Versar, Inc. Acquires Geo-Marine, Inc.
Versar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VSR) has acquired Geo-Marine, Inc., a business with more than $20 million in annual revenues. The purchase price was paid with a combination of cash and seller notes. Geo-Marine, headquartered in Plano, Texas, provides engineering design, construction management, environmental planning and programming, and other services in support of a wide range of government, industry, and commercial clients.
Three-dimensional (3D) laser scanners are a class of instruments that record very precise and accurate surface data of objects in a non-destructive manner. Based on LiDAR technology, these instruments use an infrared beam of light to calculate and record the distance to an object, typically as data points with spatial coordinates. Given the speed of these instruments, large numbers of data points can be collected quickly and at a high sampling interval, or density, across the surface of an object to create a highly accurate 3D digital model. Sometimes referred to as High Definition Survey (HDS), several types of 3D laser scanners exist to digitize objects of various sizes ranging from small diagnostic artifacts to large, complex sites of monumental architecture.
Since 2000, VersarGMI has utilized 3D laser scanning to quickly and accurately record archaeological sites, historic architecture, and artifacts as high definition 3D computer models. These models, in turn, can be used for a number of purposes including documentation, visualization, and analysis.
For more information on the application of 3D laser scanning to archaeology, historic preservation, cultural heritage studies, or cultural resources management, see VersarGMI’s 3D Laser Scanning Projects Portfolio and 3D Laser Scanning for CRM or contact Christopher Goodmaster, 3D Laser Scanning Specialist.
Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park is located in south-central Alberta, Canada. The park protects the largest concentration of native rock art on the Great Plains.
VersarGMI was subcontracted by the Royal Alberta Museum to conduct a small test of the feasibility of using a laser scanner device to record petroglyphs at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. Fieldwork was conducted over two days by a combined team of Geo-Marine, Royal Alberta Museum, and Parks Canada employees.
The petroglyphs selected for this trial project record the prehistoric/historical-period cultural transition of southern Alberta. Two panels used for the current study are located on large sandstone cliffs. One small replica panel was also scanned.
VersarGMI used a Vivid 900 non-contact 3D digitizer to conduct the scanning. Because the petroglyphs at Writing-On-Stone were extremely shallow and faint, Geo-Marine, Inc., scanned the rock surface in dozens of small, high-resolution shots, and then produced a mosaic of all shots together to create an overall model.
Development and implementation of a three-dimensional digital database of 725 archaeological artifacts to facilitate cultural resources curation requirements at Fort Hood, Texas.
Three-dimensional scanning has the potential to alleviate a persistent problem in archaeology: the unavailability of artifacts to both researchers and the public. Artifacts that must be curated, stored, or repatriated can be recorded and used for digital comparative collections or educational material. Such data availability opens the door to better comparative analysis and public awareness. The project was successful in developing a three-dimensional digital database that improves the business process of curation so that research, Native American consultation efforts, and public education objectives are facilitated at Fort Hood.
VersarGMI completed scan post-processing and integration, and basic solid modeling for these 3D visualization projects. Ten scans were done at the Seguin Creek site. Because the scans at Seguin Creek were done in tandem with professional surveying, the Seguin Creek model is completely georeferenced. Despite some vegetation removal, the preponderance of vegetation and debris makes solid modeling of this site challenging. However, by carefully decimating the data, an accurate and detailed contour map was generated.
Forty-eight scans were conducted of the Wilson County Bridge structure from a number of locations above, below, and on either side of the bridge. Two Cyrax units were used simultaneously at the site—one taking detail scans from a close range, and the other focusing on recording the overall structure. Four very close-range detail scans were done with a Minolta Vivid 900 at the bridge as well. These scans included two details of the Carnegie imprint on the steel beams, a load-bearing joint on the deck of the bridge, and a support articulation underneath the bridge. The project methodology was designed in order to thoroughly record the bridge structure such that all meaningful construction details would be identifiable. For example, model resolution was hoped to be of high enough quality to illustrate fasteners such as bolts. Recordation quality and completeness was intended to be great enough to serve as a basis for HAER Level I-type engineering drawings.