Effective and Efficient Workflows

Donald A. Keefer, Jason F. Thomason

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This chapter looks at organizations or research groups who are in the process of setting up a 3-D modeling project or are reviewing the effectiveness of an existing 3-D modeling program. A generic geologic modeling workflow clarifies the major computational steps that occur and major iterations that can take place within a single modeling project. Six operational considerations can be used to help ensure success of geologic modeling projects. They include: identifying and prioritizing user requirements; defining mapping objectives; and evaluating the likely geologic complexity within the model domain. They also include: determining availability of, and management options for, existing data; estimating how much new data will be collected; and evaluating availability and expertise of personnel. Most modeling software has evolved to accommodate multiple modeling methods and a wide range of geologic scenarios. The chapter summarizes the experiences of four organizations-one university and three geological survey organizations-that provide examples of workflow solutions to issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApplied Multidimensional Geological Modeling
Subtitle of host publicationInforming Sustainable Human Interactions with the Shallow Subsurface
EditorsAlan Keith Turner, Holger Kessler, Michiel J van der Meulen
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781119163091
ISBN (Print)9781119163121
StatePublished - Jun 18 2021


  • 3-D modeling project
  • Geologic mapping
  • Geologic modeling workflow
  • Geological survey organizations
  • Modeling software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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