Error Models and Propagation in Directly Georeferenced Terrestrial Laser Scanner Networks

Cultural heritage recording and engineering surveying are prime applications for terrestrial laser scanners (TLSs) because of the high spatial resolution, high accuracy, and fast data capture rates this technology offers. To date, insufficient attention has been given to the many error sources contributing to the uncertainty of scanner datasets. A full error budget for directly georeferenced terrestrial laser scanner networks that considers both relevant error sources fundamental to surveying and those unique to sampled laser scanner systems is derived. In the case of the latter, new probabilistic models are proposed for angular positional uncertainty due to laser beamwidth and centroid-based target pointing. Analysis of a cultural heritage-recording project in Ayutthaya, Thailand, highlights the disparity between "expected" precision and the more realistic precision indicated by the error budget and demonstrates that the beamwidth error can be a significant factor. The causes and effects of several systematic errors inherent to TLS datasets are also discussed.

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    • Lichti, Derek D
    • Gordon, Stuart J
    • Tipidecho, Taravudh
  • Publication Date: 2005-11


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  • Accession Number: 01011061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2005 3:04PM