Adapting the CAD model resolution using Gocad

In this example, a finely sampled topography (yellow) has already undergone several operations in Gocad ( the fault and another structural interface have been intersected with it). Now we want to extend the model with a coarsely sampled topography (green surface).

coarse and fine topography

The coarse topography has been created using the “hole” and “subsample” options of the script createGOCADTSurfNXNY.py, using the following command line:

python createGOCADTSurfNXNY.py --subsample 8 --objectname topoE --hole 89.5  97.0 1.5 14.5 structuredPointSet.xyz topoExt.ts --proj EPSG:32646

Now we want to seal the gap between both surfaces. To do that we will create surfaces “from 2 surface borders”. To facilitate the work of Gocad, we first need to add extra boundary extremities to both surfaces, at the corners of their borders. We also need to add boundary extremities to the coarse topography to roughly match the segmentation of the fine topography border, resulting from the fault intersection. This is done by:

Right-clicking on the surface >Tools > Border Extremity >Add.

adding border Extremities

Then, the surface filling the gap between coarse and fine topography can be created using: Surface > New > From curves > 2 surface Borders > give a name, a click on each border. Repeat the operation for each section of the border. Here is the final result.

gap filled

Finally, the new surface can possibly be merged into the coarse topography.