The lab that produced the imaging is a workshop of College of Charleston students, on their spring break earlier this month.
The dozen-or-so students are the third group in the United States to be introduced to new coastal visualization and mapping software developed by QPS. The software combines data such as multi-beam imaging, sound velocity, GPS, even the pitch and heave of the ship, while taking readings. QPS staffers put on the workshop at no charge.
The software is enough of an advance that the raw data coming off the ship “could pass for finals on some data I’ve seen,” said Scott Harris, geology and environmental geo- sciences assistant professor.