UAS-borne LiDAR for Mapping Complex Terrain and Vegetation Structure

Vegetation Point Cloud


GIM International has posted a new article featuring a project done using the RIEGL RiCOPTER remotely piloted aircraft system and RIEGL VUX-1UAV lightweight UAV laser scanner for mapping complex terrain and vegetation structure.

The article, written by Dr. Gottfried Mandelburger, Philipp Glira, and Norbert Pfeifer of TU Wien, conducted an experiment with the RIEGL RiCOPTER and RIEGL VUX-1UAV to test the potential of UAS-borne laser scanning for 3D mapping of complex natural landscapes in high resolution.

“The field experiment employing the RIEGL VUX sensor system mounted on the RiCOPTER UAS provided a homogeneous, ultra-high-resolution 3D point cloud of a complex alluvial area comprising both topography and vegetation. With a point density of more than 1,500 points/m2, a vertical strip-fitting precision of less than 2cm and a comprehensive 3D capturing of the terrain shape and vegetation structure, the experiment demonstrated the high potential of UAS-borne laser scanning for different environmental sciences and applications.”

Check out the full article HERE!


RiCOPTER During Take Off

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