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Two lost ships project

Researchers from Curtin University and the WA Museum have undertaken an extensive project to document, conserve and interpret the World War II shipwreck sites of the HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran for future generations.

Using the Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE) the researchers will recreate 3D models of the shipwrecks, which are 2.5 kilometres underwater, with the intention to create an exhibition for people to experience the wreck sites.

“Conservation management with┬ásuch an inaccessible site has its limitations, but documenting the sites is a very important first stage to be able to know… what you should do,” Dr Andrew Woods told 6PR’s Perth Tonight program.

“We took two underwater vehicles down and photographed the two sites in very fine detail.

“Over four days, we collected 700,000 images and around 300 hours of high-definition video.”