What: Validate Autodesk 123D Catch as a tool for coral reef monitoring research
Where: Key West & Key Largo, Florida, USA
When: February-June 2012
A discovery made in February (conceived by Mike Gemmell, Pete Kelsey, Daryl Bookout, and Mike Maibach and validated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography PhD candidate Ben Neal) is that Autodesk 123D Catch works underwater. This very cool and free software allows anyone with a digital camera to take photos of any object, upload the photos to the cloud and voila, a 3D model is the result. Originally designed as a terrestrial tool, the team became interested to see if it would work with underwater cameras – which it does. Furthermore the workflow has been validated by Scripps. Scripps says it could revolutionize the way coral reefs are monitored. Pretty exciting stuff.