Are ROVs The New VIP?: Developing A Supplemental Method For Recording Shipwrecks

Author(s): Katherine L Clevenger

Year: 2017


This paper highlights the benefits of utilizing low-cost remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to photograph and record video footage of several shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Using such methods, data can be used to create photogrammetric models and orthomosaics of wreck sites, which can then facilitate the creation of scaled, two-dimensional digital site plans. In comparing digital site plans to those produced using traditional mapping techniques, it is possible to determine the accuracy of the site plans created from photogrammetric models and improve or adjust data-collecting techniques if needed. Through the use of ROV technology, time spent collecting data in the field is significantly lowered compared to traditional underwater mapping techniques. This methodology is not only applicable to easily accessible shipwrecks, but also to deepwater wrecks or those located in remote areas where diving is logistically challenging.

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Are ROVs The New VIP?: Developing A Supplemental Method For Recording Shipwrecks. Katherine L Clevenger. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435445)

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