National Geographic Features Fledermaus Users in ‘Drain The Ocean’ Show

Fledermaus Used as Analysis Tool for Users Credited in Show

National Geographic Features Fledermaus Users in ‘Drain The Ocean’ Show
Portsmouth, NH, August 13, 2009 --( Fledermaus technology was used in a National Geographic Channel show titled ‘Drain the Ocean’ which premiered on Sunday August 9.

‘Drain the Ocean’ uses 3D animation (also known as CGI animation) to reveal the world under the sea that many say rivals the diversity of the rainforests on land. Even though only 5% of the ocean has been currently mapped and charted, National Geographic uses the information that is available to explore the vast mysteries underwater -from the vast Mid Oceanic Ridge to ocean depths that reach nearly 12,000 feet.

A video posted on the IVS 3D website, courtesy of the National Geographic Channel, features survey analysis performed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Scientists there are now able to examine an incredible underwater cannon that measures 300 miles long with recorded depths of up to 1 mile.

Additonal video posted on the IVS 3D website depicts the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab (HURL), with their researchers using Fledermaus technology to fly through an interactive 3D scene where a newly discovered seamount, or underwater volcano, is explored under the ocean near Hawaii.

The show also explores strange structures below the ocean's surface off the island of Oahu, which may provide evidence of an explosion of colossal proportions. HURL also uses Fledermaus to explore this massive landslide, and learn more about the possible implications of this discovery.

Bill McKernan, VP of Sales and Marketing for IVS 3D, commented on the show. "It is very exciting for us to see how our clients use our software to pursue scientific discovery and analysis of the ocean. Fledermaus provides them the means to demonstrate highly refined sonar data and helps them to explore vast areas of the ocean floor that were previously inaccessible to researchers.”

Other licensed Fledermaus clients are credited consultants from the National Geographic Channel. Some of the Fledermaus licensed organizations that are credited contributors to the show include; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, as well as the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Additional airings of the show on the National Geographic channel are scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th at 9pm, Wednesday August 12th at 12am, Sunday August 16th at 2pm, and Tuesday August 18th at 5pm. To learn more about the show highlights, or have a show time reminder sent to you for the next airing visit the National Geographic Channel website.

Interactive Visualization Systems' (IVS3D) was founded in 1995 as the developer of the Fledermaus 3D visualization and analysis software suite. Government, commercial and academic clients in all areas of ocean mapping use the software internationally.

The Fledermaus software stands apart in providing scientists and engineers with interactive and intuitive tools for processing, quality control and analysis of multibeam sonar and related data. Its use significantly improves efficiencies in areas such as; nautical charting, geologic interpretation, the assessment of seabed habitats, planning routes for pipelines and cables, and the identification of geohazards during engineering development.

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Carole Mahoney