Chris Rowland

Chris Rowland is an academic researcher with roots in 3D Animation, Design and Fine Art. His research, teaching and professional practice are informed by 25 years’ experience working in the creative industries. This includes leading roles in the development and management of start-up companies involved in 3D animation and visualisation. He was a member of the ADUS team with Martin Dean and Mark Lawrence which pioneered new methods for capturing and visualising 3D data of historic and environmentally significant shipwrecks. He now leads the 3D Visualisation Research Lab (3DVisLab) at DJCAD, University of Dundee, where projects are primarily focussed on investigating novel applications of 3D visualisation methodologies to solve real world problems. 

Research in the 3DVisLab is diverse but includes the following themes:

  • 3D Visualisation of Underwater Environments
  • Visualisation for Climate Change
  • Visualisation for Healthcare Sciences
  • 3D image of the JU88
3D image of the JU88
Subsea Visualisation projects include:

MV Rena (2011-2015)

The container ship ran aground on Astrolabe Reef off the coast of New Zealand causing significant environmental damage. Three visualisations were created to document the movement of the wreck down the reef over time.

MV Sewol (2014)
The Korean Government commissioned the 3D Visualisation of the wreck which sank with the loss of 304 lives, the majority being High School children.

Costa Concordia (2012 - 2014)
3D Visualisation of the wreck of Costa Concordia which foundered off Isola del Giglio, Italy on 13th January 2012 due to striking a reef close to Giglio with a loss of 32 lives. 

Deepwater Horizon (2010 - 2012)
The oil rig exploded then sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 creating the largest offshore oil spill in US history. The 3D visualisation was commissioned by Transocean on behalf of the US Government to support the investigation into the cause of the disaster.

Current projects are exploring the use of subsea photogrammetry and immersive virtual technology to explore and investigate hazardous and remote environments. These include HMS Vanguard and HMS Hampshire in the Orkney Islands and HMS Olympus and a number of aircraft wrecks off the coast of Malta.


Professor Chris Rowland 

Professor Chris Rowland collecting images for 3D Photogrammetry