The digital resources found in this table have been partially compiled by the “Circum- Arctic for Everyone” Project awarded to UNIS and partners by the University of Arctic. Read more about the project here: www.svalbox.no.
Software name Licensing Comments Developed by URL Reference
Virtual outcrop processing MetaShape (previously PhotoScan) ca. 4000 NOK/academic license User-friendly photogrammetry processing package Agisoft http://www.agisoft.com/ MicMac Open source Open source photogrammetric software http://micmac.ensg.eu/index.php/Accueil Pix4D Photogrammetry software https://pix4d.com/ Virtual outcrop interpretation, visualisation and analysis Lime Low cost academic fee Virtual outcrop interpretation, new functionality on data integration/co-rendering VOG Group, NORCE http://virtualoutcrop.com/lime Buckley et al. (2019)
VRGS Low cost academic fee Virtual outcrop interpretation package University of Manchester www.vrgeoscience.com Rarity et al. (2014)
Move Free academic Structural geology and geomapping tool, seamless integration with FieldMove and Petrel, visualizes .obj files Midland Valley https://www.mve.com/software PlaneDetect Academic license agreement Automatic detection of fracture planes on meshed surfaces Norwegian Geotechnical Institute CloudCompare Open source Open source point cloud visualisation and analysis package http://www.danielgm.net/cc/ MeshLab Open source Conversion of various file formats http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/ Safari Database Mostly for subscribers only Global catalogue of virtual outcrop models as reservoir analogues. Public part open. https://safaridb.com/ Erock Open access Catalogue of global virtual outcrop models, sorted by University of Aberdeen www.e-rock.org.uk SketchFab Online display of 3D models https://sketchfab.com/models/d82a3d98a2544f0487cb5c2df228dcce 3D data integration packages SvalSim Free academic Heavily used in Svalex expeditions, run for multi-disciplinary student teams in Svalbard until 2013 Statoil Saether et al. (2004)
Google Earth Free Easy to use, poor "base map" coverage in many Arctic areas https://www.google.com/earth/ Google Earth on web Free academic Browser version of Google Earth https://earth.google.com/web/@0,0,-24018.82718741a,36750128.22569847d,35y,0h,0t,0r/data=CgAoAQ Google Earth Engine By sign up Includes a wealth of geospatial data for Earth science https://earthengine.google.com/ https://explorer.earthengine.google.com/#workspace Spatial and geographic systems ArcGIS (Pro) License fee applies Powerful GIS software ESRI Drone2Map License fee applies ArcGIS plug-in for detailed virtual outcrop acquisition using drones ESRI http://www.esri.com/products/drone2map qGIS Open source Powerful GIS software Virtual reality and other immersive systems MOSIS By agreement Immersive virtual outcrop visualization and interpretation Unisinos, Brasil vizlab.unisinos.br Tools and plug-ins Blueback Toolbox Free academic Petrel plug-in for various tasks, including map and profile digitization Cegal 3D Publisher License fee applies Petrel plug-in for generating 3D pdfs from Petrel 3D window (e.g., seismic, wells, surfaces, faults etc.) Mirage PointCloudViz License fee applies Petrel plug-in for visualising textured point clouds in Petrel Mirage VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate ca. 50eur per license Generate VR videos from normal videos VideoSolo https://www.videosolo.com