ON A FUNDAMENTAL EVALUATION OF A UAV EQUIPPED WITH A MULTICHANNEL LASER SCANNER
Keywords: UAV, Multichannel laser scanner, Accuracy evaluation, Laser-acquired point cloud, Photogrammetry
Abstract. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have been widely used in various fields such as archaeology, agriculture, mining, and construction, can acquire high-resolution images at the millimetre scale. It is possible to obtain realistic 3D models using high-overlap images and 3D reconstruction software based on computer vision technologies such as Structure from Motion and Multi-view Stereo. However, it remains difficult to obtain key points from surfaces with limited texture such as new asphalt or concrete, or from areas like forests that may be concealed by vegetation. A promising method for conducting aerial surveys is through the use of UAVs equipped with laser scanners. We conducted a fundamental performance evaluation of the Velodyne VLP-16 multi-channel laser scanner equipped to a DJI Matrice 600 Pro UAV at a construction site. Here, we present our findings with respect to both the geometric and radiometric aspects of the acquired data.