Publications in Scientific Journals:

C. Harmening, C. Hobmaier, H.-B. Neuner:
"Laser Scanner-Based Deformation Analysis Using Approximating B-Spline Surfaces";
Remote Sensing (invited), 13 (2021), 18; 1 - 32.

English abstract:
Due to the increased use of areal measurement techniques, such as laser scanning in geodetic monitoring tasks, areal analysis strategies have considerably gained in importance over the last decade. Although a variety of approaches that quasi-continuously model deformations are
already proposed in the literature, there are still a multitude of challenges to solve. One of the major interests of engineering geodesy within monitoring tasks is the detection of absolute distortions with
respect to a stable reference frame. Determining distortions and simultaneously establishing the joint geodetic datum can be realised by modelling the differences between point clouds acquired in different measuring epochs by means of a rigid body movement that is superimposed by distortions. In a previous study, we discussed the possibility of estimating these rigid body movements from the control points of B-spline surfaces approximating the acquired point clouds. Alternatively, we focus on estimating them by means of constructed points on B-spline surfaces in this study. This strategy has the advantage of larger redundancy compared to the control point-based strategy. Furthermore, the strategy introduced allows for the detection of rigid body movements between point clouds of different epochs and for the simultaneous localisation of areas in which the rigid body movement is superimposed by distortions. The developed approach is based on B-spline models of epoch-wise acquired point clouds, the surface parameters of which define point correspondences on different B-spline surfaces. Using these point correspondences, a RANSAC-approach is used to robustly estimate the parameters of the rigid body movement. The resulting consensus set initially defines the
non-distorted areas of the object under investigation, which are extended and statistically verified in a second step. The developed approach is applied to simulated data sets, revealing that distorted
areas can be reliably detected and that the parameters of the rigid body movement can be precisely and accurately determined by means of the strategy.

B-splines; deformation analysis; hypothesis tests; laser scanning; point clouds

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