NEW PERSPECTIVES OF POINT CLOUDS COLOR MANAGEMENT – THE DEVELOPMENT OF TOOL IN MATLAB FOR APPLICATIONS IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
Keywords: Color Models, Cultural Heritage, Terrestrial Laser Scanner, Photogrammetry, Colored Point Clouds Integration
Abstract. The paper describes a method for Point Clouds Color management and Integration obtained from Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) and Image Based (IB) survey techniques. Especially in the Cultural Heritage (CH) environment, methods and techniques to improve the color quality of Point Clouds have a key role because a homogenous texture brings to a more accurate reconstruction of the investigated object and to a more pleasant perception of the color object as well. A color management method for point clouds can be useful in case of single data set acquired by TLS or IB technique as well as in case of chromatic heterogeneity resulting by merging different datasets. The latter condition can occur when the scans are acquired in different moments of the same day or when scans of the same object are performed in a period of weeks or months, and consequently with a different environment/lighting condition. In this paper, a procedure to balance the point cloud color in order to uniform the different data sets, to improve the chromatic quality and to highlight further details will be presented and discussed.