Did you know that 3dMB are also able to perform photogrammetry underwater?
Thats right, in addition to using remotely piloted aircraft, 3dMB are also able to carry out underwater operations. We are qualified HSE commercial divers able to use both open circuit scuba and closed circuit rebreathers.
A project Marcus has been involved in is scanning the “Ghost Fleet” of Truk Lagoon. The project is the brain child of Pete Mesley of Lust4Rust . The project intention is to:
a) Scan all the wrecks that lay on the bottom of the lagoon to create a baseline of their condition
b) Repeat the scans over time to compare the degradation
In addition to preserving the wrecks digitally for evermore, the project can assist experts to judge how long these wrecks have before their structure fails and they leak huge amounts of oil into the local ecosystem.
The project started in November 2019 when the team scanned:
San Francisco Maru 117m long at 62m depth
Nippo Maru 107m long at 50m depth
Rio de Janeiro Maru 140m long at 33m depth
Amagisan Maru 136m long at 55m depth
Hoki Maru 136m long at 50m depth
Aikoku Maru 117m long (wreck is shorter) at 65m depth
IJN Oite 102m long (split in 2) at 62m depth
Gosei Mari 82m long at 37m depth
IJN I-169 102m at 43m depth
Mitsubishi G4M3 “Betty” bomber aircraft at 12m
Nakajima C6N “Myrt” reconnaissance aircraft at 10m
Nakajima B6N “Jill” torpedo aircraft at 35m depth
COVID has unfortunately put the project field work on hold however the processing continues. Here is a short trailer for the project.
Truk Wreck Baseline ProjectOver the past 5 years the rate of deterioration and collapse of these World War II wrecks has created a lot of concern. It is also estimated that large amounts of oil are still in the holds of these corroding ships. If this oil spills then it will not only cause major environmental damage but also affect the lives of most of the local people who rely on tourism.
Creating this baseline will help monitor the rate of decay and enable plans to be made to ensure the future of Truk Lagoon as the location of the world’s best wreck diving!
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For more info on 3dMB, please visit our website here: https://3dmb.uk
The project models are available to view here
You can also follow the projects Facebook page here