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Autodesk & ReCap aim to map and preserve the USS Arizona battleship

Mitko Vidanovski
August 13, 2014

Underwater Captures

This December will mark the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A symbol of that attack has always been the U.S.S. Arizona, which almost 73 years later remains at the bottom of that shallow harbor, a memorial to the men who died there.


Today Autodesk is undertaking an amazing project to map and preserve the shipwreck that’s been sitting on the bottom of Pearl Harbor since December 7th, 1941.

“You’ve got a steel battleship that’s been in salt water for more than 70 years, odds are it’s not the same ship it was even ten years ago,” said Kelsey.

The mission; to digitally map every detail and bring the experience back to everyone visiting the memorial.

Autodesk makes all kinds of software used in architecture and movie special effects. But this time its equipment and expertise are being used in a three-year project to detail every aspect of the Arizona.

“Our objective was to make it highly accurate, a survey, ultimately a 3D model of the ship and the memorial that we can use a baseline, come back some years later, do the same thing again, overlay the model and look for changes,”

Autodesk is scanning the entire ship, the most comprehensive survey ever done and the first survey done in over 30 years.


Watch this inspiring video of the work being done so far.

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Mitko Vidanovski

Mitko Vidanovski is an author and manager of the Autodesk ReCap blog. A Master's Degree Architect who joined the Reality Solutions Team in 2012 helping Autodesk lift two new innovative products on the market ReCap and ReMake. He is responsible for leading the online community efforts, developing product analysis, and making pilot tests of new technologies involving 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry. Previous to Autodesk, Mitko worked in progressive environments such as Otherlab and Because We Can, where he gained experience in various fabrication technologies, such as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling.