Joe is founder of “3D seascapes” and is planning on finally bringing dive site mapping and underwater visualisations in Indonesia into the 21st century.
Joe travels with two small sonar units, one side scan and one vertical, which he can attach to the back of the dive tenders. As he criss-crosses the area to be surveyed the equipment emits sonic waves. These bounce off the seabed and back up to the receiver. With the bathymetric data he collects he is mapping the underwater terrain of Indonesia.
Being able to view a 3D image of our next dive site really enhanced our dive planning and execution. We were able to view a 3D model that we could move around and zoom in on making it much easier to navigate to specific highlights and explore a wider area in general.
Check out this example model which even includes 5 ’highlights’ of the site which you can add making the briefing relevent each time:
We used the 3D map of the rocks at Nuhawatu to plan a dive to check out the small pinnacles on the north side, finding colourful soft coral covered areas with schooling bannerfish, enormous surgeonfish and multiple species of sweetlips. Beautiful! Next time we are planning on visiting the much larger pinnacle on the north-west side, swell permitting!
Joe’s aim is to get a select few liveaboards to take part in the project so that with a combined effort we can map the majority of the dive destinations in Indonesia. Once the data has been collected he can create a variety of high resolution contour maps, Google Earth compatible relief charts and virtual reality HD videos. These can be used for destination promotion, conservation, marketing, and both hard copy and digital dive deck briefings.
Thanks Joe for sharing your vision. Surely this is the future of dive briefings….