The next release of GeoVisionary, due out later this year, will have voxel and 4-D visualisation capability. This will make it absolutely invaluable to the mining industry.
Voxels are, for the uninitiated, pixels with volume attached to them. They therefore represent the best way of denoting areas of, for example, differing concentration, density, porosity, pressure and temperature. Examples include oil and gas reservoirs, pollution plumes and groundwater movement. When voxels are deployed in process models, it is very easy to monitor change, enabling the development of accurate 3D, dynamic models.
Another critical advance for GeoVisionary’s users is a seamless link to GSI3D (Geological Surveying and Investigation in three dimensions). The model is built by enabling the user to construct traditional cross-sections by correlating boreholes and outcrop data to produce a network of interlocking sections, or geological fence diagram, which is then processed to produce 3D volume models.