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A unified approach to self-calibration of terrestrial laser scanners
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics, Geodesy.
2010 (English)In: ISPRS journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing (Print), ISSN 0924-2716, Vol. 64, no 5, 445-456 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In recent years, the method of self-calibration widely used in photogrammetry has been found suitable for the estimation of systematic errors in terrestrial laser scanners. Since high correlations can be present between the estimated parameters, ways to reduce them have to be found. This paper presents a unified approach to self-calibration of terrestrial laser scanners, where the parameters in a least-squares adjustment are treated as observations by assigning appropriate weights to them. The higher these weights are the lower the parameter correlations are expected to be. Self-calibration of a pulsed laser scanner Leica Scan Station was performed with the unified approach. The scanner position and orientation were determined during the measurements with the help of a total station, and the point clouds were directly georeferenced. The significant systematic errors were zero error in the laser rangefinder and vertical circle index error. Most parameter correlations were comparatively low. In part, precise knowledge of the horizontal coordinates of the scanner centre helped greatly to achieve low correlation between these parameters and the zero error. The approach was shown to be advantageous to the use of adjustment with stochastic (weighted) inner constraints where the parameter correlations were higher. At the same time, the collimation error could not be estimated reliably due to its high correlation with the scanner azimuth because of a limited vertical distribution of the targets in the calibration field. While this problem can be solved for a scanner with a nearly spherical field-of-view, it will complicate the calibration of scanners with limited vertical field-of-view. Investigations into the influence of precision of the scanner position and levelling on the adjustment results lead to two important findings. First, it is not necessary to level the scanner during the measurements when using the unified approach since the parameter correlations are relatively low anyway. Second, the scanner position has to be known with a precision of about 1 mm in order to get a reliable estimate of the zero error. (C) 2010 International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Inc. (ISPRS). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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2010. Vol. 64, no 5, 445-456 p.
Keyword [en]
Terrestrial laser scanning, Calibration, Correlation
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-26304DOI: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2010.05.005ISI: 000282998500003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77956611978OAI: diva2:379779
QC20101220Available from: 2010-12-20 Created: 2010-11-21 Last updated: 2010-12-20Bibliographically approved

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