SedWorks: A 3-D visualisation software package to help students link surface processes with depositional product

SedWorks: A 3-D visualisation software package to help students link surface processes with depositional product

The motivation for this project is to help students develop a cognitive and intuitive feel for the different scales of processes through which the rock record is assembled. Since field-based studies and physical and numerical modeling form the nucleus for most geological research undertaken by earth scientists working both in academia and industry, field studies and modelling will logically lie at the heart of a successful enquiry-based sedimentology class.

GoogleEarth™ enhancement of geological mapping training and planning

GoogleEarth™ enhancement of geological mapping training and planning

The goal of the project was to develop a suite of tools to enable geology undergraduate students to use the 3-D virtual globe visualisation of GoogleEarth™ as an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and to enhance their understanding of geological structures in 3-D. These tools were used in association with 2nd year tutorials, alongside traditional approaches to geological mapping.

Podcasts and interactive problem solving

Podcasts and interactive problem solving

Numerical and graphical examples are used in lectures to model the solution of some typical problems in a Chemical Engineering unit dealing with particle-fluid systems called Solid-Fluid Systems (SFS). These techniques are inherently dynamic and in most occasions difficult to follow in lectures by students who are trying to grasp the concepts and at the same time learn a method where the application of these concepts are key to solving a problem.