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52n GeologicToolbox

Tools for geologic data access, analysis, and 3D visualization

Project Idea

The objective of the Geologic Toolbox project is to provide software tools which bring geologic data into the GIS world. As a first step, a collection of functions to import geologic layer models and borehole information into ESRI's ArcGIS Pro environment is provided. Furthermore, additional Java implementations which run independently from ArcGIS Pro can be used. We expect that the offered toolbox functionality will grow soon in the near future. A draft version of a White Paper describing the idea behind the project can be found here.


52n GeologicToolbox for ArcGIS Pro

Currently, this functionality is available as ArcGIS Pro tools.

  • Import of GOCAD TSurf data (optionally including color codes)
  • Import of DUDE TIN files (RAG-specific format)
  • Import of models in VTK format
  • Import of borehole data in BIF2 format (RAG-specific format)
  • Cross-section generation (on rasterized triangle meshes only)
  • Extraction of topological model boundaries
  • Surface-layer intersection check utility (prototype implementation)
  • Voxel-element generation between surfaces (prototype implementations)

It is planned to add more functionality in the near future.

52n GeologicToolbox for Java

Based on the 52n Triturus framework (see additionally some Java helpers are provided. Currently, this functionality has been realized:

  • Checking of GOCAD project files
  • Access to GOCAD TSurf data
  • Transformation of surface data into simple ASCII formats, e.g. VTK (e.g., for use in ParaView, X3D, or Wavefront OBJ
  • Orientation analysis tools (incl. Clar notation support)
  • Simple HTML5/WebGL-based visualization (via X3DOM)

License information

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Apache License version 2.0. For further information please refer to 'LICENSE'-file.

Software Installation

GeologicToolbox for ArcGIS Pro

To install the very latest toolbox version for ArcGIS Pro, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the required files to your local disk: /arcgispro/bin/GeologicToolbox.tbx and all Python source files from /arcgispro/src. Note: Alternatively, just check out this repository with a suitable Git client (e.g., TortoiseGit).
  2. Start up ArcGIS Pro and call the 'Add Toolbox' command. Then select the file GeologicToolbox.tbx. The GeologicToolbox.tbx is now available in the catalog, under "Project", "Toolboxes". It contains the different tools as scripts.
  3. The scripts still have to be imported individually inside ArcGIS Pro. To do this, open the properties in the context menu of a script. Here you have to check the box "Import script". That's all!

GeologicToolbox for 52n Triturus (for Java Developers)

If you are a Java programmer and want to program your own applications based on the toolbox's Java packages, here the "quick start" instructions are given:

  1. Install Git, e.g. Git for Windows ( and TortoiseGit (see
  2. Check out the 52n Triturus source code, e.g. by starting TortoiseGit and giving the repository name:
  3. Check out the toolbox's source-code, repository name:
  4. Be sure to have a proper JDK installed, e.g. JDK 8 (download via
  5. Set up your Java project using your favorite IDE, e.g. the Eclipse IDE (download via Use the folder triturus\src for your Java source files and do not forget to include the Triturus project. (Using the Eclipse IDE, the latter can be done by adding the Triturus project to the build path with help of the "Properties..." dialog of the GeologicToolbox project.)
  6. Compile and/or modify the Java source code in your IDE! (To check whether everything has been installed properly, just compile the class org.n52.v3d.triturus.geologic.examples.HelloWorld).


Please find information for contributing to the project in the separate

Project Information

A draft version of the GeologicToolbox White Paper can be found here. We first presented the project at GeoBremen 2017; find our abstract here. In the near future we will provide more information about this project, e.g. in the German user group "3D Geology and GIS".

Support and Contact

If you encounter any issues with the software or if you would like to see certain functionality added, let us know at:


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