Computer aided geological design: AutoCAD® applications in structural geology

  • Sebastián González Chiozza Universidade Federal do Ceará
Palavras-chave: AutoCAD. Análise estrutural. Modelagem tridimensional. Rejeito de falha. Problema dos três pontos.


The three-dimensional (3D) modeling environment of AutoCAD is used to represent and solve problems of structural geology. As an alternative to bi-dimensional (2D) techniques of classical structural analysis, the 3D capabilities of the software are used for modeling, positioning and measuring geological structures. To introduce the proposed method, two practical examples are presented as exercises with detailed instructions. The technique consists in precisely representing the geometrical entities that comprise the geological problem within three-dimensional space to enable the direct measurement of structural parameters. Accurate results, such as fault displacement and the attitude of several structures, are obtained with the dimension tools of the program, so no calculations are required. Diverse 3D viewing perspectives can be adopted to enhance the comprehension of the analyzed situation.


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Biografia do Autor

Sebastián González Chiozza, Universidade Federal do Ceará
Graduado e doutorado em Ciências Geológicas pela Universidade de Buenos Aires (ambos diplomas revalidados pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ). Desde 1998 exerce atividades na área de Geociências, com experiência em estudos e mapeamentos geológicos, análise estrutural, petrográfica e mineralógica, caracterização de jazidas minerais e execução de levantamentos topográficos. Atuação acadêmica nas áreas de geologia estrutural, desenho geológico, geologia econômica e topografia. Atualmente é professor adjunto do Departamento de Geologia da Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC).


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Como Citar
Chiozza, S. G. (2017). Computer aided geological design: AutoCAD® applications in structural geology. Terrae Didatica, 13(2), 113-122.