A Snapshot in Time

Regular followers of the Vobster Photogrammetry Project will know we have been working on this for some time. The project is all done in our spare time, for free and for the sheer joy of pushing the boundaries of photogrammetry. The game changer has been the introduction of UWIS and underwater GPS. To keep the Read more about A Snapshot in Time[…]

Accuracy Defined?

Underwater GPS meets Photogrammetry For a while we have been using GPS located cameras to construct highly accurate models of defensive structures known as pillboxes. Fixing a camera position above the waves is straightforward enough and you can build representative models without additional scale bars or measurements if the GPS signal is accurate. The problems Read more about Accuracy Defined?[…]

Photogrammetry Training

Time to Train For those who want to know more, Simon Brown of Deep3D is holding a photogrammetry training course. Organised in conjunction with Tim Clements and Vobster Quay Inland Diving the three day course will run from the 11th to the 13th of May. Three days discovering the basics of photogrammetry, discussion about cameras and Read more about Photogrammetry Training[…]

Drain the Pirate City

Pirate Port in the Press Published in this month’s BSAC SCUBA magazine is a four page account of how Jamaica’s Port Royal was scanned on behalf of MSP/National Geographic/Discovery Canada for the production of Drain the Sunken Pirate City. The programme now being broadcast on National Geographic Channel here in the UK. Port Royal is Read more about Drain the Pirate City[…]

Can We Take a Closer Look?

Deadlines and Detail Having masses of data is a double edged sword. Too little and your images won’t align or your models lack definition. Too much and processing time jumps exponentially. Its always a balancing act between a desire for detailed models and the time available. When The Thistlegorm Project team decided to launch the website on Read more about Can We Take a Closer Look?[…]

Bolt in the Bay – P47-D Crash Site

Background A few years back Grahame Knott of Deeper Dorset found the dispersed remains of an aircraft in Weymouth Bay. Over the years pieces of the jigsaw have come together, with pieces of information as diverse as component part numbers and an entry in the Portland War Diary (Held at the National Archives)  all adding up to Read more about Bolt in the Bay – P47-D Crash Site[…]

Project Thistlegorm – The Processing Begins

The Project The SS Thistlegorm is rated a world class wreck dive. But only a tiny fraction of the world can don SCUBA and pay the wreck a visit, so the Universities of Nottingham, Ain Shams and Alexandria have collaborated to digitally record the heritage beneath the waves. Funding for this work has been provided by Read more about Project Thistlegorm – The Processing Begins[…]

The Art of DEM

The Art of DEM For some reason, I am drawn to Digital Elevation Models (DEM). They express so much information in such an elegant way. Their creation does require embedding GPS data, but thats almost a given these days as its a straightforward exercise pulling points out of sonar. In simple terms, a DEM is Read more about The Art of DEM[…]

Geo Referencing the UB 116

Earlier this week Kevin Heath of Sula Diving kindly towed his side scan sonar fish past the remains of the UB 116, generating a very clear image of the wreck site: Relating the Model to the Planet With the GPS positions recorded in the sonar we can now extract a few key points and add them to Read more about Geo Referencing the UB 116[…]