National Park Service, Autodesk carry out digital survey of USS Arizona and...

National Park Service, Autodesk carry out digital survey of USS Arizona and Memorial

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US: In honour of US military veterans, the National Park Service (NPS) and Autodesk recently hosted a press conference to unveil preliminary results from the first comprehensive survey of the USS Arizona and Memorial and its resulting 3D models.

National Park Service, Autodesk carry out digital survey of USS Arizona and Memorial

A 3D digital representation by NPS and Autodesk created with minimum disturbance to the ship.

Scheduled to be completed later this year, the survey will provide the public with a more detailed view and understanding of this historic site while contributing to the ship’s ongoing preservation. Autodesk and NPS hope to create a 3D model of the USS Arizona in its entirety by the end of this year.

Approximately 900 remains of the 1,777 officers, sailors and Marines killed still remain inside the USS Arizona; therefore any work done on the ship must be done with extreme care and sensitivity. With this in mind, the NPS is leading the effort to create a 3D digital representation, while minimising any disturbance to the ship. NPS has employed Autodesk’s reality computing technology, underwater photogrammetry, subsea LiDAR, high-resolution SONAR, and above water laser scanning to conduct investigation and analysis without disturbing the ship.

Other organisations involved in the survey include: HDR, Sam Hirota, Oceanic Imaging Consultants, 3DatDepth, Shark Marine Technologies, United States Coast Guard, and the US Navy Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One.

Source: Autodesk