlands region of the United Kingdom.

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Date made live: 15 Aug 2014 13:14 +0 (UTC)

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