A FIELD-BASED METHOD FOR ESTIMATION OF OVERLAP FOR CONVERGENT IMAGES FOR VIEW PLANNING OF BUILDINGS
Keywords: Overlap, Convergent images, Close range terrestrial photogrammetry, View planning, Building and camera geometry, Field estimation
Abstract. Overlap between two convergent images for close-range terrestrial photogrammetry is a pre-requisite for view planning of building corners. Available tools determine overlap of images that are acquired by normal geometry at a constant distance. However, for the convergent images lengths of image footprints vary according to camera position. The paper proposes a field-based method that requires to measures only geometric dimensions of image footprints in field for assessing overlap fractions for convergent images. The paper first derives the overlap fraction of convergent images as a function of image footprints, which depend upon the camera position, object geometry, and camera FOV. Experiments are conducted in field for two building corner sites. The proposed method provides conservative estimates of overlap fractions compared to that provided by image-based methods. The errors in the overlap fractions are contributed by three sources, namely, the approximations of the proposed method, uncertainty in camera positions and alignment of camera optical axis, and placement of markers in field. Experimental results suggest that the proposed method can be used confidently in field for overlap estimation for convergent images for the view planning. Images acquired for the view planning of the two corners successfully generated 3D models.