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Virtual ExploratioN of Underwater Sites

Objective

The VENUS project aims to provide a virtual exploration of deep underwater archaeological sites. Virtual exploration of our underwater environment will permit both experts and the general public to study interesting archaeological sites in a safe, cost-effective and pedagogical environment.

Precious underwater archaeological sites, for example shipwrecks, are continuously jeopardized by activities such as trawling that destroy the crucial surface layer of the site. The generation of a thorough and exhaustive 3D record of these wrecks consequently gains importance daily. These sites can never be experienced first hand by the majority of archaeologists or the general public: our project will provide a faithful accurate 3D immersive reconstruction of the site providing virtual access to all.

Our project is composed of five objectives:
Initially we will define a series of best practices and procedures for collecting and storing data in an efficient, economic and safe way from the underwater archaeological site.
Our second objective will be to survey wrecks, even deep, using AUVs / ROVs (Autonomous Underwater /Remotely Operated Vehicles) and various techniques of data acquisition (sonar + photogrammetry).
We will then provide archaeologists with software tools for signal, data and information processing and management. The generation of these tools is our third objective and will allow the extraction of digital models and management of confidence levels of the data collected from objective two.
Our fourth objective is to generate virtual reality and augmented reality tools for the immersive interaction and visualization of the models created in objective three. These tools will provide archaeologists with an improved insight into the data and the general public with simulated dives to the site.
Finally we will disseminate our results via a dedicated website and publications within the field of archaeology, sea exploration, photogrammetry and virtual reality.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
75794 Paris Cedex 16
France

Participants (10)

COMPAGNIE MARITIME D'EXPERTISES
France
Address
36 Boulevard Des Oceans
13009 Marseille 9E
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
Address
Christoph-probst-platz, Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
MINISTERE DE LA CULTURE ET DE LA COMMUNICATION
France
Address
3 Rue De Valois
75001 Paris Cedex 01
MINISTERIO DA CULTURA
Portugal
Address
Rua Dom Francisco Manuel De Melo, 15
1070-085 Lisboa
MINISTERO PER I BENI E LE ATTIVITA CULTURALI
Italy
Address
Via Del Collegio Romano 27
00186 Roma
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
UNIVERSITE D'EVRY-VAL D'ESSONNE
France
Address
Boulevard Francois Mitterand 23
91025 Evry
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
United Kingdom
Address
Cottingham Road
Hull
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
Address
Heslington Hall
York