3D Data Visualization

Mixed reality applications that enable understanding for everyone

Earth science is 3D in nature, it can be hidden below the surface and can range in size from sand grains to mountain ranges. Humans study and solve issues in a 3D world but have been forced to communicate these 3D concepts using 2D images and drawings. This makes it difficult to communicate the scale and scope of challenging projects, as well as the complex geological conditions that must be addressed to achieve project success. This is especially important when seeking critical input from stakeholders such as communities, rights holders, and long-term stewards.  

BGC’s response to this challenge was to develop the Ada Platform in 2017, a functional software platform for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality HoloLens head-mounted displays. These displays enable project team members and stakeholders to collaboratively discuss complex applied science challenges as 3D holographic models. Mixed reality blends both physical and digital worlds to provide an immersive experience that is more accessible and interactive for users, allowing data to move from monitors to (3D) models.

The Ada Platform was acquired in June 2020 by Clirio, a software company that provides studio services and leverages the Clirio Platform. The application suite spans mobile devices, PCs, and Mixed Reality head‑mounted displays that enable project teams to create and manage 3D scans of the real world along with designs and distribute them for collaborative discussions.

Since 2020 BGC, in partnership with Clirio, has been using the Clirio Platform to communicate applied-earth-science challenges using 3D immersive experiences for different industries and sectors, including surface and subsurface visualizations, training applications, and more.

Holographic projections are a natural way for users to interact with 3D data and observe those changes over time. The Clirio Platform can show survey data, CAD designs, numerical simulations, and other project data at high resolution and industry-leading clarity.

A virtual tour of the site allows stakeholders to improve their understanding of distant locations and future outcomes. Data and numerical simulations can be intermixed with 3D models of the site for clearer understanding and better-informed feedback.

Inaccessible, unsafe, or invisible features are made real through 3D holographic visualization. This visualization gives stakeholders a better understanding of underground geology and how it influences landscape, groundwater, engineered structures, and other features and conditions.

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Key Contacts

Joan Roca

Joan Roca

Senior Geotechnical/Geological Engineer

Ivy Li

Ivy Li

3D Visualization Lead, Senior GIS Analyst

Matthew Lato

Matthew Lato

Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Quality & Innovation Lead