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The Paterson Orogen 3D VRML model

Note: This metadata describes the dataset in accordance with the ANZLIC (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2.

Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703009208

Title: The Paterson Orogen 3D VRML model


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



Two geological models, constructed using 3D GeoModeller, have been combined into a 3D VRML view of the Paterson Province. The models were built by members of the Paterson Project, as a two fold exercise, as well as by model building specialists within Geoscience Australia. The primary purpose of the model-building was to test the new GeoModeller software, which enables the construction of 3D models based on geological information. The secondary purpose was to test the project's understanding of the 3D geology of the study areas. The Paterson 100k map sheet and the Cottesloe Syncline models, including 2D sections, maps and images, were imported into the Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML). The VRML used allows the models and associated datasets to be viewed and manipulated over the web.

ANZLIC search words:

  • GEOSCIENCES Geology Models
  • GEOSCIENCES Geophysics Models
  • MINERALS Exploration

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: WESTERN AUSTRALIA - WA - State or Territory - Western Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 121.8333 -21.3333, 122.6666 -21.3333, 122.6666 -22.4833, 121.8333 -22.4833, 121.8333 -21.3333,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -21.3333 °
South bounding latitude: -22.4833 °
East bounding longitude: 122.6666 °
West bounding longitude: 121.8333 °

Data currency

Beginning date: Not Known

Ending date: Not Known

Dataset status

Progress: In Progress

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
NONDIGITAL - html Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) GDA94
NONDIGITAL - wrl VRML file Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) GDA94

Access constraints:

Accessibility free via web browser. This edition of the model is presented in VRML format.

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Data quality


Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Zone 51

Datum: Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94)

Coordinates: Map Grid of Australia 1994 (MGA94)

Geology: Scanned image of the Broadhurst 1:100 000 map sheet in the Paterson Range area.

Solid & Outcrop Observations:

Dem: Pseudocolour image of the Geoscience Australia 9-second Digital Elevation Model (2nd edition). This layer was downloaded from the Geoscience Australia data store as an ArcInfo grid, projected from Geodetic to UTM Zone 51 coordinates, imported into GoCAD as an x, y, z point set and interpolated using an initial 7500 metre triangulation in GoCAD. The data extent matches the polygon coordinate string given above.

Positional accuracy:

Positional accuracy varies with data sources and according to map scale of compilation, i.e. for legacy data compiled at 1:250 000 scale, positional accuracy is generally limited to around 250 metres. In most instances, it is impossible to predict positional accuracy with confidence.

Attribute accuracy:

Every effort has been made to ensure that features are attributed so that they are fit-for-use, and not necessarily compliant with any data dictionary version such as that constructed by Geoscience Australia. Geological themes have generally been constructed to comply with a version of the GA data dictionary.

Logical Consistency:

The test applied to consistency is fit-for-use, not necessarily compliant with a given standard. Every effort has been made to ensure that themes and layers within themes have been constructed to be logically consistent by following process standards.


This is a preliminary version of the model and is as such incomplete. Updates are planned in the coming year (06/07), the model will be improved and added to as part of the Paterson Project in this time.

Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

Additional metadata

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Authors:Meixner, A.J. Lane, R. Czarnota, C. McIntyre, A. Gerner, E.J.