Our View Product Manager, Amy Gerber, gave a presentation on data stories at Vancouver Lyceum 2018. You can watch the video of her presentation, or continue reading for a summary of her talk.

What’s in a data story?

Every day we’re surrounded by data stories.

You might be checking the weather in the morning.

Or deciding where to eat.

Maybe you want to find the best route to work.

These are data stories, visual representations of data that allow us to review, examine, and analyse the information in a way that suits us. They help us understand context and make informed decisions about the world around us.

Data stories in geology

You have your own data stories to tell. We know that you spend a significant amount of time and energy gathering, analysing and interpreting geological data to create 3D models. And once those models are created, you need to share the results with your stakeholders.

These situations probably sound familiar to you. You capture a screenshot of the model and attach it to a PowerPoint or email, with a list of notable findings and proposed actions. Or you try to gather all your stakeholders across different offices, into one meeting for a presentation. But none of these solutions are optimal. We all know how difficult it is to try and organise a cross-time zone meeting, or showcase 3D data findings with 2D representation. Oftentimes these scenarios create more questions than answers and can leave everyone feeling frustrated.

That’s why we created View &emdash; a way to convey geological data stories that others can interrogate, interpret and interact with.

Creating focused data stories with View

View is a web-based solution that allows you to upload your Leapfrog models and share them securely with others. It allows you to develop a data story using tools like slides and annotations, and lets others manipulate and explore the model. Best of all, you can share your models with anyone, anywhere (provided they have an internet connection).

To get the most out of View, you should create focused data stories by only uploading relevant geological data. This ensures that whoever you invite to see your project (called a ‘collaborator’) will not be overwhelmed with information.

To illustrate, here’s how View could be used to share the story of a ground condition model:

Your company wants to create an underground excavation in an area of interest. To prepare, your team has gathered geological and hydrogeological data from boreholes and has completed topographical surveys. You’ve used Leapfrog software to generate a ground condition model, which includes surfaces of water levels and relevant geological structures (like faults). You’ve also imported a surface of the proposed excavation into Leapfrog.

Let’s say you want to share the model with another geologist so they can review your geological interpretation. To make sure the data story is focused, you should only upload relevant information to View. So, in this case, it may be ideal to upload the borehole data and geological surfaces to View for your collaborator to interrogate.

Or, perhaps your team wants to communicate the excavation plan to investors. In this case, you can upload just the excavation surface outline and topography to View.

Maybe you want to share the information with a geotechnical team. In this scenario, you could upload just the geological structures and proposed excavation surface.

With View, you can share many different focused data stories from the same data set.

How is sharing with View different?

With View, you’re not just sharing your data – you’re inviting others to join the conversation. Because the interface is intuitive and the data stories are focused, those with no modelling experience can understand and examine the data. You can easily share your models with all those who need to stay informed.

Sign up for View today and let your data tell a story.

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