An integrated multidisciplinary re-evaluation of the geothermal system at Valles Caldera, New Mexico, using an immersive three-dimensional (3D) visualization environment

Andrew Fowler, Scott Bennett, Maya Wildgoose, Carolyn Cantwell

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Abstract

We describe an approach to explore the spatial relationships of a geothermal resource by examining diverse geological, geophysical, and geochemical data sets using the immersive 3-dimensional (3D) visualization capabilities of the University of California - Davis (UCD) Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES). The KeckCAVES is a state-of-the-art facility where stereoscopic images are projected onto four, 8-foot by 10-foot surfaces (three walls and a floor). The user perceives a seamless 3D image of the data, which they can manipulate and interact with, allowing a more intuitive interpretation of data set relationships than is possible with traditional 2-dimensional (2D) techniques. Here we incorporate diverse geothermal data sets relating to the geothermal system at Valles Caldera, New Mexico including: topography, lithology, geologic structures, temperature, alteration mineralogy, and magnetotelluric information. With the ability to rapidly and intuitively observe data inter-relationships, we are able to efficiently and rapidly draw conclusions about the structure of the Valles Caldera geothermal system. The application of immersive 3D modeling to geothermal systems can provide industry with a method to make more informed assessments and cost-effective approaches for developing a key low carbon emission resource.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting 2012, GRC 2012 - Geothermal
Subtitle of host publicationReliable, Renewable, Global
Pages1345-1354
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventGeothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting 2012 - Geothermal: Reliable, Renewable, Global, GRC 2012 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Sep 30 2012Oct 3 2012

Publication series

NameTransactions - Geothermal Resources Council
Volume36 2
ISSN (Print)0193-5933

Other

OtherGeothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting 2012 - Geothermal: Reliable, Renewable, Global, GRC 2012
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period9/30/1210/3/12

Keywords

  • Geothermal
  • Immersive 3D visualization
  • KeckCAVES
  • New Mexico
  • Rio Grande rift
  • Valles Caldera

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