Local South Jersey Firm Using Digital Technology to Document Historic Battleship New Jersey

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Haag 3D Solutions and Leica Geosystems will digitally document our nation’s largest battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, using HDS documentation. These 3D results will be used as a historical record, for maintenance, and educational purposes.

On Tuesday, August 19th, the local South Jersey geospatial services firm Haag 3D Solutions, LLC, a division of Haag Engineering, in conjunction with precision measurement solutions company Leica Geosystems, will digitally document our nation’s largest battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, on the Camden Waterfront, New Jersey. The all-volunteer project is being undertaken in preparation for the September 10th meeting of the West Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors, which will be held on the Battleship.

HDS Documentation is a combination of 3D laser scanning, high dynamic range photography and standard survey techniques. The 3D laser scanner collects millions of individual data points, creating a 3D “point cloud.” The point clouds can be used to create highly accurate 2D and 3D representations and, when coupled with high dynamic range photography, photorealistic 3D models and virtual experiences that provide a compelling historical record.

This massive effort will require four scanning teams which will use Leica ScanStation HDS laser scanners to complete the project. An additional crew has been assigned to concentrate documentation efforts on the interior of the five-story number two gun turret, which was only just recently opened to visitors as a new tour. Portions of the number two gun turret are still difficult to access.

The results of the HDS Documentation will be used by the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial as a historical record and for ongoing maintenance and educational purposes. There is also the potential to create a virtual tour for veterans and other individuals who might be unable to tour the physical battleship.

“We are very excited about this opportunity. Never before has the battleship been documented this accurately,” said Jack Willard, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Sales at the Battleship New Jersey. “Using this new technology will give us the opportunity to really showcase the number two gun turret, featured in our newest premium tour, the Turret II Experience, with three-dimensional views and cross sections never before seen.”

Haag 3D Solutions, LLC, is a technology and services company specializing in the application of 3D imaging and BIM technologies to deliver highly accurate and reliable as-built documentation for both public and private sector clients. Having completed hundreds of 3D laser scanning and BIM assignments throughout North America, the Haag 3D Solutions team has gained a uniquely practical familiarity with 3D laser scanning technology and processes and offers real solutions to a variety of measurement and physical documentation tasks. Each year, Haag 3D Solutions selects one non-profit historical structure to document for the public. Last year, the Historic Barclay Farmstead in Cherry Hill, NJ was laser scanned and documented by Haag 3D Solutions.

Christopher Zmijewski, Vice President of Haag 3D Solutions, said, “Our firm is dedicated to reaching out and providing our technology and experience to the community we live in. Having the Battleship New Jersey in our backyard provides a unique opportunity to completely scan the ship. We recognize how HDS Documentation technology can be used to enhance future visitor and educational experiences, while documenting the ship as the engineering marvel she is.”

“For more than a decade, Leica Geosystems’ High Definition Survey scanners have been used to accurately capture the geometry of large and compelling structures,” said Frank Lenik, technical sales representative for Leica Geosystems. “Leica Geosystems is pleased that our scanning solutions will be used to capture the historic Battleship New Jersey for the long-term benefit of the public and the ship’s custodians.”

About Leica Geosystems (http://www.leica-geosystems.us)
With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, value, and superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by 3,500+ employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.

About the Battleship New Jersey (http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org)
Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from Philadelphia, the Battleship is open every day for tours from 9:30am to 5pm. Explore the Turret II Experience, which now features a Walk Down Broadway! Hoist projectiles, load powder bags, plot a firing solution, even pull the trigger that fires the legendary 16-inch guns! Guided Turret II tours launch every day at 11am and 1pm. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

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