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LIME has been developed by the VOG Group through our ongoing activities at the forefront of virtual geoscience. It is written in C++ and is based on high performance OpenGL graphics, including advanced rendering using the graphics processing unit (GPU). Currently, LIME is available for Windows, though further platforms are planned to be supported in the future.



Fill out the registration box to access the LIME installer and sample dataset

LIME was released for download during the 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (21-23rd September 2016). Since then, major efforts in time and resources have been expended in adding features and fixing issues, bringing LIME to an increasingly professional standard. For v2, we decided to add a small annual charge for academic users (see our post on this). Commercial and academic users can now easily and instantly obtain license activations online.

A free 30-day trial will start when you install LIME for the first time. If you are a returning user, existing valid activation keys will be picked up automatically. If your key has expired you can activate here.

We are always happy to receive your feedback on how to improve LIME (contact In addition, we are interested in collaborative projects where we can push the boundaries of our methods and software in new and exciting applications.


Hardware requirements

LIME will run on most laptops and workstations running the 64bit Windows operating system. However, the following hardware recommendation will help you increase performance, especially with larger datasets.

  • Dedicated GPU for running the 3D graphics (NVIDIA recommended, e.g. Quadro series >2GB).
  • >4GB RAM (recommended 16GB or more) is needed to load larger 3D model data
  • A multi-core processor is beneficial for multi-threaded data loading
  • High-speed hard drives for faster out of core data loading for level of detail (LOD) datasets
  • Plenty of hard drive space for those large 3D datasets, and/or:
  • A good Internet connection if using cloud 3D data connections (e.g. to V3Geo)

Of these, the first and second items are most important to use LIME as it was intended.


How to cite and acknowledge LIME

Buckley, S.J., Ringdal, K., Naumann, N., Dolva, B., Kurz, T.H., Howell, J.A., Dewez, T.J.B., 2019. LIME: Software for 3-D visualization, interpretation, and communication of virtual geoscience models, Geosphere, 15(1): 222-235. doi:10.1130/GES02002.1.

In addition to the citation, if you find LIME useful in your work, please recognise the great efforts the development team make, by acknowledging the VOG Group in any publication, presentation or other dissemination based on use of the software.


Test dataset and getting started

We have provided a sample dataset for LIME users to get going with the software. It allows users to explore the technical functionality needed to use LIME for 3D model visualisation and interpretation. An example project and a getting started guide is included in the data package. The geological interpretation found in the data set is made by Vipond (2005). It has been simplified and is not geologically-exhaustive. The dataset connects to V3Geo for loading the virtual 3D model (Internet connection required). The Ainsa dataset remains copyright of the VOG Group and shall not be redistributed or used for any other purpose without written permission.

Please see the LIME Resources page for tutorials and FAQs useful when getting started with the software.


Privacy disclaimer on registration

We only store your details for internal purposes, to understand who is using LIME and for what purpose. This helps us to justify the continuation of the project. We do not pass this information to anybody else. Very infrequently we may send an email notification about a new version of the software. By continuing with the registration you agree to this.

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