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Virtual reality mapping system for Chernobyl accident site assessment
Author(s): Theodore T. Blackmon; Laurent Ngyuen; Charles Frederick Neveu; Daryl Rasmussen; Eric Zbinden; Mark Maimone; Larry Henry Matthies; Scott M. Thayer; James Teza; Vince Broz; James Osborn; Martial Hebert; Jerry Steele; Geb Thomas
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Paper Abstract

Initiated by the Department of Energy's International Nuclear Safety Program, an effort in underway to deliver and employ a telerobotic diagnostic system for structural evaluation and monitoring within the Chornobyl Unit-4 shelter. A mobile robot, named Pioneer, will enter the damaged Chornobyl structure and employ devices to measure radiation, temperature and humidity; acquire core samples of concrete structures for subsequent engineering analysis; and make photo-realistic 3D maps of the building interior. This paper details the latter element, dubbed 'C-Map', the Chornobyl Mapping System. C-Map consists of an automated 3D modeling system using stereo computer vision along with an interactive, virtual reality software program to acquire and analyze the photo-realistic 3D maps of the damaged building interior.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3644, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV, (19 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348454
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Theodore T. Blackmon, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Laurent Ngyuen, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Charles Frederick Neveu, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Daryl Rasmussen, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Eric Zbinden, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Mark Maimone, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Larry Henry Matthies, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Scott M. Thayer, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
James Teza, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Vince Broz, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
James Osborn, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Martial Hebert, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Jerry Steele, Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Geb Thomas, Univ. of Iowa (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3644:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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