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Deep Wrecks in 3D: AUV and ROV Laser and Sonar Scans of Deepwater Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico

Author(s): Robert Church ; Daniel Warren ; Robert Westrick

Year: 2015

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Summary

In 2013 and 2014, C&C Technologies, Inc. joined a multidisciplinary team to examine the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deepwater shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.  One of the primary components for C&C’s focus within this team was to collect AUV and ROV mounted 3D laser and sonar data of the wreck sites.  The shipwrecks ranged in date and type from nineteenth century wooden sailing vessels to twentieth century steel hull military and commercial vessels.  The water depths of these sites range from 470 to 4,890 feet below sea level.  The 3D data, with up to 5 mm of resolution, provides not only a highly accurate representation of each site but also a base line for long term monitoring of site changes and degradation.


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Deep Wrecks in 3D: AUV and ROV Laser and Sonar Scans of Deepwater Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Church, Daniel Warren, Robert Westrick. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433810)


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3D Deepwater Laser


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 283

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America