By Mark Abrams

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – The Battleship New Jersey on the Camden waterfront is about to enter of the world of 3D.

Jack Willard, a spokesman for the historic vessel, says it was an idea proposed by the West Jersey chapter of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors that brought about laser scans of the battleship that commenced this past week.

Willard says the society is working to, “Create a 360-degree scan where guests that maybe can’t physically take the tour can still experience it via a computer on the battleship while they’re here for their day on the ship.”

Willard says the society is hosting an event on the ship in September and wants to show off the enhanced scan technology.

He says the group is donating the completed scans and creating the virtual tour experience, hoping to complete it by the end of the year or early next spring.

Once the virtual tour is launched, Willard says those visitors who can’t get below deck and into the tight spaces won’t miss out on the experience of seeing the inner workings of the ship, including its 16-inch gun turrets.

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