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Development of a time-of-flight laser scanning system for underwater applications
Author(s): Simon Stemmler; Christoph S. Werner; Alexander Reiterer
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Paper Abstract

An increasing number of underwater construction projects demand a solution for precise and highly resolved infrastructure monitoring which cannot be addressed by conventional sonar systems. We present an optical ranging system based on the pulsed time-of-flight method incorporating a signal-processing toolchain especially equipped for mapping technical infrastructure. This allows us to handle multiple returns from objects which are only separated by a 15 cm gap. A high lateral resolution of 4 mm in combination with a high measurement rate of 50 000 measurements per second allows the reconstruction of fine details. The measurement range can reach several 10 m, depending on the water quality. Further, we present the system design of our scanner and discuss first results obtained in an underwater measurement range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11150, Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2019, 111500M (14 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2532394
Show Author Affiliations
Simon Stemmler, Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM (Germany)
Christoph S. Werner, Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM (Germany)
Alexander Reiterer, Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM (Germany)
Albert-Ludwigs-Univ. Freiburg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11150:
Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2019
Charles R. Bostater Jr.; Xavier Neyt; Françoise Viallefont-Robinet, Editor(s)

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