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Evaluating the Structure from Motion Technique for Measurement of Bed Morphology in Physical Model Studies

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), S.P. Andersens Veg 5, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Hydro Lab Pvt. Ltd., GPO Box No 21093, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Academic Editor: Jochen Aberle
Water 2021, 13(7), 998; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070998
Received: 2 March 2021 / Revised: 25 March 2021 / Accepted: 29 March 2021 / Published: 5 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances and Challenges in Hydropower)
The selection of instrumentation for data acquisition in physical model studies depends on type and resolution of data to be recorded, time frame of the model study, available instrumentation alternatives, availability of skilled personnel and overall budget of the model study. The available instrumentation for recording bed levels or three-dimensional information on geometry of a physical model range from simple manual gauges to sophisticated laser or acoustic sensors. In this study, Structure from Motion (SfM) technique was applied, on three physical model studies of different scales and study objectives, as a cheap, quicker, easy to use and satisfactorily precise alternative for recording 3D point data in form of colour coded dense point cloud representing the model geometry especially the river bed levels in the model. The accuracy of 3D point cloud generated with SfM technique were also assessed by comparing with data obtained from manual measurement using conventional surveying technique in the models and the results were found to be very promising. View Full-Text
Keywords: Structure from Motion; physical hydraulic model; river bed morphology; experiments; instrumentation; photogrammetry Structure from Motion; physical hydraulic model; river bed morphology; experiments; instrumentation; photogrammetry
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Karmacharya, S.K.; Ruther, N.; Shrestha, U.; Bishwakarma, M.B. Evaluating the Structure from Motion Technique for Measurement of Bed Morphology in Physical Model Studies. Water 2021, 13, 998. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070998

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Karmacharya SK, Ruther N, Shrestha U, Bishwakarma MB. Evaluating the Structure from Motion Technique for Measurement of Bed Morphology in Physical Model Studies. Water. 2021; 13(7):998. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070998

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Karmacharya, Sanat K.; Ruther, Nils; Shrestha, Ujjwal; Bishwakarma, Meg B. 2021. "Evaluating the Structure from Motion Technique for Measurement of Bed Morphology in Physical Model Studies" Water 13, no. 7: 998. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070998

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