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TitleThe use of virtual reality technology in the examination of three-dimensional submarine landslide data
AuthorBird, A; Mariampillai, D; Lintern, GORCID logo; Onsel, E; MacLeod, RORCID logo; Cassidy, JORCID logo; Bobrowsky, PORCID logo; Stead, D; Williams-Jones, G
Source8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, program; 2018, 1 sheet
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20180408
Meeting8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences.; Victoria, BC; CA; May 7-9, 2018
DocumentWeb site
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia
AreaDouglas Channel; Kitimat
Lat/Long WENS-128.7333 -128.6333 54.0000 53.9167
Subjectsmarine geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; geophysics; Nature and Environment; Science and Technology; Health and Safety; submarine features; landslides; geophysical interpretations; acoustic surveys, marine; side-scan sonar; bathymetry
Illustrations3-D images; models; photographs
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience Public Safety Geoscience - Coordination
Released2018 05 01
AbstractReviewing and analyzing geophysical data on a conventional computer monitor has limitations as those data are invariably composed of three-dimensional (3D) elements. Virtual Reality (VR) Technology, broadly used in the gaming industry, is an ideal tool for this application as it provides an immersive, enhanced and interactive experience for the user. Here we illustrate the progressive achievements in examining submarine landslide data from Douglas Channel, British Columbia using VR. A multi-year study has resulted in the collection of a suite of LiDAR, side-scan and multibeam sonar data along the channel. We compare the experiential nature of examining the results using both traditional flat-screen computer monitors and the 'mixed-reality' visualization gained from VR. This technology allows geoscientists to explore structural information amongst the datasets, and to readily convey geological features, survey results, hazards, and potential impacts to decision-makers, industrial and academic partners, and the general public, including those who are unfamiliar with visualizing geological data.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The authors wish to demonstrate the improved capacity to examine three-dimensional geophysical data through the use of virtual reality technologies compared to the use of traditional flat-screen monitors.

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