VVG is an interoperative web-GIS that federates groundwater data from disparate sources to assist groundwater researchers and help water managers make the correct choices for the sustainable use of a precious resource.
The project has been funded by the State Government of Victoria - Broadband Enabled Innovation Program
The first iteration of the Visualising Victoria's Groundwater web-portal (released July 2012) displays the data for all of Victoria from the following sources:
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)
Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
Federation University Australia (FedUni)
Victorian Mineral Water Committee (VMWC)
Some data (i.e. UB Spatial, VMSD & seamless geology) is accessed directly from the host's servers whereas other data (GMS, 3D, GEDIS & FFSR) accesses the most current versions as they are periodically released by their custodians (via Dropbox or CD). It remains our intention to interoperably link directly to the databases on the custodian's servers in the future.
The quality of the bore data varies greatly. Bore records may be duplicated in the databases or between the databases, the locations may be wrong, data may be missing and sometimes data may be wrong. For this reason, the emphasis in the data collection has been to refer each record to its original source and link to the original source material where available. Over time it is proposed to edit each individual bore in the database to verify and clean the data where possible. As a general rule, bores in the State Observation Bore network, and groundwater research bores managed by the University have the most complete and accurate data.
Our vision is to federate all of the relevant groundwater data for Victoria into web-based spatial information system that is intuitive to use.
This project brings together a unique collaboration of 16 regional, state, national and international organisations with expertise in groundwater science, data collection and management, data modelling and visualisation, information and communications technology (ICT), high speed computation and data distribution, and groundwater management. Each organisation is strongly committed to the innovative project vision of delivering high quality dynamic 3D geovisualisations of Victoria's groundwater systems using high capacity broadband technology.
To achieve the vision, the collaborators will build on and share their current infrastructure and expertise to make Victoria's groundwater data compliant with Open Geospatial Consortium standards, enabling it to be served and consumed by each other's interoperable systems. Applications will be written to dynamically model the interoperable data and deliver the modelled outputs via high capacity internet to end users, including the State's groundwater researchers, managers and users.
This project aims to transform the current delivery of groundwater bore data by:
More importantly, the project aims to model groundwater data on-the-fly, allowing users to:
There are several ways to navigate around using the map interface, your pointer device (mouse) and your keyboard.
The layer switcher allows you to manipulate the data which is displayed on the map. It is broken into two separate sections, Base maps and Layers (or overlays). Simply click on the various layers to toggle them on or off. Some layers take longer to load than others and some are slower to load at the full map extent. Underneath the map in the status bar you will see a loading animation which will be activated when the map is loading.
As the amount of data layers available on VVG has increased, the querying options have become more complicated. We hope to simplify this in the near future.
To query the map just click on the point of the map you are interested in, information related to that point will return information in a small popup window. The type of information returned is dependant on the selected 'query mode'.
The 'query mode' select box is located under the layer switcher on the right-hand-side of the map. This option allows you to change between different query groupings. The default query mode is 'Bores' which will query for bores within a 300 metre radius of a single mouse click on the map. Other query modes are listed below.
The experimental 3D Visualisation tool is available at zoom scale 1:100k and greater. You should see the "3D Scene" option in the base layer switcher, it will remain disabled ("greyed out") until you zooom in to the relevant scale.
Once the option is activated, simply click it to "flip" the current map view into 3D. A new window or tab will be launched at this point. The scene will then begin to load if your browser supports the relevant features. A message will appear with relevant information if your browser in not compatible.
Follow the instructions within the visualisation tool to start interacting with the scene.
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A quick way to zoom in to a specific region is using a zoom box. You can create a zoom box by holding the shift-key and using your mouse to drag a rectangle over the map.
To perform a query, single-click anywhere on the map. By default this will return bores within a 500 metre radius. Use the query mode option above to switch between other groups of layers to query.
Click on a polygon to query the geology layer.
Please Note: Other layers cannot be queried while the Geology layer is active.
To query these layers, choose SRW Aquifers from the query mode option above. Then click on the image to query at that pixel.
To query these layers, choose DELWP statewide aquifers from the query mode option above. Then click on the image to query at that pixel.
Please note: FFSR bore information is currently accessed using an interoperable Web Feature Service (WFS) for Groundwater. The service is currently in beta testing and does not include all FFSR bore data.
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