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Accuracy of Aerial Photoscanning with Real-Time Kinematic Technology

Journal Article
ISSN: 2641-9637, e-ISSN: 2641-9645
Published March 29, 2022 by SAE International in United States
Accuracy of Aerial Photoscanning with Real-Time Kinematic Technology
Citation: Mckelvey, N., King, C., Terpstra, T., Hashemian, A. et al., "Accuracy of Aerial Photoscanning with Real-Time Kinematic Technology," SAE Int. J. Adv. & Curr. Prac. in Mobility 5(1):4-14, 2023,
Language: English


Photoscanning photogrammetry is a method for obtaining and preserving three-dimensional site data from photographs. This photogrammetric method is commonly associated with small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and is particularly beneficial for large area site documentation. The resulting data is comprised of millions of three-dimensional data points commonly referred to as a point cloud. The accuracy and reliability of these point clouds is dependent on hardware, hardware settings, field documentation methods, software, software settings, and processing methods. Ground control points (GCPs) are commonly used in aerial photoscanning to achieve reliable results. This research examines multiple GCP types, flight patterns, software, hardware, and a ground based real-time kinematic (RTK) system. Multiple documentation and processing methods are examined and accuracies of each are compared for an understanding of how capturing methods will optimize site documentation.