How NVIDIA helped 3D researchers bring naval history to life

Museumgoers will be able to explore two sunken WWII ships as if they were scuba divers on the ocean floor, thanks to work at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Exhibits in development, for display in Australia and potentially further afield, will use exquisitely detailed 3D models the researchers are creating to tell the story of one of the nation’s greatest naval battles. NVIDIA technology has a key role.

On November 19, 1941, Australia’s HMAS Sydney (II) and Germany’s HSK Kormoran lobbed hundreds of shells in a duel that lasted less than an hour. More than 700 died, including every sailor on the Sydney. Both ships sank to 8,000 feet, 130 miles off the coast of Western Australia, not to be discovered for decades.

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