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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Three-dimensional panoramic terrain reconstruction from aerial imagery
Author(s): Ahua Yang; Xuejun Li; Jianwei Xie; Yong Wei
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Paper Abstract

A complete solution for effectively, automatically, and accurately reconstructing the three-dimensional (3-D) panoramic terrain from aerial imagery is presented. With enough premeasured and identified georeferences, we first estimate every camera’s accurate intrinsic and extrinsic parameters by implementing bundle adjustment, which is introduced in detail. Afterward, the adjacent relationship of imagery is acquired from the cameras’ position parameters. In addition, the formulas for corresponding area prediction and image rectification are derived according to the camera parameters. Subsequently, feature-based matching is conducted between adjacent image pairs to provide much more constraints for bundle adjustment. Area-based matching is applied to pairs of horizontal epipolar imagery for dense correspondence to produce dense spatial point cloud. Eventually, the mosaicked digital ortho map and digital elevation model of the whole imaging area are produced automatically by a series of steps including spatial intersection, Tin generation, differential correction, and color blending. Experimental results show that the root mean square (RMS) residual errors of check points in planimetry and altitude are, respectively, 0.039 and 0.170 m, demonstrating the high accuracy of camera orientation. The visualized panoramic 3-D realistic scene validates the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed solution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2013
PDF: 15 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 7(1) 073497 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.073497
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 7, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Ahua Yang, The Academy of Equipment Command & Technology (China)
Xuejun Li, The Academy of Equipment Command & Technology (China)
Jianwei Xie, The Academy of Equipment Command & Technology (China)
Yong Wei, Communication and Training Base (China)


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