This Wednesday, December 7, 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. To mark the day, PBS has produced a remarkable documentary called "Inside the Arizona" that goes behind the scenes of the ongoing exploration and documentation of the USS Arizona with the National Park Service, Autodesk, veterans, and partners.
"Pearl Harbor - Inside the Arizona" includes rare interviews with survivors who are now in their 80's and 90's. In one scene, Autodesk's Strategic Projects Executive Pete Kelsey presents the 3D modeled USS Arizona to survivor Don Stratton. What does Don say?
In August 2016, the team returned to the Arizona with an important new tool in their kit: a special auto-coiling ROV. This will allow them to investigate the second and third decks for the first time. What they find inside is not only of historic significance, but an indication of the conditions in those rooms including the oxygen levels. This information could have an impact on the rate of degradation of the ship on a level-by-level basis. What do they find? You'll have to watch to find out!
The data acquired from these dives is then fed into ReMake, which has created several models over the various missions. The ReMake models allow the National Park Service scientists to overlay one mission with another to determine the changes to the ship over time.
"Autodesk ReMake is a vital part of the technical solution for the USS Arizona project. We went from SONAR and LiDAR data capture to Autodesk ReCap. Then to ReMake to prepare the data for 3D printing." says Autodesk's Strategic Projects Executive Pete Kelsey, " We set out to create a baseline dataset that future surveys could be measured against forever. We did that and now, thanks to ReMake and an additional survey we did in August of 2016 we can compare the 2014 and 2016 meshes in ReMake and identify change. A huge bonus for the National Park Service who cares for this historic site."
The ReMake team is honored to be part of this remarkable endeavor that has touched the lives of thousands, and aims to continue to be an educational, historical, and scientific tool for years to come.
A 3D printed model of the USS Arizona can be viewed in the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.