ROV Workshops on Beautiful IslandsOctober 11 2015
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Friday the 16th, we were finally able to pool-test the ROV's and they worked great! The beach was kinda tough to launch from, as swell was a little high near the shore and visibility was not very good that day. After I left, they went onto a boat and properly launched the ROV's into a reef!
Sly Lee, from the Hydro.us project, who was leading the 3D scanning workshop, brought his aerial drone and got some amazing shots, like this one, while we had divers down with tanks at Menjangan natl. park, do document the reef there. The reef there was the nicest I've ever seen, personally!
This trip to Bali entailed several workshops including: Building + Operating an OpenROV kit, Free / Scuba diving to photograph corals, and creating 3D structures from those photographs. The participants learned quite a bit about coral reefs, their importance in the ecosystem as well as the cutting edge technology people are using to document and study them.
Much of this week-long trip was a learning experience for everybody involved, even the instructors.