Southern California Earthquake Center
Visualize all data as a system
  • Community fault models
  • WGCEP fault models
  • Earthquake event catalogues
  • Hazus events
  • Earthquake simulators
  • UCERF3 Fault system ruptures
  • Shake maps
  • Surface maps
Movies and collaboration made easy

Timeline allows users to intuitively animate data over time, easily navigating camera positions and turn data sets on or off throughout the process. Combined with the new Legends plugin, SCEC-VDO can produce refined movies without post-processing software. Statefulness feature allows users to save their project and continue work at a later time. Collaboration is as simple as sharing an XML file.


8/4/17 - Version 17.8 just released. Just unzip and run from command prompt

  • Mac OS X (316mb, dmg)
  • Mac OS X (316mb, zip)
  • Windows 64bit (320mb, zip)
  • Linux (410mb, zip)
  • User's Manual

    About SCEC-VDO
    Researchers and undergraduate interns at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) have created a new 3-dimensional (3D) visualization software tool called SCEC Virtual Display of Objects (SCEC-VDO). SCEC-VDO is written in Java and uses the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) backend to render 3D content. A prior version of SCECVDO, which began development in 2005 under the SCEC Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology internship, used the now unsupported Java3D library. Replacing Java3D with the widely supported and actively developed VTK libraries not only ensures that SCEC-VDO can continue to function for years to come, but allows for the export of 3D scenes to web viewers and popular software such as Paraview