OR/18/046 Using the GV Models

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Whitbread, K, and Ritchie, C. 2018. Regional Geological Visualisation Models. Nottingham, UK, British geological Survey. (OR/18/046).

The approved GV Models are available for general use via an Open Government Licence. The models can be downloaded directly from the BGS website via the following link: www.bgs.ac.uk/research/ukgeology/nationalGeologicalModel/GVModels.htm.

The GV Models are designed for use on desktop/laptop computers running Microsoft Windows/Apple operating systems and performance has been optimised for an adequate hardware level and graphics capability. The models are not designed for use on smart phones and tablets.

Model usage will require/be enhanced by adjusting the following settings within the 3D pdf document:

  • Adobe Acrobat preference settings for JavaScript and 3D content should be enabled;
  • When run on an adequate PC or laptop the ‘Auto-Degrade’, found in the pdf preferences settings for 3D & Multimedia, can be set to ‘None’ to give smoother display in view rotations;
  • When viewing the document or interacting with the 3D geological model no other Acrobat tools are needed allowing the document to be viewed in full screen mode to utilise the full screen area.

Instructions for the use of the interactive controls to explore the geological model are provided on the final page of the GV Model document. This page can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Instructions’ link found on each page of the model.