GPR of atta texana nest on immersive system









The atta project maps tunnels and chambers of a vast leafcutter ant colony. An 8x8 meter Ground Penetrating Radar scan was translated into polygons, resulting in a model that can be viewed on an immersive visualization system, scaling the viewer to ant size. The system developed by our team is nondestructive to the ants and is the first time GPR has been used to map a living ant colony. To achieve this goal, the project combined the site-specific nature of an indexical system, GPR, with the ability of an algorithm to parse the data. As a result, the model retains a connection with its subject and can be transported anywhere, to be viewed in many different ways.

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Carol LaFayette, with Fred Parke, Carl J Pierce, Tatsuya Nakamura, Jace Miller