Digital spatial models and geological maps

Loudon, T.V.. 1986 Digital spatial models and geological maps. In: Blakemore, M., (ed.) Proceedings Auto Carto London, Volume 2: Digital mapping and spatial information systems. London, UK, Auto Carto London Ltd, 60-65, 6pp.

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An increasingly diverse user requirement, and the growing importance of subsurface geology, create a need for greater flexibility in the presentation of geological map information. Computer methods are used in map production, and in databases to assemble raw information. To gain the full benefits of computer technology, however, it may be necessary to represent in digital form the geologist’s spatial model – his ideas of the distribution, structure, composition, origin and evolution of a set of rock units. Some requirements of a digital spatial modelling system overlap with functions of Geographic Information Systems, Computer Aided Design systems and interactive graphics. Other requirements, such as palinspastic reconstruction and prediction of geophysical responses, are specifically geological. A spatial modelling project within the British Geological Survey has concentrated so far on self-contained prototype programs. In looking forward to production systems with their need to link to other subject areas, it may be desirable to limit new software to specifically geological aspects.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Other
ISBN: 0854063129
Additional Keywords: digital cartography, spatial models
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Computer Science
Date made live: 11 Dec 2012 14:53 +0 (UTC)

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