The three-dimensional relationships inherent to geosciences can only be satisfactorily viewed at all scales in the field. Field training remains at the heart of geology and is now augmented by virtual outcrops that can be viewed, analysed and compared on a desktop.
Many aspects of geosciences are most effectively taught in a field-based setting. Through the Nautilus Training Alliance programme and tailored training courses delivered in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and SE Asia over 20 years we have built up a substantial record of delivering safe and effective geology field courses. Field classes are led by expert instructors in the local area and supported by dedicated staff who cover logistics and HSE.
3D desktop visualisations
The opportunities for creating 3D images of geological features have been utilised in recent years to provide an additional perspective for both classroom and field-based teaching, 3D outcrop images now form a component of many of our scheduled field programme, allowing field locations to be virtually revisited, reviewed and observed at different perspective and scales. A database of imagery has been built up for use in a wide variety of training events.
The Outcrop Reference Database is available to clients on a subscription basis, providing access to 3D images, video and high-resolution photos of features from a range of different clastic and carbonate depositional environments plus key structural geology images, as well as key structural regimes. Every example is accompanied by contextual information, with a technical description, key features and references plus geographic and stratigraphic data.
The raw images can also be obtained through Outcrop Data Licensing arrangements which allow companies to manipulate the imagery and import into other software visualisation packages.