3-D MAPPING IN THICK DRIFT AREAS, SOUTHERN ONTARIO, CANADA: RECENT ADVANCES IN MODELLING
Integrating variable quality data is an on-going challenge for 3-D modellers. Recent changes to the OGS system of interpolation allows user-defined strata picks to be attributed with a quality of high, medium or low based on confidence in the data source. During the estimation process, a minimum of 1 high, 2 medium or 3 medium or low quality picks are required within user-defined search radii to assign an elevation to a given surface. This method results in a surface that both preferentially honours high quality data and may be more continuous where the data distribution is sparse.
Methods for accurately modelling large and complex valley systems have also been developed. Scripted rules ensure that the stratigraphic integrity of the model is maintained where individual strata are absent whether due to non-deposition or erosion, but do not fully address problems resulting from large and rapid changes in elevation. Changes to the modelling software’s customizable interface allow user-selected groups of strata to be modelled. Using this function, the surface elevations of the ‘upland’ and ‘valley’ strata are modelled separately so that the interpolated elevations of the upland strata reflect their pre-eroded state. A 3-D clipping surface is used to cut the valleys out of the upland strata and trim the excess away from the valley strata. The two sets of strata are then merged into a single model.