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Posted on July 5, 2012


I hope everybody had a safe 4th of July.  I went to the computer lab first thing in order to check the results of some overnight image sequencing processes.  The program I am using failed once again to mosaic all of the compiled photographs.  I will begin experimenting with smaller batch runs in Photosynth and Photoscan tomorrow morning.  However, a different approach may be necessary by which the operator (me) has more direct control over image alignment.  Mosaic creation may need to be attempted with the aid of software such as Photoshop by which images will be pulled into place one at a time.  Photo alignment will take considerably more time, but this approach will most likely guarantee a useful image.

The GRAM program is coming to an end which means lots of work in the next few days.  I began constructing my research poster for our forum this Saturday.  I look forward to the upcoming student research presentations.  I am also looking forward to spending time with my family as I return to Oahu on Sunday.  The GRAM program has been an eye-opening experience as to the available methods for archaeological feature analysis gained from various remote sensing platform applications.  I will be using the skills gained over the past month in my future academic and professional work.  This project has greatly enriched my understanding of software such as ERDAS and ArcGIS for use in archaeological contexts.  The benefit of working with a diverse student and instructor unit surpasses any exploration of these methods that I may otherwise have experienced alone.

–  John Thornton O’Connor


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