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Mapping of traditional settlements by unmanned airborne vehicles towards architectural restoration
Author(s): Panagiotis Partsinevelos; Nikolaos Skoutelis; Achilleas Tripolitsiotis; Stelios Tsatsarounos; Anna Tsitonaki; Panagiotis Zervos
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Paper Abstract

Conservation and restoration of traditional settlements are amongst the actions that international directives proclaim in order to protect our cultural heritage. Towards this end, a mandatory base step in all archaeological and historical practices includes the surveying and mapping of the study area. Often, new, unexplored or abandoned settlements are considered, where dense vegetation, damaged structures and ruins, incorporation of newer structures and renovation characteristics make the precise surveying procedure a labor intensive and time consuming procedure. Unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs) have been effectively incorporated into several cultural heritage projects mainly for mapping archeological sites. However, the majority of relevant publications lack of quantitative evaluation of their results and when such a validation is provided it is rather a procedural error estimation readily available from the software used, without independent ground truth verification. In this study, a low-cost custom-built hexacopter prototype was employed to deliver accurate mapping of the traditional settlement of Kamariotis in east Crete, Greece. The case of Kamariotis settlement included highly dense urban structures with continuous building forms, curved walls and missing terraces, while wild vegetation made classic geodetic surveying unfeasible. The resulting maps were qualitatively compared against the ones derived using Google Earth and the Greek Cadastral Orthophoto Viewing platforms to evaluate their applicability for architectural mapping. Moreover, the overall precision of the photogrammetric procedure was compared against geodetic surveying.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9535, Third International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2015), 95350Z (19 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2199737
Show Author Affiliations
Panagiotis Partsinevelos, Technical Univ. of Crete (Greece)
Nikolaos Skoutelis, Technical Univ. of Crete (Greece)
Achilleas Tripolitsiotis, Space Geomatica Ltd. (Greece)
Stelios Tsatsarounos, Technical Univ. of Crete (Greece)
Anna Tsitonaki, Technical Univ. of Crete (Greece)
Panagiotis Zervos, Technical Univ. of Crete (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9535:
Third International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2015)
Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis; Kyriacos Themistocleous; Silas Michaelides; Giorgos Papadavid, Editor(s)

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