The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XL-3/W3
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-3/W3, 343–348, 2015
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-3/W3, 343–348, 2015

  19 Aug 2015

19 Aug 2015


Z. Lari and N. El-Sheimy Z. Lari and N. El-Sheimy
  • Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), System architecture, Calibration, Integration, Processing

Abstract. In the last few years, low-cost UAV systems have been acknowledged as an affordable technology for geospatial data acquisition that can meet the needs of a variety of traditional and non-traditional mapping applications. In spite of its proven potential, UAV-based mapping is still lacking in terms of what is needed for it to become an acceptable mapping tool. In other words, a well-designed system architecture that considers payload restrictions as well as the specifications of the utilized direct geo-referencing component and the imaging systems in light of the required mapping accuracy and intended application is still required. Moreover, efficient data processing workflows, which are capable of delivering the mapping products with the specified quality while considering the synergistic characteristics of the sensors onboard, the wide range of potential users who might lack deep knowledge in mapping activities, and time constraints of emerging applications, are still needed to be adopted. Therefore, the introduced challenges by having low-cost imaging and georeferencing sensors onboard UAVs with limited payload capability, the necessity of efficient data processing techniques for delivering required products for intended applications, and the diversity of potential users with insufficient mapping-related expertise needs to be fully investigated and addressed by UAV-based mapping research efforts. This paper addresses these challenges and reviews system considerations, adaptive processing techniques, and quality assurance/quality control procedures for achievement of accurate mapping products from these systems.