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Voyis Underwater Technology Used to Digitally Recreate Endurance Ship

Using the Voyis Insight Pro laser scanner, the Endurance22 Expedition survey team will be able to accurately map the Endurance shipwreck By Phoebe Grinter / 14 Mar 2022
One of the first registers of the Endurance shipwreck

Now that the Endurance22 Expedition has located the wreck of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship which has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915, the search team is using Voyis’ advanced underwater technology to digitally recreate the Endurance and surrounding debris field. The company’s technology uses highly accurate 3D models, and crisp photography generated by its Insight Pro laser scanner, Observer Pro stills cameras, and Nova LED panels. 

The survey team will be able to accurately map the Endurance using the Voyis Insight Pro laser scanner. The system broadcasts the ultra-dense point cloud model in real-time to the crew, digitally building up the shipwreck as they ‘fly’ over the wreck with the Saab Sabertooth hybrid underwater search vehicle.

Photo, video and a laser pictures of Endurance22 displayed in the control room of the AUV on board of S.A.Agulhas II. 20220307, Esther Horvath

Working with the Insight Pro system on this expedition is the Observer Pro imaging system, a long range, highly sensitive digital stills camera, and two extremely high output Nova LED panels to deliver crisp, evenly illuminated stills images.

The Observer Pro imaging system provides gapless laser data with interlaced stills. Images taken by the Observer system are automatically color corrected using Voyis’ machine learning ‘True-Colour’ correction, an onboard improvement that replicates the exact color of the shipwreck if it were brought ashore, along with additional undistortion and light leveling algorithms to improve the image quality in real-time. Therefore, it will be possible to create photomosaics and photogrammetric models of the Endurance, to further compliment the highly accurate 3D point cloud model generated by the Insight Pro. 

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