How to Use Encom Discover 3D 2011 for Geospatial Analysis
Encom Discover 3D 2011 is a powerful software tool that allows geoscientists to visualize, analyze and model geospatial data in three dimensions. It is designed to work seamlessly with MapInfo Professional, a leading GIS application from Pitney Bowes Business Insight. With Encom Discover 3D 2011, you can create stunning 3D maps, grids, voxels, drillholes, vectors and features that reveal the hidden patterns and relationships in your data. You can also perform advanced geostatistical analysis, interpolation, classification, filtering and geophysical modeling. Whether you are working in exploration, mining, environmental or engineering projects, Encom Discover 3D 2011 can help you gain new insights and make better decisions.
In this article, we will show you some of the main features and functions of Encom Discover 3D 2011 and how to use them effectively. We will assume that you have already installed Encom Discover 3D 2011 and MapInfo Professional on your computer and that you have some basic knowledge of GIS concepts and terminology. If you need more help or information, you can refer to the Encom Discover 3D 2011 User Guide[^1^] or the online help system.
Getting Started with Encom Discover 3D 2011
To start using Encom Discover 3D 2011, you need to launch MapInfo Professional first. Then, you can access the Discover menu from the main menu bar or the Discover toolbar from the toolbars panel. You can also use the Command Search tool, which is a search box that appears in the top right corner of the MapInfo Professional window. You can type keywords or phrases to quickly find and execute tools within MapInfo Professional and Discover[^2^].
Once you have opened the Discover menu or toolbar, you can create a new 3D map window by clicking on the New 3D Map button. This will open a blank 3D map window where you can add and display various types of geospatial data. You can also open an existing 3D map file by clicking on the Open 3D Map button or by using the File>Open command.
Adding Data to a 3D Map
To add data to a 3D map window, you can use the Add Data button on the Discover toolbar or the Add Data command on the Discover menu. This will open a dialog box where you can browse and select the data files that you want to add. You can add multiple files at once by holding down the Ctrl or Shift key while selecting them. You can also drag and drop files from Windows Explorer into the 3D map window.
The types of data that you can add to a 3D map window include:
MapInfo tables (.tab) - These are files that contain spatial data in vector format, such as points, lines, polygons or regions. You can also add attribute data (.dat) or raster images (.jpg, .png, .tif) that are linked to MapInfo tables.
Grids (.grd) - These are files that contain spatial data in raster format, such as elevation, gravity or magnetic data. You can also add grid color tables (.gct) that define how grids are displayed.
Voxels (.vo) - These are files that contain spatial data in volumetric format, such as density or porosity data. You can also add voxel color tables (.vct) that define how voxels are displayed.
Drillholes (.dh) - These are files that contain borehole data, such as collar locations, downhole surveys, assays or lithologies. You can also add drillhole templates (.dht) that define how drillholes are displayed.
Vectors (.vec) - These are files that contain spatial data in line format, such as faults or fractures. You can also add vector templates (.vet) that define how vectors are displayed.
Features (.fea) - These are files that contain spatial data in point format, such as samples or anomalies. You can also add feature templates (.fet) that define how features are displayed.