Earth and Environment Visualization and Analysis

The Power of a Picture

Compelling visualizations are generally the culmination of an organized effort to properly manage and organize the underlying data. The power of a resulting picture is in its ability to pull together a myriad of disparate data points into one cohesive story.

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Because of the complex technical nature of many environmental, energy and litigation-related projects, it becomes difficult to visualize physical site dynamics. Through the use of specialized software and working experience, ddms is able to quickly generate powerful 2 and 3D graphics to address specific practical questions or to visualize an environmental condition to better communicate the scenario to a targeted audience.

Among other software, ddms specializes in the following packages to create compelling visualizations:

  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator®
  • C Tech Development Corporation, Mining Visualization System (MVS)©
  • Esri ArcGIS© Platform
  • Esri ArcScene© (formerly 3D Analyst)
  • EnviroInsite
  • RockWare RockWorks©

Visualization and Spatial Analysis

Sophisticated software also enables ddms to perform analysis of complex physical conditions based on the data collected from field observations, measurements and laboratory analyses. Coupled with an environmental data management system to streamline the data throughput process, these analyses and resulting visualizations can be done today in a fraction of the time it took historically while creating superior graphics.

ddms specializes in the following examples of spatial analyses and calculations that lend themselves to visualization:

  • Groundwater elevation and flow direction map from data collected from monitoring wells screened in the same aquifer;
  • Three-dimensional representations to visualize complex lithology below a Superfund site;
  • Calculations to estimate change in bathymetry of a river to visualize sediment transport;
  • Three-dimensional calculation and rendering of a chemical plume to estimate chemical mass;
  • Generation and comparison of contaminant plumes in groundwater to show relative advancement as a function of solubility;
  • Depicting the airspace above a major airport to communicate the results of an obstruction analysis; and
  • Calculating the amount of soil volume removal needed to satisfy the requirements of an environmental excavation

Contact ddms to learn more about translating data into a powerful, compelling and accurate visualization to help you achieve your project goals.