For the past five years, 3deep Media have led the field of modelling shipwrecks and other underwater sites in 3D. We have skills required for the digital 3D modelling itself, but more importantly the experience and knowledge of ship construction and wreck decomposition. Since the company was founded we have worked on projects across the world, working for some of the top archaeological organisations including NOAA and the Nautical Archaeological Society.
Our work has been praised not just for the stunning visuals we create, but also its accuracy and quality as an archaeological resource.
We work with whatever resources are available when developing our digital 3D models, whether its underwater photos and videos, historic photos, shipwrights plans, diver sketches or sonar data. Our general rule is: 'the more resources the better'. The larger the quantity and quality of reference material we have, the more accurate and detailed the models and 3D tours will be.
If you are still at the planning stages for documenting a wreck, we are happy to act as consultants and advise you as to the best processes for collecting the data, or join you in the field (or ocean) to assist the process and model the wrecks in real time.
If resources are limited, we will make do with whatever is available to produce the most accurate model to the standard required.
Every shipwreck or dive site is uniquely different and each present their own challenges. In general, the quantity and the quality of the resources available dictate the amount of time required and therefore the cost.
As with the nature of this type of work, unpredictable weather, underwater visibility and other factors can make collecting detailed resources a challenge and working with vague resources requires more time for development.
However, we can offer a variety of deliverables that cover all sizes of budget, from simple 2D renders of wrecks, through to interactive 3D tours and even game-engine based 3D diving simulations.
Using a map and compass (whether on-land or underwater) may seem like the most effective way of navigating. However, theory now suggests that the most successful navigators are actually navigating from memory using visual landmarks. Our interactive 3D shipwreck tours offer a vast amount of visual information. By engaging with and using these resources, divers create memorable visual landmarks in their minds, which they subconsciously recall during a dive, using the visual clues to navigate around a wreck.
The process of recording and presenting archaeological data has often been in a static or two dimensional format. Whilst suitable for publishing / presenting with peers, it has limited engagement with the general public. Often project funding is linked with some aspect of public outreach, showing the masses what their funding has been used towards. Our 3D systems are an exciting and engaging way to display archaeological data, which fulfills the public outreach criteria as well as creating a popular topic for sharing around social media.
There are thousands of travel destinations around the world for divers to choose from. Having an interactive asset either on your website or at a trade show can make you stand out from the crowd and get people excited about diving a certain location or region as a whole. Our 3D tours are also great planning tools for dive centers to use, either as an interactive tour or as high resolution printed posters which add value to a customers experience.