PHOTOREALISTIC MODELING OF OUTCROPS AND APPLICATIONS FOR DIGITIZING GEOLOGY
UTD’s cybermapping lab has been involved in digital integration projects. Some of these projects have been funded by the Natural Science Foundation (NSF) and petroleum companies such as STAT Oil. Additionally, UTD’s involvement in the Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP) generated a high resolution, high accuracy, digital photorealistic 3D model of a Palaeozoic Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP). This project offered an opportunity to resolve stratigraphic ambiguities of locations based around Paleozoic research. UTD’s cybermapping lab continues to advance its equipment and software to allow faster data processing and digitization. Much of this also incorporates different software viewing platforms where users can interact with the photorealistic model off and on-site. One method enables users to annotate and digitize geologic features on a photorealistic model using an iPad and a PC. UTD hopes to enable users to effortlessly interact and extract valuable information from photorealistic models.