Remeshing the topography

Nowadays, high resolution topographic and bathymetric data are most of the time available. Processing this large amount of data can be a challenge. For example in Gocad, intersecting such surfaces with other surfaces can be time-consuming and error-prone. To overcome these kinds of difficulties, an idea is to coarsen the meshed topography where a fine resolution is not necessary, before working on the surfaces in Gocad.

As an illustration, we will process a netcdf file from GEBCO ( It has been used in Sumatra related simulations. It features a 400m resolution regular grid. Using the script, available here, we will downsample the data overall, project them and isolate a square region away from which a fine discretization is not necessary.

python3 data/  trash.stl --subsample 2 --proj EPSG:32646  --hole 94 95 8 10
Now we can import the data in SimModeler5 (the version is important, as SimModeler4 does not have the ABAQUS 2D export):
File > Import discrete Data > uncheck all.
topography in SimModeler Now we can specify the size we want in the central and side areas. Here is the resulting mesh:
meshed topography The mesh can then be exported:
File > Export mesh > ABAQUS 2D > test.inp (for example).
We finally convert the inp file to a ts file readable by gocad using:
python3 test.inp --isolate