3D Analysis: Soil Types

Assigning the correct soil type is essential for any depth measurement. The provided soil types in Visualizer 3D Studio are defined with special soil characteristics like dielectric constant, relative permeability, mineralization and humidity. All those parameters are necessary to calculate the approximate depth of potential targets within the scan images.

Click the Soil Type Button button on the Right Sidebar to toggle the Soil Type Panel that is shown in figure 1.

Soil Type Panel
Figure 1: Soil Type Panel

On top of the panel is a toolbar and right beneath is the list of all soil types (the soil type library). There are different categories of soil types:

The toolbar contains the following buttons:

Add Soil Type Add Soil Type (only Professional Edition)
Push this button to add a new soil type into the library. Read section Adding and editing soil types for more details!
Edit Soil Type Edit Soil Type (only Professional Edition)
Push this button to change the parameters of the selected soil type. Read section Adding and editing soil types for more details!
Delete Soil Type Delete Soil Type (only Professional Edition)
Push this button to delete the selected soil type from your library.
Refresh List Refresh List
Push this button to reload the list of soil types in case it got out of sync.

Adding and editing soil types

All users of the Professional Edition of Visualizer 3D Studio have the possibility to add and edit own soil types with very specific and individual soil characteristics. After clicking the Add Soil Type button or the Edit Soil Type button, the Soil Type Dialog from figure 2 will appear on screen.

Soil Type Dialog - General
Figure 2: Soil Type Dialog - General

In the first step you must define all the important general soil parameters:

After defining the general information, you may also assign textures to your soil type. In figure 3 the corresponding settings of the Soil Type Dialog are shown.

Soil Type Dialog - Images
Figure 3: Soil Type Dialog - Images

There are three textures that can be assigned to your individual soil type:

In figure 4 all the mentioned textures are indicated once more to understand the final place where the textures are applied to.

Soil Type Textures
Figure 4: Soil Type Textures

The more precise your selected soil type matches your scan area, the more accurate your depth measurement will be. All the standard soil types that are defined in Visualizer 3D Studio representing the general average of the worlds soil types. If you want to make more accurate depth measurements you must define individual soil types.

Without the proper soil type settings the depth measurement will be inaccurately.

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