Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP)

Wren's Nest, Dudley, UK

The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP) is a web-based, open access, digital resource for stratigraphy.

The project aims to eliminate stratigraphic ambiguity associated with sample position within a stratigraphic section.

The DISP is a component of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Project 591 — The Early to Middle Palaeozoic Revolution and is led by Dr Bradley Cramer, Kansas Geological Survey.

In June 2011 the BGS joined forces with the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Kansas, and GeoZentrum Nordbayern in Germany, to help develop a tool to generate and exchange photorealistic 3D outcrop models for stratigraphic research purposes.

The project is using cutting-edge surveying and visualisation technology to improve the resolution of Early to Middle Palaeozoic stratigraphic research in the UK and overseas and will lead to a much improved understanding of global change and evolution of life using evidence from the geological record.

Research news

In July 2011 the first digital survey of several Silurian Group GSSP sites were scanned in Wales and England in conjunction with the Siluria Revisited field meeting in Ludlow, UK.

The BGS engineering surveying facility provided technical support; David Boon used a Terrestrial LiDAR Laser Scanner, equipped with a high resolution digital camera and dGPS, to capture true scale photorealistic 3D models of the Global Boundary Stratotype Sections and Points (GSSP).

The resulting globally referenced 3D outcrop models will enable future researchers to accurately record and share their sample locations in the field via a mobile device, iPad or Android Apps such as those being developed by the BGS (iGeology) and the US based Cybermapping Laboratory.


For further information contact Alan Holden, Chief Geologist, Wales