Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Computer Science

Advisor 1

James Walker

Advisor 2

Paul van Susante

Committee Member 1

Keith Vertanen


The Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox application and software frameworks provide an interactive tool for freshwater and watershed education. This is done by projecting the real-time topography of the sandbox surface and simulating waterflow. This tool has the potential to assist in analyzing excavation tools that will be used on lunar or Martian surfaces. This project extended the software to include a volume tool capable of calculating the change in volume of the sandbox after manipulation.

This report details the setup and calibration of the sandbox as well as the development of the volume calculation tool. It outlines the methods used to calculate the volume changed based on two depth image collections. This is followed by exploring the results of multiple volume calculations against their expected values and investigating the amount of error that occurs.