RockWorks Software Box

RockWorks gives you numerous options for analysing your subsurface data, and accepts many different data types, such as stratigraphy, lithology, downhole data, fracture data and hydrology and aquifer data.

Volumetric Analysis & Three-Dimensional Visualization of Industrial Mineral Deposits

How to use RockWorks to model and analyze industrial mineral deposits, including...


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RockWorks has long been the standard in the petroleum, environmental, geotechnical and mining industry for subsurface data visualisation because of popular tools such as maps, logs, cross sections, fence diagrams, solid models and volumetrics.

An integrated collection of earth science software, including map and log digitising, base mapping and coordinate conversions, gridding and contouring, solid modelling, statistics computations, two- and three-dimensional orientation analysis, log plotting and cross sections, and other miscellaneous utilities.

All of the RockWorks components share a standardised user interface and produce compatible graphics. Use the digitising to determine the co-ordinates of drill-holes from an aerial photograph and to trace a series of curves from the associated strip logs. The digitised co-ordinates, which can be in any units (linear or logarithmic scales), could then be used to generate a series of contour maps depicting structural elevations, thicknesses, or geochemistry, while the curve data could then be plotted within logs as part of a cross-section. Finally, the logs and contour maps could be exported to AutoCAD for additional editing and annotation.

Rockworks 16 New Features List

New RockWorks EarthApps - Output spatial data to Google Earth

  • Point Maps: Display map locations with icons, circles, cones, cylinders, and strike and dip symbols.

  • Line Maps: Display lines, polylines, tubes, parabolas, and pipelines in Google Earth.

  • Polygon Maps: Display polygons, claims, leases, PLSS sections, and U.S. state and country outlines in Google Earth. 

  • Images: Display images as draped on the ground, floating, vertical, and as legends. 

  • Flyovers: Create simple and advanced, forward-looking or circular flyovers in Google Earth.

  • Cellmaps: Create maps of spatial data to illustrate highs, lows, averages, weighted averages, etc.

  • Survey maps: Compute and display point locations and polygons from survey data.

New Coordinate Options

  • Define project units and coordinate system for new and updated project databases.

  • Map (XY) and depth (Z) units can bemixed (e.g. meters and feet).

  • Project dimensions now represent Output Dimensions, and units are defined. Area, volume and mass units are also defined.

  • Define units and coordinate system for spatial columns in the utilities datasheet.

  • Coordinate conversion options have been added to all import tools.

  • Relabel coordinates for existing data/projects.

  • Reproject coordinates for existing data/projects.

  • Volume reports use project units

New Diagram Types and Improvements

  • New Stratigraphy Rules provide smarter cross sections and stratigraphy models.

  • "EZ" P-DataI-Data,Stratigraphy correlation panels in striplog sections. 

  • Improvements to the Stratigraphy Picker and Lithology Picker programs

  • Distance labels -or- coordinate labels in profile diagrams

  • Display faults in sections and profiles

  • Polygon maps:  multiple polygons, claim maps

  • Claim area and lease area calculators

Borehole Manager Features

  • New layout of the Location tab – better organization.

  • Customized Location fields on their own "groups" or tabs for great flexibility,

  • Each database table can be referenced to the ground or collar elevations.

  • Improved hole sorting options so enabled can show at top and boreholes can be easily grouped.

  • Search for boreholes, hide disabled holes.

  • Lithology, Stratigraphy, Water Level, Well Construction descriptions and Comments are now "memos" with unlimited content. 

  • Easily re-order I-Data, T-Data, P-Data, I-Text, P-Text columns (and they'll be remembered). Hide them, too.

  • Lithology, Stratigraphy, Water Level, Well Construction descriptions and Comments are now "memos" with unlimited content. 

  • Easily re-order I-Data, T-Data, P-Data, I-Text, P-Text columns (and they'll be remembered). Hide them, too.

EarthApps and Utilities Datasheet

  • Row checkboxes – unchecked items will not be processed. 

  • Filter rows based on Output Dimensions and Polygons.

  • New column types in the Utilities datasheet.

  • Specify coordinates and units.

  • Store metadata with your datasheets.

  • Specify numeric format (regional numbering systems).

  • Save / load datasheet layout templates

RockPlot2D Updates

  • Expanded Google Earth export tools - export cross sections as vertical panels, maps as floating or draped, etc.

  • Diagram type saved in RockPlot2D files: unknown, map, section/profile, chart

  • Diagrams store coordinate system and units.

  • New tools in RockPlot2D to hand-draw correlation panels. Includes "snap" nodes in logs, snap to lines.

  • Add vertices to polygons and polylines

  • Establish a default font for 2D graphics; edit them individually in the plot window.

  • Apply transparency to color-filled or pattern-filled polygons.

  • Now include fills in vector patterns!

  • 2D color legends include scientific notation and prefixes & suffixes

RockPlot3D Updates

  • Expanded Google Earth export tools.

  • Color schemes for 3D diagrams can be defined before they are created.

  • Store one or more viewpoints for quick restoring of view position and angle.

  • Extract grid models from Rw3D scenes.

  • Capture distance as well as XYZ coordinates in RockPlot3D window.

  • Save Vertical Exaggeration in Rw3D scenes. 

System Improvements

  • New network license manager

  • Installation program offers options for user and sample file locations

  • Wildcard names for file paths

  • Unicode support of non-Latin alphabets

  • More consistent support of non-US number formats

  • Project notes support RTF (Rich Text Format) thereby allowing for multiple fonts, font effects, and embedded imagery.

  • User-specific menu settings for shared project folders.


Case Study - Modeling a Multi-Seam Coal Reserve Using RockWorks

This study documents the modeling and visualization of a multi-seam coal reserve, including entering the data into Excel and importing into RockWorks, and visualizing the observed data in borehole location maps, 3D logs ,and hole to hole cross sections.

Case Study - Sand and Gravel

This paper discusses creating a RockWorks borehole database with drillhole locations, observed lithology and downhole measurements of percent sand, gravel, and clay. 3D logs are used to visualize subsurface data, and solid models are generated to represent the materials.

Case Study - Using a Digital Cone Penetrometer to Locate Clandestine Grave Sites

This case study describes using a cone penetrometer to measure soil compaction, importing the data into RockWorks, and creating compaction models for display as block models, 3D fence diagrams, and maps.

Case Study - Volumetric Analysis & Three-Dimensional Visualization of Industrial Mineral Deposits

This paper details how to use RockWorks to model and analyze industrial mineral deposits, including the differences between borehole data and non-borehole data, and the concepts of and differences between grid (surface) and solid models.

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