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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fourth Element launch 3D Wreck Maps

We’ve all experienced it at some time or another.
Jumping off the back of a boat and landing somewhere on the wreck, only to wonder exactly where we are and what we are looking at.
Guidebooks and drawings have been a big help, and there is nothing better than experience for helping to crack that problem.
But thanks to dive gear manufacturer Fourth Element, that may be a thing of the past.
Their new project has created 3D maps of some major wrecks, giving divers chance to explore some of the world's top dive sites from the comfort of their own homes.

Fourth Element has started the project with four well known wrecks, the Thistlegorm, the James Eagan Layne and the Um El Faroud, The fourth wreck, the San Francisco Maru was documented and recorded by Team Divers Pete Mesley and Leigh Bishop, whilst leading the fourth element expedition to Truk Lagoon. The 3D visualisation of the San Francisco Maru is part of our wider Truk Lagoon project.

The interactive 3D wreck maps offer a vast amount of visual information allowing divers to create memorable visual landmarks in their minds giving them visual clues to navigate around a wreck.
The 3D models are carefully generated using precise architectural software, and transferred into rich media web applications to allow you to explore the wreck interactively. Photos are then plotted onto the maps along with labels to give the greatest level of information to divers.
Having dived the James Eagan Lane a number of times, it is fair to day the map provided me with the first complete understanding of the wreck.
Check out the site here.

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