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ParaViewGeo is a free, BSD-licensed, open source visualization package for the exploration and mining industry.

ParaViewGeo is designed to run on distributed and shared memory parallel systems and single processor systems and can visualize datasets of varying sizes from small to very large. The application can integrate a large set of data and make compelling 3D presentations to give more context to the data as a whole, or to individual sets of data in particular.

Our developers are continuously adding enhancements to the application, supporting additional file formats and increasing the functions available; a free download of the latest version is always available on our download page.

Please read the licensing information page for information on ParaViewGeo licensing.

Open Source - The Free Software Alternative

ParaViewGeo is being distributed as free software. There is no intent to charge any money to sell, rent or license the software to the geological/mining community.

ParaViewGeo is a direct off shoot of ParaView, a parallel scientific visualization software package, that was developed by Kitware and was funded by a number of major US research organizations. You can find more information about ParaView and Kitware at

Kitware is a principled promoter of open source software and as such has made the complete source code for ParaView available for download. MIRARCO, as part of a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund project to promote the use of scientific visualization in the mining and exploration industry, have added to the ParaView code base to create ParaViewGeo.

As the original ParaView was open source, MIRARCO has maintained the same license for ParaViewGeo and is making the software and the code available at no cost. We are hoping that by providing an open multi-processor ready visualization package to the exploration and mining industry we will be creating an open platform that will be used to foster innovation.


ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform application designed to visualize data sets of size varying from small to very large. The goals of the ParaView project include the following:

  • Develop an open-source, multi-platform visualization application.
  • Support distributed computation models to process large data sets.
  • Create an open, flexible, and intuitive user interface.
  • Develop an extensible architecture based on open standards.

More details about ParaView can be found at:

Use ParaViewGeo For...


We encourage the use of ParaViewGeo by students, professors and researchers alike. Being an open source program, it is free of charge and licensing fees. The program can also be customized and modified by users with programming experience—the source code is readily available. As more and more people use ParaViewGeo, we hope to have a community to offer feedback and support in the ongoing development of the software. For examples of how Kitware’s ParaView is used for scientific and academic purposes, visit ParaView’s Applications page.

Interested in using ParaViewGeo in your classroom/studies? See how we can help: Contact us.


The benefits of visualization extend beyond the exploration process. Mine design, planning and scheduling are all tasks that can be undertaken with ParaViewGeo. The process is made easier thanks to the wide range of different files (over 50 formats) that can be imported as source data for your model.

Over the past 10 years, MIRARCO has proven the value of visualization in mining. A number of large mining companies have undertaken strategic technical property reviews and effective investor relations presentations in a Virtual Reality Laboratory.ParaViewGeo is making this tool accessible to mining companies of all sizes for a number of different purposes throughout the mining process.


Geoscience is a broad and diverse field but the use of visualization is a commonality you’ll find in many of the sub-disciplines.ParaViewGeo has been used for geological, seismic and geomagnetic applications but the possibilities go far beyond these areas.ParaViewGeo can read a large number of file formats so that geological databases can be read and integrated into detailed spatial visualizations. This can be done with datasets big and small; ParaViewGeo can handle terabyte-size datasets.

MIRARCO’s Seismic Excavation Hazard Mapping System is a prime example of ParaViewGeo’s value to professional geoscientists. The system relies on ParaViewGeo to create detailed hazard maps for ground control personnel.


Visualization has become a standard tool in the mining exploration trade and ParaViewGeo was developed specifically to meet the needs of exploration professionals.

ParaViewGeo reads over 50 different file formats and allows for the creation of integrated 3D models that can be manipulated and customized as the user sees fit. The software’s ability to handle terabyte-size datasets allows users to integrate all pertinent data for the most comprehensive property analysis and profitable decision making.

A sample dataset of the Brunswick Mine is included with every ParaViewGeo download.