A review of the use of terrestrial laser scanning application for change detection and deformation monitoring of structures

W. Mukupa, G.W. Roberts, C.M. Hancock, K. Al-Manasir

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Abstract

Change detection and deformation monitoring is an active area of research within the field of engineering surveying and other overlapping areas such as structural and civil engineering. This paper reviews the application of terrestrial laser scanning in the monitoring of structures and discusses registration and georeferencing of scan data. Past terrestrial laser scanning research work has shown trends in addressing issues such as accurate registration and georeferencing of scans, error modelling, point cloud processing techniques for deformation analysis, scanner calibration and detection of millimetre deformations. However, several issues are still open to investigation such as robust methods of point cloud processing for detecting change and deformation, incorporation of measurement geometry in deformation measurements, design of data acquisition and quality assessment for precise measurements and modelling the environmental effects on the performance of laser scanning. A three-stage process model for deformation analysis is proposed as conceptualised from the material reviewed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalSurvey Review
Volume49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Terrestrial laser scanning
  • Change detection
  • Deformation monitoring
  • Registration
  • Georeferencing
  • Review

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