ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume II-5/W2
16 Oct 2013
 | 16 Oct 2013

Eigenvalue and graph-based object extraction from mobile laser scanning point clouds

M. Bremer, V. Wichmann, and M. Rutzinger

Keywords: Mobile laser scanning, object based point cloud analysis, eigenvalues, graph based classification

Abstract. The mapping of road environments is an important task, providing important input data for a broad range of scientific disciplines. Pole-like objects, their visibility and their influence onto local light and traffic noise conditions are of particular interest for traffic safety, public health and ecological issues. Detailed knowledge can support the improvement of traffic management, noise reducing infrastructure or the planning of photovoltaic panels. Mobile Mapping Systems coupled with computer aided mapping work-flows allow an effective data acquisition and provision. We present a classification work flow focussing on pole-like objects. It uses rotation and scale invariant point and object features for classification, avoiding planar segmentation and height slicing steps. Single objects are separated by connected component and Dijkstra-path analysis. Trees and artificial objects are separated using a graph based approach considering the branching levels of the given geometries. For the focussed semantic groups, classification accuracies higher than 0.9 are achieved. This includes both the quality of object aggregation and separation, where the combination of Dijkstrapath aggregation and graph-based classification shows good results. For planar objects the classification accuracies are lowered, recommending the usage of planar segmentation for classification and subdivision issues as presented by other authors. The presented work-flow provides sufficient input data for further 3D reconstructions and tree modelling.