The Hydrous has been a major innovator in photogrammetry with support from Autodesk in the use of their ReMake software. These models are representations of living corals, made by stitching together photographs. This method allows us to measure and share coral reefs in a compelling and non-destructive way.
The Hydrous team creates high resolution digital models of corals for research and visualization. Using just a camera and software, we non-invasively model a living coral underwater and produce accurate and interactive 3D models.
3D prints of digital models create compelling art work as well as objects that are available for scientific study. The Hydrous is currently experimenting printing in calcium carbonate to demonstrate the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs.
In collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., we are digitizing collections so they are readily available for study by scientists and investigations by the general public.
Learn how to conduct underwater photogrammetry with our guide.
The Hydrous is experimenting with reality capture at larger scales, including reef swaths (video below is an area of 10m x 10m) and entire islands, as seen in the video below (Pineapple Island, Maldives). Coupled with traditional data, we are able to tell a richer story of change to organisms and ecosystems over time.