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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 723832, 11 pages
Review Article

Summary on Several Key Techniques in 3D Geological Modeling

Institute of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Freiburg, Albertstr. 23B, 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Received 23 August 2013; Accepted 23 December 2013; Published 16 February 2014

Academic Editors: G. Bordogna and H. Xu

Copyright © 2014 Gang Mei. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Several key techniques in 3D geological modeling including planar mesh generation, spatial interpolation, and surface intersection are summarized in this paper. Note that these techniques are generic and widely used in various applications but play a key role in 3D geological modeling. There are two essential procedures in 3D geological modeling: the first is the simulation of geological interfaces using geometric surfaces and the second is the building of geological objects by means of various geometric computations such as the intersection of surfaces. Discrete geometric surfaces that represent geological interfaces can be generated by creating planar meshes first and then spatially interpolating; those surfaces intersect and then form volumes that represent three-dimensional geological objects such as rock bodies. In this paper, the most commonly used algorithms of the key techniques in 3D geological modeling are summarized.