Automated Geologic Cross-Section Generation for Ohio using GemPy

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Name: Abigail Rice
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Mathematics, Geology
Advisors: Daniel Palmer, Drew Guarnera

Geologic cross-sections show us a history of the Earth and are an important tool in understanding historic geology. We develop a fully automated, open-source workflow that utilizes large datasets to construct sections of the state of Ohio with no input from the user other than the ends of the section. The implementation uses GemPy, an open-source python geomodeling library, to build models from real, freely available geologic and topographic data. Cross-sections are extracted from these 3D models and plotted using the python plotting library matplotlib. Resulting sections show the overall structure of the geology and the general time period it originates from. This implementation can rapidly produce low-cost sections (compared with manually intensive or proprietary systems), and it provides a foundation for future augmentations such as the inclusion of well and borehole data and improved accuracy for the pre-Ordovician and post-Permian time periods.

Posted in Comments Enabled, Independent Study, Symposium 2023 on April 11, 2023.

3 responses to “Automated Geologic Cross-Section Generation for Ohio using GemPy”

  1. Meagen Pollock says:

    What a cool combination of computing and geology! Nicely done!

  2. Shelley Judge says:

    Awesome job, Abby. You know that I’ve been completely interested in your I.S. all year, and so I was so excited to see the final poster in the I.S. Symposium. You should be so proud of yourself.

  3. Prof Cowing says:

    Congratulations, Abby!

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