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Dear Digital Rocks Community,

Our thoughts are with you if you are affected by the recent snow/ice storm in the US. Texas and many in our community have been seriously affected and we hope power is restored soon.

We are excited to announce the winners for our Visualization Challenge. The task was to reuse any 3D dataset from the Digital Rocks Portal to create a static image, video, or 3D printed visualization. We thank our sponsors: South Big Data Innovation Hub (main sponsor), Object Research Systems (“Enchanted Rock” premium sponsor), Kitware (“Town Mountain Granite” sponsor), and Dassault Systèmes (“Austin Chalk” sponsor) for their support and cash prizes for the participants.

Winner: Julie Kim, Princeton University
Title: Smart Mineral Mapper
Dataset Reused: Eagle Ford Shale: Synchrotron-Based Element and Mineral Maps

Runner Up: Laura Dalton, West Virginia University and National Energy Technology Laboratory
Title: Contact Angle Evolution
Dataset Reused: Bentheimer and Nugget Residual Saturation Micro-Computed Tomography Data 

Third place: Miral Tawfik, Pennsylvania State University
Title: Identifying Savonnieres Carbonate Ooliths
Dataset Reused: Savonnières carbonate

Winner: Dr. Mathieu Souzy, University of Twente
Title: Pore Aventura: a 3D Velocity Field Explorer
Dataset Reused: Experimental 3D Velocity Field in Random Sphere Packing 

Winner: Bin Wang, Louisiana State University 
Title: Pore-scale Flow Visualization in Porous Media
Dataset Reused: Experimental 3D Velocity Field in Random Sphere Packing

Runner Up: Honggeun Jo, The University of Texas at Austin
Title: Fluid Displacement in a Fracture
Dataset Reused: Fractures with variable wettability and roughness

Third place: Dr. Devin Rippner, University of California, Davis
Title: Belgian fieldstone pores and solids
Dataset Reused: Belgian Fieldstone

Winner: Javier Santos, University of Texas
Title: Sphere pack juxtaposed with the non-wetting fluid at 40% saturation (surfaces visualized based on fluid displacement simulation in the sphere pack).
Dataset Reused: Finney Packing of Spheres

Runner Up: Yanbin Gong, University of Wyoming
Title: Visualization of a sand/pore and a sphere packing surface
Dataset Reused: Uniform quartz - Silver nanoparticle injection experiment and Finney Packing of Spheres

Third place: Dr. Lingyun Kong, Energy, and Environmental Research Center
Title: Visualization of sandstone and a carbonate pore space surface
Dataset Reused: Doddington Sandstone and Massangis Jaune Carbonate

Look for the detailed information on how to reproduce the above visualization in future newsletters or if you are on Twitter, follow us at

Last but not the least, Happy Lunar New Year! 

Yours sincerely,
Digital Rocks Portal Data Curation and Promotion Crew:
Maša Prodanović (UT Austin), Hasan Khan (UI Urbana Champaign), Javier E. Santos (UT Austin), Anuradha Radhakrishnan (UT Austin),  and Ankita Singh (UNSW Sydney).

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