Decimating the Model – the V83

Scapa Processing Continues What seems like an age ago we were in Scapa Flow diving from the good ship MV Valkyrie. Some of the models were completed on board – like the discovery of a German Pinnace whereas others such as the UB 116 took a little longer. Near the end of the list of wrecks to process is the Read more about Decimating the Model – the V83[…]

Tidal Streams and Photogrammetry

A New Target Last week The Shipwreck Project surveyed and confirmed another sonar target. Before diving and upholding a long-held Project ritual, the lump was christened “The Block Of Cheese” on account of what it looked like on the sonar. Here’s a screen grab of what we were looking at: The Scan The target was quickly confirmed Read more about Tidal Streams and Photogrammetry[…]

Updated – the UB 116 & Builders Plans

Error Correction Time Its time to confess a small but significant mistake when annotating the 3D model of the UB 116:- It turns out I had labelled the bowplanes incorrectly, for a check of the builders plan shows their shape as matching hydroplanes. And as any good submarine nerd knows, bowplanes are at the pointy Read more about Updated – the UB 116 & Builders Plans[…]

Photogrammetry – Managing the Data

How much? Photogrammetry produces a lot of data. Here’s a walk-through of the kind of volume needed to create the High Seas Fleet pinnace found last month in Scapa Flow:- Volume of data by event From beginning to end we have:- Dive – 598 RAW files = 15.32Gb Initial processing – 598 derived JPEG images Read more about Photogrammetry – Managing the Data[…]

Changing Wrecks – Which Version?

Things Change Shipwrecks are not static, unchanging places. As age, tide and corrosion take their toll things settle into the seabed. Prior to photography, and more recently photogrammetry, the changes would go unrecorded. But as those of us who dive the SMS Karlsruhe regularly, it is no longer possible to recreate this image as shot Read more about Changing Wrecks – Which Version?[…]

A New Wreck Discovery!

Deep3D are long-time supporters of Weymouth-based The Shipwreck Project, a group dedicated to finding and researching shipwrecks in the English Channel. Over the years of involvement Deep3D have dived quite a few previously unseen targets, some that have turned out to be junk, and some that have been a historical jackpot. Target diving and site recording Read more about A New Wreck Discovery![…]

The Heart of Gold & UB 116

Deep3D were back in the wreck diving spiritual homeland of Scapa Flow last week, sleeping, eating and diving from the MV Valkyrie for 6 days of cold water fun. The majority of the wrecks of Scapa Flow date from the First World War and are very big subjects indeed.  Previous experience teaches us that scanning large subjects can be exhausting Read more about The Heart of Gold & UB 116[…]

NDAC Orthophoto

Over the last week the NDAC model grew a little bit, with the BaE 146 aircraft joining the overall site (Thanks Marcus!). An updated model will be published soon. GPS Data Other progress included adding GPS data, using Google Earth to glean the latitude and longitude of the various buoys that mark the attractions. Depth was taken Read more about NDAC Orthophoto[…]

The NDAC Diver Attractions Model

Regular visitors to the News section may remember that Simon Brown (Deep3D) and Marcus Blatchford had a very informal project running to map as much of the National Diving & Activity Centre as they could. If you want to read more about how the model was created, do please read on. But if the model is all you Read more about The NDAC Diver Attractions Model[…]

Digital Elevation Models Revisited

The Model Digital Elevation Models (DEM) are one of the outputs photogrammetry delivers. They are (almost) free, as long as you have GPS data (Latitude, longitude and depth) for known points then orientating and generating a view of the undulations of the scan is straightforward. The SS Gwladmena was scanned back in August 2016. At Read more about Digital Elevation Models Revisited[…]