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Bane Sullivan
%matplotlib inline
from pyvista import set_plot_theme


Interpolate one mesh's point/cell arrays onto another mesh's nodes using a Gaussian Kernel.

# sphinx_gallery_thumbnail_number = 4
import pyvista as pv
from pyvista import examples

#Simple Surface Interpolation

Resample the points' arrays onto a surface

# Download sample data
surface = examples.download_saddle_surface()
points = examples.download_sparse_points()

p = pv.Plotter()
p.add_mesh(points, point_size=30.0, render_points_as_spheres=True)

Run the interpolation

interpolated = surface.interpolate(points, radius=12.0)

p = pv.Plotter()
p.add_mesh(points, point_size=30.0, render_points_as_spheres=True)
p.add_mesh(interpolated, scalars="val")

#Complex Interpolation

In this example, we will in interpolate sparse points in 3D space into a volume. These data are from temperature probes in the subsurface and the goal is to create an approximate 3D model of the temperature field in the subsurface.

This approach is a great for back-of-the-hand estimations but pales in comparison to kriging

# Download the sparse data
probes = examples.download_thermal_probes()

Create the interpolation grid around the sparse data

grid = pv.UniformGrid()
grid.origin = (329700, 4252600, -2700)
grid.spacing = (250, 250, 50)
grid.dimensions = (60, 75, 100)
dargs = dict(cmap="coolwarm", clim=[0,300], scalars="temperature (C)")
cpos = [(364280.5723737897, 4285326.164400684, 14093.431895014139),
 (337748.7217949739, 4261154.45054595, -637.1092549935128),
 (-0.29629216102673206, -0.23840196609932093, 0.9248651025279784)]

p = pv.Plotter()
p.add_mesh(grid.outline(), color='k')
p.add_mesh(probes, render_points_as_spheres=True, **dargs)

Run an interpolation

interp = grid.interpolate(probes, radius=15000, sharpness=10, strategy='mask_points')

Visualize the results

vol_opac = [0, 0, .2, 0.2, 0.5, 0.5]

p = pv.Plotter(shape=(1,2), window_size=[1024*3, 768*2])
p.add_volume(interp, opacity=vol_opac, **dargs)
p.add_mesh(probes, render_points_as_spheres=True, point_size=10, **dargs)
p.add_mesh(interp.contour(5), opacity=0.5, **dargs)
p.add_mesh(probes, render_points_as_spheres=True, point_size=10, **dargs)