ATLANTA, April 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic, the world's largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg off the coast of the North Atlantic. Now 107 years later, RMS Titanic, Inc., an affiliate of Experiential Media Group, and the Salvor-In-Possession of RMS Titanic and its wreck site, will continue its commitment to preserving the legacy of the Ship and the memories of those on board.  

A new partnership, between Marine Imaging Technologies (Marine Imaging), Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab (AIVL) of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and RMS Titanic, Inc. (RMST) will bring the most advanced scientific research and site management plan to the RMS Titanic wreck site. 

This partnership establishes the RMS Titanic Survey Data Scientific Study Center, where advanced and newly refined research methodologies including underwater 3D imaging will lead to the clearest and most comprehensive data collected to date. In addition, the group will work with maritime heritage archeologists to draft management strategies for preserving the wreck site and deliver new ways of viewing RMS Titanic through documentary and museum films, virtual reality (VR), simulator rides, and museum exhibitions. 

“No one entity has done more to continue to preserve the legacy of RMS Titanic than RMS Titanic, Inc.,” said Dr. David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at Experiential Media Group. “This scientific collaboration not only signifies the next chapter in RMS Titanic’s story but continues our renewed commitment to provide the most technologically advanced and comprehensive research of the wreck site.  Years of thorough study, dedication and thoughtful collaborations have allowed us to make clear and careful steps towards protecting RMS Titanic for future generations.”

To date, AIVL at WHOI has compiled and processed survey data from RMS Titanic expeditions in 1985, 1986, 1991, 2005, and 2010. This unique, comprehensive data set will further the understanding of structural and environmental changes to the RMS Titanic site over various time periods since its sinking. In addition, this expedition survey data, when combined with RMST’s already impressive collection of imagery from multiple expeditions to the RMS Titanic site, will provide a deeper understanding of the site at the time of discovery and add to the forensic time series of study.

In order to facilitate analysis and study of the RMS Titanic site, AIVL and Marine Imaging have applied newly refined methods, including underwater 3D photogrammetric volumetric imaging, to the existing data sets. The 3D volumetric models they produced are derived from AIVL’s precision 3D survey systems that were conducted during prior expeditions to the site.

AIVL and Marine Imaging have also created the very first 2D and 3D motion videos of the wreck site at resolutions greater than HD, including UDHDTV (4K) and 8K (IMAX) resolutions. These videos allow for the first time true high-resolution wide area images of the wreck not before possible. These motion videos can be made into 2D, 3D, panoramic and VR production formats for future release to the public.

“The advent of 3D photogrammetric volumetric modeling merged with LIDAR is the biggest change to our visualizing of deep ocean features and shipwrecks in many decades,” said William Lange, director of AIVL. “This new method of exploration not only improves our scientific view of the seafloor but allows us to easily share these views with the general public.”

“This new RMS Titanic leadership team offers a comprehensive approach to monitoring the Ship while engaging the global community in our efforts,” said Alexandra Klingelhofer, Vice President of Collections for Experiential Media Group. “Our objective is simple: to utilize the most up to date oceanographic and scientific data, for historical verification, scientific education and public awareness. This collaboration further solidifies these objectives while providing the most up to date records to protect the RMS Titanic wreck site. In addition, this data will help support a broader set of research initiatives related to the current state of deep-sea environments.”

Video File - Boiler B

HD Version. 
https://vimeo.com/330255618

4K Version. PW Boiler2019. 
https://vimeo.com/330257297

HD and UHDTV Video created from an interactive 3D volumetric optical photogrammetric model created by AIVL-WHOI/Experiential Media Group. This interactive model was created from 2D and 3D optical imagery collected at the RMS Titanic wreck site in 2010. The video is an example of the type of underwater wide area 3D optical reconstructions can be created using these new techniques and methods. RMS Titanic’s “B” Boiler is approximately 7 meters or two stories tall.

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Still frame image of Titanic's "B" Boiler. This still image was extracted from an interactive 3D volumetric optical photogrammetric model created by AIVL-WHOI/Experiential Media Group. RMS Titanic’s “B” Boiler is approximately 7 meters or two stories tall.

Image 1 is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/ea3783ec-a7ce-4896-ad9e-cecea2656223

About Experiential Media Group/ RMS Titanic, Inc.

RMS Titanic, Inc. (RMST) a subsidiary of Premier Acquisition Holdings LLC and an affiliate of Experiential Media Group, serves as the exclusive steward of RMS Titanic which tragically sank on April 15, 1912. The Company is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Ship, wreck site and all her passengers and crew. Since 1987, RMST has honorably conducted eight research expeditions to the wreck of RMS Titanic exclusively recovering and conserving more than 5500 artifacts. Utilizing these recovered objects in concert with scientific data and historical research, RMST brings to the general public the celebrated and moving experience Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. RMS Titanic, Inc. is committed to engaging the global community in RMS Titanic’s story. www.rmstitanic.net  

About Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) develops and operates innovative deep-sea imaging and telemetry systems for use in remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, diver-operated systems, as well as deep-diving human-occupied vehicles. AIVL’s precision imaging systems have been used all around the world in everything from underwater scientific and archaeological surveys to high-altitude animal health assessments and the documentation of rocket launches. In addition to supporting the scientific community, the imagery collected has been used for educational exhibits in numerous museums, science centers and repurposed for various television and film programs.

About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. For more information, please visit www.whoi.edu.

About Marine Imaging Technologies

Marine Imaging Technologies (Marine Imaging) designs and creates the technology necessary to capture mesmerizing and thought provoking imagery above and below the water. The company was founded by creative professionals and passionate engineers who share the desire to protect the oceans by reaching the core of what makes us human—telling stories and sharing emotions. The vision, imagination, and skills inherent in the team have led to pioneering technology used to inspire and help explain our underwater world.  marineimagingtech.com

Media Contact:
Experiential Media Group/RMS Titanic, Inc.
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Media@whoi.edu

Marine Imaging Technologies, LLC
Evan Kovacs
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evan@marineimagingtech.com