ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume II-5
28 May 2014
 | 28 May 2014

Visibility analysis of point cloud in close range photogrammetry

B. Alsadik, M. Gerke, and G. Vosselman

Keywords: Visibility, point cloud, voxel, HPR , line tracing, z buffering

Abstract. The ongoing development of advanced techniques in photogrammetry, computer vision (CV), robotics and laser scanning to efficiently acquire three dimensional geometric data offer new possibilities for many applications. The output of these techniques in the digital form is often a sparse or dense point cloud describing the 3D shape of an object. Viewing these point clouds in a computerized digital environment holds a difficulty in displaying the visible points of the object from a given viewpoint rather than the hidden points. This visibility problem is a major computer graphics topic and has been solved previously by using different mathematical techniques. However, to our knowledge, there is no study of presenting the different visibility analysis methods of point clouds from a photogrammetric viewpoint. The visibility approaches, which are surface based or voxel based, and the hidden point removal (HPR) will be presented. Three different problems in close range photogrammetry are presented: camera network design, guidance with synthetic images and the gap detection in a point cloud. The latter one introduces also a new concept of gap classification. Every problem utilizes a different visibility technique to show the valuable effect of visibility analysis on the final solution.