Improved Color Mapping: A feature of SVOffice 2009
April 29, 2009
Have a look at the two screenshots above. Which one shows your water table better?
This is a simple demonstration of the new color mapping improvements recently added to SVOffice 2009. These new colormaps are tailored to each product in the SVOffice suite, to handle specific tasks. They are all gradient colormaps, which use 256 color levels to better visualize rapid changes in your numerical data. The SVFlux example above (found in our software as Ponds > Pstr01.svm) demonstrates a bi-level colormap, which use two gradients: one shows positive pore-water pressure values, and the other one shows negative values. This makes the water table line really stand out!
There are currently three bi-level colormaps to choose from: blue/brown, blue/green, and green/brown. All use zero as a threshold value, to clearly distinguish between positive and negative values.
Another exciting addition is the temperature colormap. This colormap is derived from scientific black-body color temperatures, which lead to very intuitive visualization results. Have a look a the SVHeat example above: the model on the right is easy to interpret and requires no special knowledge to understand what the colors mean.
These new colormaps are a standard part of our AcuMesh visualization package. To select a colormap, use the Plot > Contours dialog and click on the Color Map tab. This dialog also controls other aspects of your visualization; feel free to experiment!