The CoreWall Suite is a collaborative development for a real-time stratigraphic correlation, core description (CD) and data visualization system to be used by the marine, terrestrial and Antarctic science communities. The development will be carried out in broad collaboration with stakeholders in these science communities.
To ensure that the software development does not occur independent of related IT activities, in particular, the development of the U.S. IODP-Phase 2 Scientific Ocean Drilling Vessel (SODV), a Steering Committee will be constituted. The Steering Committee will be comprised of key U.S. IODP and related database (e.g., CHRONOS, SedDB) developers and users as well as representatives of other core-based enterprises (e.g., ANDRILL, ICDP, LacCore). Data will be made available directly from the numerous hard rock and sediment databases or through access provided by a portal such as CHRONOS. CoreWall's software displays section images from one or more cores along with discrete data streams and nested images to provide a robust approach to the description of sediment cores. Split-core surface images are the fundamental template of sediment descriptive work. Loaded horizontally and viewed in high resolution along a sliding plane, features such as lithologic variation, macroscopic grain size variation, bioturbation intensity, chemical composition and micropaleontology are easier to interpret and annotate.
In particular, the CoreWall Suite will incorporate the new Correlator software, the updated version of CLIP (e.g. Sagan and Splicer) that was developed by the Lamont group more than 10 years ago, into a new portable visualization tool that will work across multiple platforms and interact seamlessly with both JANUS (ODP's relational database), CHRONOS, PetDB, SedDB, dbSEABED and other databases. This functionality will result in a CoreWall Suite module that can be used and distributed anywhere for stratigraphic and age correlation tasks. The versatility and flexibility of these enhanced software tools will allow geoscientists to integrate shipboard data entered into the JANUS database with third-party analyses of samples distributed to other scientists or generated by other programs and projects. While doing this, we will abstract the functional algorithms that drive NCLIP into software libraries that will be used in the CoreWall Suite so that they are available for other software development projects that want to build on these modules. In this way, the critical depth mapping functionality and enhancements that resulted in NCLIP will be integrated into the remarkable visualization capability that is CoreWall, which is envisioned to be at the heart of a next-generation suite of tools required by the IODP and other ocean science research programs, as well as ICDP and other terrestrial core-based research programs.
CoreWall's high-resolution tiled LCD display gives geoscientists a large-scale perspective, helpful in processing and comparing high-resolution digital line-scan images of cores measuring up to hundreds of feet long. A prototype desktop environment for CoreWall is Personal GeoWall2 (PG2) , a system that uses a single computer to drive four LCD panels as well as a single-screen stereo GeoWall display.
CoreWall Affiliate Partners
|USIO Science Services, TAMU: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at Texas A & M University|
|ANDRILL: Antarctic Geological Drilling Program|
|LacCore: U.S. National Lacustrine Core Repository at University of Minnesota|
|Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago|
Corelyzer is being developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory with funding provided by the National Science Foundation under the agreement number OCE-0602121.