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Photogrammetry Professional PDF

Linearis3D Photogrammetry is a portable 3D coordinate measuring solution. Precise 3D positions for an arbitrary number of marked points are computed using digital pictures. Some advantages of photogrammetry are:
  • High precision for objects up to 20m and more
  • Insensitive against shocks and vibrations
  • Robust for a large range of temperatures
  • Easy to carry (system weight ca. 10kg)
  • Usable in constrained spaces (e.g. car interiors)
  • Usable in bright daylight as well as in near darkness
The Linearis3D Professional Photogrammetry system is designed for applications in industry and research. It is fast, accurate and easy to use. Comprehensive service and extensability guarantee optimal results. Typical tasks are:
  • Deformation measurements in climate testing or validation of FEM calculations
  • Quality assurance of large objects
  • Reverse engineering

Comparison of features

Precision VDI 2634 (1m 3) 0.03mm*
Camera Professional DSLR with 24mm lens
Adapters yes
Deformations optional
CAD comparison optional
Parametric geometry yes
Extended Parametric Geometry yes
Scale Carbon or Invar
Support on-site/phone
Quality assessment extended
Price without taxes please call

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Precision is defined using the German guideline VDI 2634. This guideline defines a cube as shown in Fig. 4 with seven scales. Each scale has four or five points whose distances are known with superior accuracy. The precision is defined by comparing the known distances with the distances computed by the photogrammetry system. Fig. 5 shows the length deviations for a 1m 3 cube. Fig. 6 shows results for 2m2m1.5m cube. The x-axes show the distances in mm, the y-axes the deviations in mm. Different colors indicate the deviations for the different scales. Results were obtained using the Linearis3D Professional system.
Precision is influenced among others by object size, object visibility, camera, camera positions, number of photos, software, user as well as length and number of scales. The configuration of the cube according to VDI 2634 is optimal for photogrammetric precision. Precision for other measurement configurations can be worse. Especially situations where measuring points can only be seen from a limited angle may produce greater deviations. For more information on precision of photogrammetric systems you can refer to Luhman, p.111 (available only in German).

Measuring procedure

  • Marking: The points to be measured on the object are marked with self-adhesive or magnetic circular markers. The centers of the markers will be measured by the photogrammetry system with very high precision. Only marked points can be evaluated.
  • Taking pictures: Depending on the size and the complexity of the object twenty to several hundred photos are taken from different perspectives. A measurement point should be visible on as many photos as possible.
  • Evaluation: Using sophisticated image processing algorithms the marked measuring points are identified in the images. The least squares bundle adjustment used for the evaluation is the "gold standard" for high precision applications.