Direct Volume Computation Using UAV Point Cloud Data & A Known DTM

Gibbs, Alexander (2018) Direct Volume Computation Using UAV Point Cloud Data & A Known DTM. [USQ Project]


The entry of UAVs into the spatial industry has changed the way surveyors are able to collect data, giving the ability to gather far larger datasets than previously possible by conventional survey techniques. Volume surveys are the types of surveys that benefit most from UAV use in terms of data collection but the processing of such data and computation of volumes using UAV data is vastly different to how it is done with conventional survey methods.

This project comes from the perspective of a small survey business introducing UAVs into their workflow and having the need to process large datasets to calculate volumes without having large outlays for expensive analysis software. A process is developed which uses a traditional survey software package and a photogrammetry package any business would require to get create data from UAV surveys, and then uses Microsoft excel to perform calculations for volume computation. The process obtains survey grade accuracy as verified on two different datasets with several verification methods for each dataset.

The project successfully completes what it intended to do which was develop a process for calculating volumes without the need for expensive software, hence making UAV incorporation into any survey business much cheaper and more accessible.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Gharineiat, Zahra
Qualification: Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Surveying)
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 02:20
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2023 04:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: UAVs; surveying; cloud data

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