Lidar virtual models for seismic exploration

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Ilya A. Rylskiу

M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography, World Data Center for Geography,
Moscow, 119991, Russia;


Seismic exploration is important for development of new fields and the resumption of production at old areas of oil production. These works involve studying of underground geological structures using seismic profiling and seismotomography methods. In fact, detailed information about the territory is necessary for almost every participant in the process—to find the optimal routes for movement on terrain, to optimize the volume of forest felling on profiles, for georeferencing and checking coordinate measurements at points, etc. The availability of spatial data is also important for increasing the level of safety and trouble-free operation during work.

One of possible solutions is to perform field surveys using aerial photography and airborne laser scanning, followed creation of virtual models based on them with instrumentation adapted to the specifics of these works.

Modern GIS, with all their development, has number of disadvantages. It is difficult to use GIS by non-specialists; full-featured GIS are expensive, and free solutions has limited analysis functionality and can’t make good 3D visualizations, it is difficult to protect spatial information from unauthorized copying. These problems can be solved without using classic GIS packages. Instead, it is proposed to use virtual environments closed from editing and access to the original data.

Test area of 69 km2 in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug was selected for testing virtual modeling technologies. LIDAR and aerial photography datasets were obtained, and subsequent processing of the resulting was done, forming highly-detailed virtual environment. The article discusses the main features and functionality of this model.


airborne imagery, virtual model, remote sensing, GIS, LIDAR.


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For citation: Rylskiу I.A. Lidar virtual models for seismic exploration InterCarto. InterGIS. GI support of sustainable development of territories: Proceedings of the International conference. Moscow: MSU, Faculty of Geography, 2021. V. 27. Part 1. P. 304–316. DOI: 10.35595/2414-9179-2021-1-27-304-316 (In Russian)