DigitalRocks is a project developed by researchers of the University of Alicante (Spain) and of the ESPOL (Ecuador). The repository aims to create and share digital 3D contents rock specimens and rock slopes to allow the users to train the rock recognition. Besides these 3D models, it provides a description to aid the visual recognition of the rock specimens. We address this information to professionals and students of engineering, architecture or earth sciences and everyone interested in their study.
The objectives of DigitalRocks are:
Collect 3d digital information from rocks from different lithologies,
Sharing this knowledge with students and professionals interested in the study and visualization of rocks from around the world,
Share knowledge of how 3d digital models have been generated.
In this website you will find:
Information on rocks around the world, which are classified according to their lithology,
A geological description of the rock specimens based on their texture,
Digital 3D models of the rocks that correspond to the corresponding description,
References of the rocks,
The active members of this project are:
Dr Adrián Riquelme Guill (1)
Dr Miguel Cano González (1)
Dr Roberto Tomás Jover (1)
Dr Luis Jordá Bordehore, (2)(3)
Dr José Luis Pastor (1)
Dr David Benavente (4)
(1 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alicante (Spain).
(2) Escuela Politécnica Superior del Litoral, Guayaquil (Ecuador).
(3) Instituto Geológico y Minero de España.
(4) Environmental and Earth Sciences Department, University of Alicante.
DigitalRocks was born to provide digital 3D rock information under a geological point of view. It offers information that goes beyond mere digital photographs: it offers a 3D scaled image with which users can observe the rock from almost any point of view. As we the 3D model creation includes the texture extracted from photos, it is possible to appreciate the texture of the rock in true colour, and therefore the significant characteristics that allow its identification by visual inspection (e.g. foliation, porosity, organisms, etc).
The contents hosted on this page are free to access under Creative Commons License 4.0.
How to join DigitalRocks?
DigitalRocks is a live system. If you want to collaborate in the DigitalRocks project providing your own 3D models, the community will well receive your contributions. The 3D Model acquisition section provides a description of how generating models. Some methods are low cost, so we encourage teachers and students to generate their own 3d models and collaborate with the community.