ArchaeoFusion: New Software for Archaeo-Geophysical Data Processing and Integration

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ArchaeoFusion: New Software for Archaeo-Geophysical Data Processing and Integration

  1. 1. Center for Advanced Spatial TechnologiesUniversity of Arkansas ArchaeoFusion: New Software for Archaeo-Geophysical Data Processing and Integration Eileen Ernenwein1,2 Jackson Cothren1,3 1Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas; 2Department of Geosciences, East Tennessee State University; 3Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past 12-16 April 2011
  2. 2. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas Why Create ArchaeoFusion? To implement and streamline approaches developed during a previous project… New Approaches to the Use and Integration of Multi-sensor Remote Sensing for historic Resource Identification and Evaluation (SERDP CS-1263) The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is the Department of Defenses environmental science and technology program. Project Team: Dr. Ken Kvamme (UA) Dr. Fred Limp (CAST,UA) Dr. Michael L. Hargrave (ERDC CERL) Dr. Eileen Ernenwein (CAST,UA) CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past2 12-16 April 2011
  3. 3. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas Streamlined Archaeo-geophysical Data Processing and Integration for DoD Field Use (ESTCP 200611) Reasoning for this project: • Previous project showed power of a multi-sensor archaeo-geophysical approach and data integration to US federal government. • Data processing when using the approach requires too many different software packages, format conversions, and repetitive tasks (a high level of expertise). • We envisioned a single software package that would allow processing and integration of GPR, magnetometry, resistivity, and electromagnetic induction data, and any other raster-based data in generic or interchange formats. The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program that promotes innovative, cost-effective environmental technologies. Project Team: Dr. Eileen G. Ernenwein (CAST, UA) Dr. Michael L. Hargrave (ERDC CERL) Dr. Fred Limp (CAST, UA) Dr. Jackson Cothren (CAST, UA) Dr. William G. Johnston (CAST, UA) CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past3 12-16 April 2011
  4. 4. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas The Old, Ad-hoc Approach Step 1  2  3  4  5  6… 2D Process Edit Fusion Grid Destripe Geophys GPR Profiles Grid & GIS (Surfer) (IDRISI) processing & Slice (Excel) (Esri…) (Geoplot) Edit Mag Grid Destripe MagMap Grid 2D (Surfer) (IDRISI) Fusion (Excel) Geophys & GIS processing Edit (Esri…) Grid Destripe (Geoplot) Res TRCIA Grid (Surfer) (IDRISI) (Excel) Edit 2D Clean up Cond Fusion EMI Grids & Grid Geophys & & GIS split (Surfer) processing “convert” MS (Esri…) (Excel) (Geoplot) CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past4 12-16 April 2011
  5. 5. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas Step 1  2  3  4  5  6… 2D Process Edit Fusion Grid Destripe Geophys GPR Profiles Grid & GIS (Surfer) (IDRISI) processing & Slice (Excel) (Esri…) (Geoplot) Edit Mag Grid Destripe MagMap Grid 2D (Surfer) (IDRISI) Fusion (Excel) Geophys & GIS processing Edit (Esri…) Grid Destripe (Geoplot) Res TRCIA Grid (Surfer) (IDRISI) (Excel) Edit 2D Clean up Cond Fusion EMI Grids & Grid Geophys & & GIS split (Surfer) processing “convert” MS (Esri…) (Excel) (Geoplot) CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past5 12-16 April 2011
  6. 6. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas The ArchaeoFusion Approach 2D Process Edit Grid Destripe Geophys GPR Profiles Grid (Surfer) (IDRISI) processing & Slice (Excel) (Geoplot) Edit Mag Grid Destripe MagMap Grid 2D (Surfer) (IDRISI) (Excel) Geophys Export to processingReport or GIS Edit Grid Destripe (Geoplot) Res TRCIA Grid (Surfer) (IDRISI) (Excel) Edit 2D Clean up Cond EMI Grids & Grid Geophys & split (Surfer) processing “convert” MS (Excel) (Geoplot) CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past6 12-16 April 2011
  7. 7. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas Some of ArchaeoFusion’s highlights • Bring in most brands of mag, res, gpr, and EM data without having to use other software first (besides downloading) • Allows different sized tiles (grids) with different resolutions and orientations • Create macros for common operation stacks. • GIS-like layered environment w/ real world coordinates • Operation stack is fully editable and can be saved and reused for other data • Can bring in aerial photos and topographic data • “Fusion” = PCA, translucent overlays, RBG combos, pixel-based math operations (sum, max, etc.) • Automatic edge matching • Mean profile filter CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past7 12-16 April 2011
  8. 8. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas Demo The remainder of this presentation included a live demonstration of ArchaeoFusion followed by discussion. For more information, please visit http://cast.uark.edu/home/research/geophy sics/archaeofusion.html Also see next slide for a summary of ArchaeoFusion’s capabilities CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past8 12-16 April 2011
  9. 9. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas ArchaeoFusion New Software for Archaeogeophysical Data Processing and Integration • Electromagnetic Induction • Data Fusion (integration) • Magnetometry • Principle Components Analysis • Resistivity • Multi-resolution surveys • GPR (guided step-by-step processing) • K-means Cluster Analysis • GIS-style layers and overlays • Translucent Overlays • Plane and real-world coordinates • Interactive Operations Stack • 3D surfaces • Great for sharing and teaching • User-specified grid sizes • Build your own macros • Different sized tiles in one survey • Re-run operations as you add more data • Pixel-based operations between surveys • Import topographic surfaces and aerial photos Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA http://cast.uark.edu/home/research/geophysics/archaeofusion.html Contact Eileen Ernenwein: eernenw@cast.uark.edu CAA 2011 Beijing, China, Revive the Past9 12-16 April 2011

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