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Object model creation from multiple range images: acquisition, calibration, model building and verification

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6 Author(s)
Beraldin, J.A. ; Inst. for Inf. Technol., Nat. Res. Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; Cournoyer, L. ; Rioux, M. ; Blais, F.
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This paper demonstrates the accuracy of a prototype Laser Range Camera (LRC) developed at the National Research Council of Canada for the creation of models of real objects. A laser survey performed in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA is used as a test case. The object selected for this particular test case is the Orbiter Docking System (ODS) located at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. During the laser survey, 128 range (and registered intensity) images were acquired all around the ODS. These images were then processed in our laboratory. A full model of the top portion of the ODS was created along with an almost complete model of the ODS. The ODS has a diameter of 1.6 m and a height of 3.9 m. Targets mounted on the top portion of the ODS were used to assess the accuracy of the calibration and of the image registration process. These targets were measured with a network of theodolites a day prior to the laser survey and used as a reference. With the current calibration and range image registration techniques, an accuracy better than 0.25 mm in X and Y, and, 0.80 mm in Z was achieved. These results compare favorably with the single point accuracy obtained after calibration, i.e., about 0.25 mm in X and Y, and, 0.50 mm in Z. These figures and others should testify on the usefulness of a LRC for accurate model building

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3-D Digital Imaging and Modeling, 1997. Proceedings., International Conference on Recent Advances in

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12-15 May 1997