HMCS Protector was the only boat in South Australia’s navy for much fo the time before federation.
We have a great project with the SA Maritime Museum to develop technologies for making 3D models of objects from historic photos, and much of the work centres on the Protector. There are in fact a number of historical photos of the boat, but each one is in a different location, and with a different camera. More interestingly, the shape of the boat changes over time too.
As part of the project I went to Heron Island, where Protector is now a breakwater, to capture some footage to make models from.
I’ve put some of the models we’ve made thus far on youtube.
The new ACVT web site is up and running here.
It has a blog, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with this one now, but I guess I’ll see how it pans out.
The ACVT has been successful in attracting a Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program award from the Federal Government and DSTO.
The award supports the development of a technology demonstrator based on ACVT’s existing capabilities in in content-based image retrieval. Content-based image retrieval allows large image databases to be searched on the basis of the images themselves. It means that you can use images to search for images. If you have a picture of what you’re looking for, you can retrieve all of the similar images out of the database.
The effect of the capability is that it allows a small number of people to search a vast database of images for the content they are interested. The alternative is really just that they look at random images hoping to find something.
There’s a story about it in the Australian.