skip to main content
DOE Patents title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Process for structural geologic analysis of topography and point data

Abstract

A quantitative method of geologic structural analysis of digital terrain data is described for implementation on a computer. Assuming selected valley segments are controlled by the underlying geologic structure, topographic lows in the terrain data, defining valley bottoms, are detected, filtered and accumulated into a series line segments defining contiguous valleys. The line segments are then vectorized to produce vector segments, defining valley segments, which may be indicative of the underlying geologic structure. Coplanar analysis is performed on vector segment pairs to determine which vectors produce planes which represent underlying geologic structure. Point data such as fracture phenomena which can be related to fracture planes in 3-dimensional space can be analyzed to define common plane orientation and locations. The vectors, points, and planes are displayed in various formats for interpretation.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Richland, WA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
866389
Patent Number(s):
4698759
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01V - GEOPHYSICS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
process; structural; geologic; analysis; topography; data; quantitative; method; digital; terrain; described; implementation; computer; assuming; selected; valley; segments; controlled; underlying; structure; topographic; lows; defining; bottoms; detected; filtered; accumulated; series; line; contiguous; valleys; vectorized; produce; vector; indicative; coplanar; performed; segment; pairs; determine; vectors; planes; represent; fracture; phenomena; related; 3-dimensional; space; analyzed; define; common; plane; orientation; locations; displayed; various; formats; interpretation; common plane; quantitative method; /702/324/434/

Citation Formats

Eliason, Jay R, and Eliason, Valerie L. C. Process for structural geologic analysis of topography and point data. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Eliason, Jay R, & Eliason, Valerie L. C. Process for structural geologic analysis of topography and point data. United States.
Eliason, Jay R, and Eliason, Valerie L. C. Thu . "Process for structural geologic analysis of topography and point data". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/866389.
@article{osti_866389,
title = {Process for structural geologic analysis of topography and point data},
author = {Eliason, Jay R and Eliason, Valerie L. C.},
abstractNote = {A quantitative method of geologic structural analysis of digital terrain data is described for implementation on a computer. Assuming selected valley segments are controlled by the underlying geologic structure, topographic lows in the terrain data, defining valley bottoms, are detected, filtered and accumulated into a series line segments defining contiguous valleys. The line segments are then vectorized to produce vector segments, defining valley segments, which may be indicative of the underlying geologic structure. Coplanar analysis is performed on vector segment pairs to determine which vectors produce planes which represent underlying geologic structure. Point data such as fracture phenomena which can be related to fracture planes in 3-dimensional space can be analyzed to define common plane orientation and locations. The vectors, points, and planes are displayed in various formats for interpretation.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1987},
month = {1}
}

Patent:

Save / Share: