“Atta texana leafcutting ant colony: a view underground” by Lafayette, Parke, Pierce, Nakamura and Simpson

  • ©Carol Lafayette, Frederic (Fred) I. Parke, Carl J. Pierce, Tatsuya Nakamura, and Lauren Simpson


Entry Number: 06


    Atta texana leafcutting ant colony: a view underground



    The Atta project maps tunnels and chambers of a vast leafcutting ant colony. A Ground Penetrating Radar scan was translated into a 3D model that can be viewed on an immersive visualization system, scaling the viewer to ant size. The scanning is nondestructive and is the first time GPR has been used to map a living ant colony. To achieve this goal, the project combines the site-specific nature of an indexical system, GPR, with the ability of an algorithm to parse the data. The model retains a formal connection with its subject and can be distributed and viewed in many different ways.

Other Information:


    LECKEBUSCH, J., 2001. Investigating the True Resolution and Three- Dimensional Capabilities of Ground-penetrating Radar Data in Archaeological Surveys: Measurements in a Sand Box, Arch. Prospection 8, 29-40.

    MOSER, J. C., 1963. Contents and Structure of Atta texana Nest in Summer, Annals of the Entomological Society of America 56, 3, 286-291.

    NAKAMURA, T., 2006. The Soprants: Conceptual and Technical Framework for a 3D Interactive Video Game. Masters Thesis, Texas A&M University, 23-27.

    PARKE, F. I., 2005. Lower Cost Spatially Immersive Visualization for Human Environments, Landscape and Urban Planning 73, 2-3, 234-243.


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