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Open ShapeMetrix File

The ShapeMetrix file reader option allows users to read in custom files created by 3GSM ShapeMetrix with a *.3gdps file extension. These files contain joint information such as dip, dip direction, location, and persistence, and allow users to analysis their ShapeMetrix data in Dips.

To read in a ShapeMetrix file:

  1. In the Dips program, select File > Open in the menu or click the ShapeMetrix icon in the toolbar.
  2. Select the *.3gdps file containing your ShapeMetrix information.
  3. Click Open.

File Format

The *.3gdgps file exported by ShapeMetrix is a plain text, comma delimited file. The file contains the following data:

  • Version #
  • Units
  • Declination
  • XYZ Coordinates - X(Easting), Y(Northing), Z(Elevation)
  • Persistence
  • Dip
  • Dip Direction
  • Set ID
  • Colour
  • Set statistics:
    • Set ID
    • Set Name
    • Set Colour
    • Mean Dip
    • Mean Dip Direction
    • Spherical Aperture
    • Fisher Concentration
    • Degree Of Orientation
    • Cone Of Confidence
    • Confidence Level
    • Weight Indicator
    • Mean Spacing
    • Std Dev Spacing
    • Mean Trace Length
    • Std Dev Trace Length

Saving a File

After completing your Dips analysis, you can save your ShapeMetrix/Dips project by selecting File > Save. The project will be saved as *.dips8 file, which can then be imported into other Rocscience programs for further analysis.

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