100 Years Ago Today – The Sinking of U.B.116

Last Roll of the Dice At 23:32hrs on the28th of October 1918 the Flotta Mining Hut triggered the remotely controlled minefield that guarded Hoxa Sound, thus sealing the fate of the submarine U.B.116 and her crew. U.B.116 had departed Heligoland early on the morning of the 25th with orders to attack the Royal Navy base Read more about 100 Years Ago Today – The Sinking of U.B.116[…]

Scapa Flow – The Results

3D Work in Scapa At least once a year we take the long drive north to Orkney and Scapa Flow for a week of diving onboard the MV Valkryie. The Flow has been used as a military base during both world wars and the German High Seas Fleet was interred and scuttled there in 1919. Read more about Scapa Flow – The Results[…]

DEMS – Another View

Slope Analysis As we have discussed before Digital Elevation Models help us understand subtle changes in depth (or height) of the subject. We also think they are art in their own right. Tucked away in the 1.4 release of Agisoft Photoscan Pro is a preference that adds slope analysis. The colours applied to the model Read more about DEMS – Another View[…]

Photoscan 1.4 – Importing Video

Freeze Frame Until now converting video into still photographs required a piece of third party software. Since the release of Agisoft Photoscan 1.4 the ability to import video directly has been added. It was time to investigate and see what this function offered us. With enough light to warm the ocean and a housed digital SLR camera Read more about Photoscan 1.4 – Importing Video[…]

Let There Be Light

In the Beginning… In our temperate northern waters there is a lack of light. The very thing that underwater photogrammetry needs is often in short supply and light is like a drug. You always want more. Underwater photographers get around the limits of natural light with flash guns or video lights and these generally work Read more about Let There Be Light[…]

Recent News – Maps and Mags

Sketchfab Maps The previous update discussed  how Sketchfab labs had started to test the waters with geo locating 3D models. One limitation for those of us who work with underwater photogrammetry was precise location. When generating the tagging code all we could was get close and there was no way to enter precise longitude and latitude coordinates. Read more about Recent News – Maps and Mags[…]

Photscan 1.4 Beta – Animation

A New Version Our friends at Agisoft have released a beta edition of Photoscan Pro 1.4. With all releases there will be some additions that get our pulses racing. Animation is one such feature. Having the ability to quickly create simple short videos of our models has been on our wish list for a while. With the latest Read more about Photscan 1.4 Beta – Animation[…]

Photogrammetry Measurement and Scale

A Pretty Blob Photogrammetry is an excellent way to capture the world around us. Anyone can get involved and explore a subject that might otherwise be out of reach. The underwater world is such a place and with just 0.5% of the population able to dive bringing a shipwreck to the surface in digital 3D Read more about Photogrammetry Measurement and Scale[…]

Gone But Not Forgotten.

Gone Late last week a tanker in Weymouth Bay managed to snag a torpedo on its anchor. Royal Navy divers from the Southern Diving Unit dealt with the problem torpedo and a link to the full story is here. The torpedo in question is almost certainly one of Grahame Knott’s Deeper Dorset finds. The torpedo Read more about Gone But Not Forgotten.[…]

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?[…]