Friday, July 5, 2019

Education: Interview With Winner of Geothermal Design Challenge

Modern Geovisualisation: Interview With Bane Sullivan (Seequent)

One of the research groups we (Seequent) support is the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) project at the University of Utah. This project aims to provide research on enhanced geothermal systems (learn more here). This year, FORGE held a student Geothermal Design Challenge, asking students to “research data, interpret information and create a data visualization portfolio that will tell a compelling story about geothermal energy.”

One of the winners was Bane Sullivan – a geovisualisation developer, geophysics researcher and Master’s student at the Colorado School of Mines. Bane's team won for their project titled ‘Open Source Solutions for 3D Communication’. Their project used available open source software, including SimPEG (developed in part by Seequent’s Director of Cloud Architecture, Rowan Cockett) and the Open Mining Format (which we are also supporting).

Why did you decide to participate in the forge geothermal design challenge?
It was a good opportunity for me to showcase our work. Even if we didn't win, it was an opportunity for me to take data from one project and generate a few 3D visualisations using PyVista. And then be able to share, demo those, and say, "this is what the software can do."

A suite of open-source Python packages, enabling available data sets to be incrementally integrated into a 3-D scene, was used in this submission. Tools used include The Open Mining Format, ParaView, SGeMS, and SimPEG, along with additional tools made by the team itself. 3-D visualisations such as this submission could enable researchers and scientists to rapidly explore data, communicate findings, and facilitate the reproducibility of results. View the portfolio here.

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