David Lagomasino (618/USRA) received funding from a USRA IRAD to develop a low-cost 3D imaging camera for capturing and recording detailed field measurements. According to Dr. Lagomasino, “Structure-from-Motion (SfM) techniques have led to three-dimensional reconstructions of important heritage sites and estimations of tree structure and forest biomass. In fact, SfM models have measured tree diameter-at-breast-height and tree height within 2% of values using traditional forestry methods.” The goal of this project is to develop the Terrestrial Recording of 3-dimensional 360-degree Surveys (TR33S) instrument, which will combine SfM 3D modeling, stereo-photogrammetry, and 360-degree camera technology. The final product will be a lightweight and cost-effective instrument that can measure forestry field data and provide others with a virtual immersion into remote field locations around the world. Dr. Lagomasino hopes to have a low-level working version by early 2017 to use during a field campaign in Central Africa.
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