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Articles | Volume XXXVIII-5/W12
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-5/W12, 121–126, 2011
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-5/W12, 121–126, 2011
03 Sep 2012
03 Sep 2012


J. C. K. Chow1, D. D. Lichti1, and C. Glennie2 J. C. K. Chow et al.
  • 1Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N1N4 Canada
  • 2Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, 3605 Cullen Blvd, Houston, Texas, 77204-5059, United States of America

Keywords: Terrestrial, Laser scanning, LIDAR, Calibration, Modelling, Precision, Point Cloud, Analysis

Abstract. Systematic trends are apparent when studying the self-calibration residuals of many modern static terrestrial laser scanners. Since the operation of terrestrial laser scanners is comparable to an efficient robotic total station, the sensor modelling parameters are developed in the spherical coordinate system where the raw observables of the scanner are range, horizontal angle, and vertical angle. Sensor calibration parameters are already well established for both hybrid and panoramic type laser scanners through the signalized target-based self-calibration method. In this paper, a less labour-intensive and more efficient planar-feature based terrestrial laser scanner self-calibration method, which is more suitable for in-situ self-calibration, is presented. Through simulation it will be demonstrated that the point-based self-calibration and plane-based self-calibration shares many common characteristics. Plane-based self-calibration results from real data captured with the panoramic type Leica HDS6100 and hybrid type Trimble GS200 scanner are also presented to show the practicality of the proposed method and as a comparison to the point-based self-calibration.