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Andrew Woods named one of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers

20 July 2017

Andrew Woods
Andrew Woods

SPIE Fellow Andrew Woods, technical manager of the Curtin HIVE visualization facility and research engineer at Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University, was named one of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia, Australia's preeminent engineering body. Woods and his fellow 2017 designees were profiled in the July 2017 issue of create, the organization's member magazine.

The annual list features 30 of Australia’s most inventive engineers who have turned leading-edge concepts into reality. Sorted into ten categories, Woods was acknowledged in the Community category for designing a deep-water 3D imaging system. The engineering breakthrough was a custom deep-water lighting and camera package capable of acquiring 500,000 images and 300 hours of high-definition footage, almost entirely in 3D, during its inaugural use. The system has important implications for data collection in deep-water surveying and maritime archeology.

Woods's principal research interests include 3D imaging, stereoscopic video, underwater technology, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), visualization and 3D reconstruction with applications in maritime archaeology and oil and gas. He has published several books and scientific papers on these topics, many in SPIE journals and proceedings.

Woods is a frequent contributor to SPIE events, having served as symposium and conference chairs, and as session chair over 60 times. He has taught his course, Stereoscopic Display Application Issues, at more than 15 events over the last decade. For his active involvement in the Society and the greater optics and photonics community, he was made a Senior Member of the Society in 2009 and a Fellow of the Society in 2011.

For more information:

  • Read the profile from the Engineers Australia member magazine, create