Visualising Data in the Central Portal
You can view project data in 3D and discuss it with your team in the Central Portal. This topic describes how to select project revisions, visualise revision data in the 3D scene and collaborate with the team. It is divided into:
- Adding and Organising Data in the Scene
- Navigating in the Scene
- Drawing Slices
- Collaborating with the Team
To start, click on Projects in the sidebar, then select a project. In the project’s Overview tab, click on a revision ID to open its 3D view:
You can switch between revisions and branches using the breadcrumbs at the top of the window. Clicking on the current branch name, in this case Phase 4, displays all branches and revisions:
Clicking on the revision number displays only other revisions on the same branch:
A revision may contain comments. If so, click the thumbnail in the comment to display the data referred to in the comment:
Expand the folders and click the Add buttons () to add data to the scene. You can also click on items and drag them into the scene:
You can also select multiple objects and add them to the scene. To do this, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking. Then drag the objects into the scene:
Click on an object in the Objects list to change how it is displayed. Additional controls are available in the Properties panel, which will open when you select an object.
In the Objects list, you can change:
- Whether an object is visible in the scene ()
- Whether a surface’s triangles are displayed ()
- Whether an object’s text label is displayed ()
- Whether an object’s legend is displayed ()
- Whether a lines object is shown as squares or points (). Clicking on this button also lets you change the size of the object.
You can also remove objects from the Objects list. To do this, hold your mouse cursor over the object, then click the options button () and Remove from scene:
You can also select multiple objects and remove them from the scene. To do this, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking.
The options available in the Properties panel depend on the object type. For example, here the Properties panel for the Topography is open, showing that it can be displaying using a flat colour or with the Geological Map image draped on it:
Data tables can be displayed using any of the available columns. For example, here a lithology table is displayed. You can view data for an object by clicking on it in the scene:
To hide some or all of the categories, click on the Filter button ():
Note that the table’s legend is displayed as a pop-out panel. The Properties panel and other pop-out panels can be moved by clicking on the four dots along the top of a panel and dragging the panel to where you want to position it:
An opacity control is available for all object types.
Use your mouse to navigate in the scene. There are three modes:
- Rotate ()
- Pan (). You can also pan when the rotate tool is selected by holding down both mouse buttons.
- Zoom in and out (). You can also zoom when the rotate tool is selected by using the mouse’s scroll wheel or by holding down the right mouse button.
The centre of rotation of the scene is the centre of the objects in the scene. To change the point of rotation, click with both mouse buttons down on an object in the scene.
There are also keyboard shortcuts for quickly changing the view:
- To look down on the scene, press the D key.
- To view the scene from below, press the U key.
- To view from north, south, east or west, press the N, S, E and W keys.
Click the Slicer button () to open the Slicer panel, then click on the Draw slice button () and draw in the scene to set your initial slice:
There are different options in the slicer panel for controlling the position of the slice. Hold your mouse cursor over each option to see what it does.
There are also keyboard shortcuts for working with the slicer:
- To centre the slicer in the scene, press the C key.
- To move the slicer in the scene, hold down the Ctrl key and the right mouse button while moving the mouse.
- To change the slice width, hold down the Ctrl key and both mouse buttons while moving the mouse.
- To look at the slicing plane, press the L key.
- To look at the back of the slicing plane, press Shift+L.
- To orient the slicer to the current view, press Ctrl+V.
When you add a comment, the objects in the scene are saved along with the comment, which means you can easily direct your team to areas of interest. To add a comment, click the Comments button () to open the Comments panel. Click Add Comment and enter your comment. The scene is saved along with your comment, and the scene can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail.
You can also add a geotag to the comment. Click the geotag button (), then click in the scene to set the geotag’s location.
You can use @mentions to bring others into the conversation and they will receive notifications of the conversation. Simply type @, then start typing the name of the person you wish to mention. Central will suggest matches from the users who are members of the Central installation. Use the arrow keys to scroll up and down the list of suggested users, then press the Enter key to select.
Mentioned users will receive a notification with a link they can click on to view the comment and the scene:
To learn more about notifications, see the Receiving and Configuring Central Notifications topic.