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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(1), 36; doi:10.3390/rs8010036

An Improved Method for Power-Line Reconstruction from Point Cloud Data

Key Laboratory for Geo-Environment Monitoring of Coastal Zone of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and GeoInformation & Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Spatial Smart Sensing and Services, Shenzhen University, Nanhai Road 3688, Shenzhen 518060, China
College of Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, Nanhai Road 3688, Shenzhen 518060, China
The State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Academic Editors: Juha Hyyppä and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 12 October 2015 / Revised: 28 December 2015 / Accepted: 29 December 2015 / Published: 5 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lidar/Laser Scanning in Urban Environments)
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This paper presents a robust algorithm to reconstruct power-lines using ALS technology. Point cloud data are automatically classified into five target classes before reconstruction. In order to improve upon the defaults of only using the local shape properties of a single power-line span in traditional methods, the distribution properties of power-line group between two neighbor pylons and contextual information of related pylon objects are used to improve the reconstruction results. First, the distribution properties of power-line sets are detected using a similarity detection method. Based on the probability of neighbor points belonging to the same span, a RANSAC rule based algorithm is then introduced to reconstruct power-lines through two important advancements: reliable initial parameters fitting and efficient candidate sample detection. Our experiments indicate that the proposed method is effective for reconstruction of power-lines from complex scenarios. View Full-Text
Keywords: airborne laser scanning; power-line span; pylon; reconstruction airborne laser scanning; power-line span; pylon; reconstruction

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Guo, B.; Li, Q.; Huang, X.; Wang, C. An Improved Method for Power-Line Reconstruction from Point Cloud Data. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 36.

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