The world’s most ambitious and advanced survey of the world-famous ship Titanic have begun! It is scientists from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute that have started a survey of the ship in a new way. They will use computer imaging, high-definition video and with this material they are planning to create the site of the Titanic in 3D and make it available to the public on the Internet when the model is ready.

The pressure on the depth where Titanic have sunk is 400 times greater than on the surface of the Earth. Most previous expeditions have focused on getting artifacts from the ship as well as taking photographs on the ship’s stern and bow. Now with using the latest techniques the vast area that is Titanic today will be treated as an archaeological excavation which will bring enormous known and new information to the scientists and the public.

The expedition will also catalogue the enormous amount of artifacts that is scattered across the ocean floor and build a digital archive of objects from the ship.  Using the latest in sonar technology as well as probably using computer vision techniques like photogrammetry and motion from structure the scientists will try to record the whole site in a completely new way. This will not only be interesting for the public but also make the wreckage accessible for researchers around the world who now get the possibility to visit the whole site and in this way gain new valuable information.

Almost the best part is that in recording Titanic this way it will be with a non-destructive archaeology which makes the ship will still be there intact on the ocean floor for future generations.

This is a great and very important way to use different technology together with archaeology. Photogrammetry and motion from structure have been used for a few years but haven’t been tried at this depth. The outcome will be very interesting to see. It is great that the site also will remain intact but that archaeologists get a chance to get documentation anyway to gain new knowledge about what happened.

Read more about it and see some pictures here

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