Elements for measuring the complexity of 3D structural models: Connectivity and geometry

in: Computers & Geosciences, 76:0 (130 - 140)

Abstract

Abstract The reliable modeling of three-dimensional complex geological structures can have a major impact on forecasting and managing natural resources and on predicting seismic and geomechanical hazards. However, the qualification of a model as structurally complex is often qualitative and subjective making the comparison of the capabilities and performances of various geomodeling methods or software difficult. In this paper, we consider the notion of structural complexity from a geometrical point of view and argue that it can be characterized using general metrics computed on three-dimensional sealed structural models. We propose global and local measures of the connectivity and of the geometry of the model components and show how they permit to classify nine 3D synthetic structural models. Depending on the complexity elements favored, the classification varies. The models we introduce could be used as benchmark models for geomodeling algorithms.

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@ARTICLE{PellerinComplexity,
    author = { Pellerin, Jeanne and Caumon, Guillaume and Julio, Charline and Mejia-Herrera, Pablo and Botella, Arnaud },
     title = { Elements for measuring the complexity of 3D structural models: Connectivity and geometry },
   journal = { Computers & Geosciences },
    volume = { 76 },
    number = { 0 },
      year = { 2015 },
     pages = { 130 - 140 },
      issn = { 0098-3004 },
       doi = { 10.1016/j.cageo.2015.01.002 },
  abstract = { Abstract The reliable modeling of three-dimensional complex geological structures can have a major impact on forecasting and managing natural resources and on predicting seismic and geomechanical hazards. However, the qualification of a model as structurally complex is often qualitative and subjective making the comparison of the capabilities and performances of various geomodeling methods or software difficult. In this paper, we consider the notion of structural complexity from a geometrical point of view and argue that it can be characterized using general metrics computed on three-dimensional sealed structural models. We propose global and local measures of the connectivity and of the geometry of the model components and show how they permit to classify nine 3D synthetic structural models. Depending on the complexity elements favored, the classification varies. The models we introduce could be used as benchmark models for geomodeling algorithms. }
}