I am looking for some open source software to plot some borehole logs and create a 3D ground model.

I used to work in a mining environment and used software including Datamine and Mapinfo Discover to create 3D models. I no longer have access to those programs, and am now doing a review of some GI campaign for a client and need to produce similar 3D models. I'm hoping there is an open-source software solution for this type of work.

The dataset I have is in Excel format and it consists basically of the borehole coordinates, borehole survey, geology logs and geophysical properties.

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    Please provide some more information on the data you want to plot (what is its format), on what you want to see in your plots, and what you mean by a quick 3D ground model.
    – nmtoken
    Nov 29, 2016 at 15:29
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    There is nothing like a quick 3D ground model. Such software is almost always quite complicated. Nevertheless you can try approaches like: geomodelr.com
    – mistapink
    Nov 29, 2016 at 15:40
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    What is a "GI campaign" ?
    – Dan C
    Nov 29, 2016 at 18:46

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QGIS has NVis (via GRASS) and ArcGIS has ArcScene. Both of these are 3D visualisation tools. Failing that, you can use QGIS to create a 3D vector file and import that into a modelling program such as Blender (for which there is a GIS data import plugin using GDAL).


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