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Enhancing and Sharing Drone 3D Models with Geological Interpretation Using Move, Blender and Sketchfab SoftwareNormal access

Author: R. Rocca
Event name: First EAGE Workshop on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Session: Digital Outcrop Modelling and Analysis II
Publication date: 03 December 2019
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201903331
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 2.44Mb )
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Using affordable drones and photogrammetric software it is possible to generate spectacular 3D models of geological outcrops nowadays. Unfortunately, when it comes to sharing the model with other coworkers, the most obvious solution is to take a screen capture of the model and share it as a 2D image. This simple solution does not allow to share the unique value of a 3D model, that is to be able to see it in three dimensions and from different points of view. The present work describes a workflow that allows to complement the 3D model of a geological outcrop with other graphic elements, like geological surfaces and a graphic scale. The model is made available on the internet to a larger audience, with the possibility to manipulate it (rotate, zoom) and interact with it by hiding/showing certain graphic elements. The workflow achieves this result by combining the use of three software: Move (specific for geological modeling), Blender and Sketchfab (specific for 3D graphics editing and online sharing).

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