drone to laser scan registration

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If the scale is right, then the clouds may have non negligible dissimilarities that prevent the ICP algorithm from converging to the right position: is the coverage of the reference/model cloud is the same (or wider) than the aligned/data cloud? Otherwise you can also try to check the 'Enable farthest point removal' (so that CC ignores those differences).

Eventually, don't hesitate to post (or send me at cloudcompare [at] danielgm.net) some snapshots of both clouds.
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You can try to do rough manual registration to see if the scale and registration of individual pointclouds is alright. this can be done in Scene, suppose Cyclone can do something similar.
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blazaj wrote:You can try to do rough manual registration to see if the scale and registration of individual pointclouds is alright. this can be done in Scene, suppose Cyclone can do something similar.

I have done that.

I checked adjust scale, remove outliers, 100,000 samples. 50 iterations. See image for the result. (drone in color, laserscan in red)

I'm starting to wonder if the drone point cloud is just off by that much. I can't seem to get it aligned better than 1 foot. The detail in the surface is really good, resolving features < 1 foot, but when comparing to the laser scan, the data seems to drift.

I cant tell if it is an error in registration, or if its just the drone being inaccurate globally.
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Ok. I was able to get a decent result when I left the scale alone, and checked enable farthest point removal. Even so, the point cloud was off by about 1.5 feet consistently. So I moved it together manually and it looks pretty good (see attached). Some areas are off by 2 feet and others are within .4 feet.

So, its not very accurate. Even though it looks accurate by resolving small features - the global site accuracy is poor. Keep in mind this is a gopro.
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I'd say good results with gopro. It has wide angle lens and not the best quality for photogrammetry. Curious what would you get with better camera
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I agree with Blazaj.
Gopro is not a platform for this type of aplication. It has too big distortions. If you want to have good results you should use a fidderent cammera, preferably a DSLR with calibrated lense. Also you could use some sort of photogrammetric targets (ping pong balls, small round plastic plates or something like that) to tie the images better together and give yourself accurate scale if you measure them.
Good luck with your endevours :)
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Of course, but my copter will only fit a gopro:) It is merely an experiment.

I correct the photos to remove the distortion using PTlens.

Even with the shoddy registration and gopro. My result was within 4% of the laser scan volume.
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For an un-level area with anomalies I think 4% is probably ok? On a level surface you would want to aim closer to 2% tolerance I reckon, I'm no expert. Pretty good scanning results from a drone anyway!
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Matt Young wrote:For an un-level area with anomalies I think 4% is probably ok? On a level surface you would want to aim closer to 2% tolerance I reckon, I'm no expert. Pretty good scanning results from a drone anyway!
Thanks Matt that is good to know. Not the right tool for every project, but it is a tool.
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Drones will only get better I think. Ten years ago I would of laughed at the idea of scanning from a radio control drone, but now it's more than a reality :)
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