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.