With Digital Geology,
we've brought the geological field trip into the office environment.
Let me share with you the next steps of this innovative journey.
I'm standing here in the iScope Virtual Reality Centre
in the Netherlands.
And behind me you can see the Escudeiros outcrop in the southern Pyrenees,
one of the stops of our present day geological field trips.
The picture is a 360 x 180-degree, high-resolution panoramic photograph
that we recently took during one of our reconnaissance trips.
Standing here in Rijswijk,
I can now navigate you through the geology
and zoom in and explain relevant geological details to you,
as I would do when I would be physically in the field.
I can do this in a collaborative environment
where people at different locations can connect with me at the same time.
The 360 x 180-degree panoramic picture is geo-referenced
and can be combined with, for example, satellite imagery, Google Earth maps,
geoscience, topographical, multimedia, and other sources of data.
It will be presented as a low-cost and intuitive, web-based solution
accessible to everyone, at any place, at any time,
and linked to our knowledge management setup.
In 2017, we intend to collect these high-resolution panoramic pictures
for all the stops of the geological field trips
that we run in the Subsurface Faculty.
We will translate these into virtual outcrop stops
that we will integrate into our Digital Geology project.
Ultimately, we want to make our virtual outcrop stops
a fully immersive experience.
The best has yet to come.
Enjoy the future.