THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEEING AND EXPERIENCING.
From IMAX screens to ROV control room, SULIS is helping clients share a deeper understanding through higher resolution.
Never before have the Bulgarian waters of the Black Sea been investigated on this scale, and seen at this level of resolution. Maritime archaeology and marine geophysics will work together recording, dating and understanding the submerged cultural heritage of Bulgaria, contributing to our knowledge of the prehistoric and historic environmental record of human activity in this region
The researchers are using remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology to survey the seabed. The vehicles are optimized for high resolution sonar, 3D photography, and 4K video, using SULIS's 4K Ultra-high definition camera, SULIS Z70.
A collection of more than 40 shipwrecks have been discovered and inspected, many of which provide the first views of ship types never seen before. Among the wrecks are ships from the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, which provide new information on the communities on the Black Sea coast.
SULIS has integrated its latest 4K deepsea camera technology into SuBastian, the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) newly-built undersea robotic research vehicle, designed specifically as a tool for ocean science and exploration. The SULIS Z70 is used as the main science camera for piloting, guiding, observing, and non-invasive research, with all findings made public to foster a greater understanding of the world’s oceans.
SOI constantly receives proposals from the world’s leading marine scientists, who compete for the opportunity to carry out their research aboard the Institutes R/V Falkor. The Schmidt Ocean Institute was founded in 2009 by Alphabet Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, to support oceanographic research and technology development. They focus on accelerating the pace in ocean sciences with operational, technological, and informational innovations.
In mid-2013, researchers used Nereus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) hybrid underwater robotic vehicle, to explore the Cayman Trough, one of the deepest points in the Caribbean Sea.
Led by WHOI, the expedition was carried out aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Falkor. It included international scientists from Woods Hole, British Geological Survey, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Prior to the highly successful expedition, SULIS worked with WHOI engineers to integrate DEEPSEA CHALLENGERS’s full-ocean depth camera technology onto Nereus, significantly improving the vehicle’s imaging capabilities for the Cayman expedition. This technological effort was part of a larger project, involving the transfer of DEEPSEA CHALLENGER technology to WHOI, of which SULIS was also heavily involved.
In 2012, deepsea explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, in partnership with National Geographic, led the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition, taking a team of engineers, scientists, educators, and journalists to the greatest depths of the ocean. After years of preparation, the team went to the bottom of Mariana Trench, the deepest place on the planet.
Along with breaking several depth records, the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE team validated an extensive array of new deepsea vehicle technology in a series of dives that lead to the discovery of 68 new species.
Prior to founding SULIS, Adam Gobi served as one of the lead engineers, responsible for the creation of the submersible’s cameras and imaging systems, ready for IMAX. Gobi and his team designed and constructed the entire imaging pathway of the vehicle, including internal and external cameras, control software, display, and recording. This included the creation of the world’s first full ocean depth, 11km-rated, HD 3D, and 4K-capable camera systems.