Chesapeake Conservancy creates virtual waterways tour

BALTIMORE —An unusual looking boat is making its way around Chesapeake waterways and it’s on mission to give people views of the outdoors.

Operators of the boat said it will be similar to Google’s street view.

The custom-built pontoon from Richmond, Virginia-based Terrain 360 has a 14-foot mast with cameras taking pictures of the waterway.

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Chesapeake Conservancy Mapping Waterways Like Google-Street View

Since 2007, funky-looking Google Street View cars have been driving around the world giving users panoramic images from the street. Now, nearly 10 years later, a local nonprofit has been doing just that—but from the water.

Annapolis-based Chesapeake Conservancy created a 3,000-mile water trail as far south as the James River in Richmond, VA, all the way up to the tributaries off of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, like the Susquehanna and Patapsco rivers. With help from investors and new technology, the nonprofit is working to create virtual tours of those waterways to be accessed through its website. Continue reading Chesapeake Conservancy Mapping Waterways Like Google-Street View

Here’s a VR tour of Maryland’s infamous ghost fleet

VR is taking viewers deep into the Chesapeake Bay’s infamous ghost fleet.

Located in Charles County, The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay contains the remains of an emergency fleet of steamships that was commissioned during World War I, but never delivered. The wrecks are now home to natural ecosystems, prompting a nomination for the area to become a National Marine Sanctuary.

Following up on a virtual tour of the entire Susquehanna River and an existing tour of Mallows Bay, the Chesapeake Conservancy once again teamed with Terrain360 to film 360-degree videos of the ship graveyard from above. Continue reading Here’s a VR tour of Maryland’s infamous ghost fleet

Virtual tour of Potomac River to be available online

ANNAPOLIS — The Chesapeake Conservancy based in Annapolis has deployed two custom boats, each equipped with six cameras to capture images along the South and North branches of the Potomac River down to Great Falls, Va.

Terrain360, based in Richmond, Va., built the custom watercrafts and will use the images to create a virtual tour called Potomac Riverview, which will bring the beauty of the nation’s river to anyone with an internet-connected device.

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A View Worth Sharing

“People won’t fight for what they haven’t seen.” I think of those words as our runabout bobs up and down in the lee of an old oyster house where my husband Eric and I wait for Rob Campbell. The early morning ride across the Rappahannock had been a rollicking one, with an air temperature in the upper 40s and a fresh 15-knot wind from the northwest. Now we are nestled in McKans Bay with the sun on our faces, watching a pair of eagles circle over the cliffs and listening to the occasional fish slap the surface. Letting people see this view and others like it is why the Chesapeake Conservancy has partnered with Terrain 360° to complete a panoramic imaging of the Rappahannock from Port Royal to Deltaville. It is also why we have braved the unseasonable cold to rendezvous with Terrain 360°’s custom-designed, high-tech photography boat.  Continue reading A View Worth Sharing

Richmond cartography company giving Capt. John Smith’s sail trail a virtual update

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — A quirky looking craft launched at Fredericksburg’s City Dock Monday will soon give people a virtual tour of the Rappahannock River.

Richmond-based cartography company Terrain360 is using a pontoon boat with a 10-foot high “mast” topped with six cameras instead of sails. They capture high-resolution, 360-degree images every 50 feet, which software will stitch together to create a digital image map.  It should be ready in August.
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Camera boat’s river map will be like a ‘Google Street View’

FEDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — People will soon be able to go online and get a virtual tour of a Virginia river system that Capt. John Smith explored in the 1600s.

The Richmond-based cartography company Terrain360 is using a one-of-a-kind boat equipped with six cameras to create a digital image map of the Rappahannock River, the Free Lance-Star reported (http://bit.ly/1rEkxwf ).
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Interactive Map Shows 360-Degree Views Of D.C.-Area Trails

In panoramic news, District pedestrians and cyclists can scope out 360-degree views of nearly 63 miles of trails in the region. The Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership, a collaborative that works to clean up the Anacostia River, has created an interactive map that features the winding roads of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, according to a release by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
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Chart your paddle route with a virtual tour

Outside, the wind is rattling cold rain against my windows. But inside, I’m warm enough and thinking of my kayak, spring breezes, a serene stretch of river and the next section of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail that I want to explore.

But which section? I’m torn. Should I go south, to the James River, where Smith helped found the first permanent English settlement in what became the United States of America? Or, back to the Nanticoke, one of my favorite rivers, to soak in its quiet beauty? Or north, to the Susquehanna? 
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Nanticoke River virtual tour online

View the river as a slide show on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

The Nanticoke River flows 64 miles through Delaware and Maryland to Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Conservancy and Terrain360 virtual tour provides an interactive kayaker’s-eye view of the entire river. There are views of places on several tributaries, such as Laurel River Park on Broad Creek. To view all virtual tours, visit terrain360.com.

The conservancy and Richmond-based Terrain360 deployed a one-of-a-kind pontoon boat, with six cameras mounted 10 feet above the water’s surface to capture high-resolution, 360-degree images every 50 feet. Terrain360 stitched the images together to create a digital image map of the Nanticoke.
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