Polly Sturgeon
Geological Research at the IGS

Augmented Reality 3D Sandbox

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed May 1, 2015 Jun 30, 2016 All Counties
Director: Kevin Russell
Other Researchers: Kathleen Griffin, Richard Hill, Matthew Johnson, Drew Packman, Todd Thompson, Polly Sturgeon
Funding: Indiana University - Indiana Geological & Water Survey
Issue: While current paper and digital IGS maps are useful to a wide variety of target audiences, these static publications do not demonstrate geologic processes nor do they engage kinetic learners. Augmented reality technology allows participants to actively recreate geologic processes associated with changing topography.
Objective: To develop and construct a high-interest, interactive exhibit display that demonstrates changing topography and the consequences of such processes.
Approach: Replicating well established software and exhibit designs, the display will be constructed to be an easily transported unit. Once prove of concept is established, demonstration examples of Indiana related processes will be developed.
Products: A mobile augmented reality 3D sandbox that may be used during outreach events and loaned to select institutions across Indiana that demonstrate geologic processes and issues within Indiana.
Benefits: This tool will provide the IGS with a unique, engaging approach to communicating information related to topography, geologic processes and features, environmental issues, and hazards. As with the Quake Cottage Program, this exhibit will increase outreach opportunities related to issues affecting the citizens of Indiana.

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