3D Geospatial Visualization of Underground Space to Enhance Ge-goverance

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This paper reviews the key issues relating to the increased future use of underground space where geoscientific information will be indispensable as a decision support tool for the sustainable development of underground space. A clear understanding of what is in the underground space (geology, utilities, etc.) and its properties are required to form a correct grasp of the potential assets and challenges of underground space as a resource. To inform urban developmental choices, regions having geological units that lend themselves to development or expansion of underground space use in the future will be given precedence over those with adverse geological conditions. Such information needs to be included into decision support systems for conventional types of underground construction. This paper establishes that a strong need exists to adopt computational visualization approaches in the form of GIS-based multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA). These provide a platform to enable the testing of underground space through a virtual experimental set-up of different uses, using a broad range of different yet divergent future scenarios to ensure that the core objectives of sustainable development are met.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Geo-Congress 2014 Technical Papers: Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability
Editors Murad Abu-Farsakh, Xiong Yu, Laureano Hoyos
Publication statusPublished - 2014