Army of photogrammetry technology makes 3D aerial picture maps in minutes

Army of photogrammetry technology makes 3D aerial picture maps in minutes

air images is a commonplace in military Affairs, however, 3D maps can be difficult to collect, in the short term and without any special equipment. This new photogrammetric technique, the of the Army Corps of Engineers, however, accurate 3D-maps of ordinary aerial footage in just a few minutes.

photogrammetry is the process of comparing several photos from the same Position, or an Element for generating a 3D map of it. It is a well-known method, but in some cases, this has yet to be determined always reliable on human intelligence, for example, which frames should be used by a video, in order to produce optimal results.

Ricky Massaro from the army Geospatial research laboratory in Virginia, defused the problem and produces a very efficient photogrammetric method aerial images into accurate 3D surface maps in real-time without any human supervision.

This image shows the depth map as a color – red is higher. It arose from the combination of several 2D-images.

The system has been tested by the 101st Airborne, flew a drone over Fort Campbell, Kentucky and assigned to a model-city for the training used exercises. It is also of use in Iraq for non-combat purposes. So, this is not stuck in a lab somewhere — it has been put to work, and is now public because of the patent filing is in, and the army is now in negotiations for the marketing of the system.

“Whether it was for soldiers or peasants-tech usable terrain and intelligence delivers products quickly,” Quinton king, a manager at tech link, the Defense Department’s commercial tech transfer organization. “And I’m happy to help companies learn how you can make use of Dr. Massaro’s work for your own products or applications.”

The real-time-photogrammetry would not replace, lidar or ground-based mapping systems, but act in concert with them. Able to produce the exact depth from the normal aerial images and without having to send tons of data to a Central location or to a human expert, making it adaptable to a variety of situations. If you are curious about the specifics, you can check out the application for the patent.

Released on Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:45:22 +0000

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