Recently, GeoConnexion published an article about a pilot project, where UAV-mounted LiDAR was used to discover hidden traces of prehistoric settlements near Vienna, Austria.
In the course of the project “Archaeology at the Danube – Bisamberg Pilot Study” the Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) conducted a survey of the archaeological ground monuments (including a prehistoric ramport) on the Bisamberg using modern non-invasive aerial and ground prospection methods.
For LiDAR data acquisition a RIEGL miniVUX-SYS (with RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV LiDAR sensor and APX-20 UAV INS/GNSS) mounted on a DJI M600 UAV platform was used.
Based on the sensor’s high-penetration capability, the pure digital elevation model (DEM) of the entrenchment and the surrounding area made a large amount of archeological information visible, that is actually hidden under dense vegetation.
Read the full article here: Archaeology at the Danube | GeoConnexion
About the RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV LiDAR Sensor:
The RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV is an extremely lightweight airborne laser scanner, designed specifically for integration with UAS/UAV/RPAS. The sensor offers a selectable 100 kHz, 200 kHz, and 300 kHz laser pulse repetition rate (PRR). With 300 kHz PRR, it provides up to 100,000 measurements per second at 120° FoV and thus a dense point pattern on the ground for UAV-based applications that require the acquisition of small objects. With up to 5 target echoes per laser shot, the scanner is able to penetrate even dense vegetation and delivers excellent data for computing detailed terrain models.
RIEGL is an international leading provider of cutting-edge technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial, industrial and unmanned laser scanning solutions for applications in surveying.
RIEGL has been producing LiDAR systems commercially for over 40 years and focuses on pulsed time-of-flight laser radar technology in multiple wavelengths.
RIEGL’s core Smart-Waveform technologies provide pure digital LiDAR signal processing, unique methodologies for resolving range ambiguities, multiple targets per laser shots, optimum distribution of measurements, calibrated amplitudes and reflectance estimates, as well as the seamless integration and calibration of systems.
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