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Investigating Semi-Automated Cadastral Boundaries Extraction from Airborne Laser Scanned Data

Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HongKong, China
Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede 7500AE, The Netherlands
Dutch Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, Apeldoorn 7300GH, The Netherlands
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Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 13 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 4 September 2017
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Many developing countries have witnessed the urgent need of accelerating cadastral surveying processes. Previous studies found that large portions of cadastral boundaries coincide with visible physical objects, namely roads, fences, and building walls. This research explores the application of airborne laser scanning (ALS) techniques on cadastral surveys. A semi-automated workflow is developed to extract cadastral boundaries from an ALS point clouds. Firstly, a two-phased workflow was developed that focused on extracting digital representations of physical objects. In the automated extraction phase, after classifying points into semantic components, the outline of planar objects such as building roofs and road surfaces were generated by an α-shape algorithm, whilst the centerlines delineatiation approach was fitted into the lineate object—a fence. Afterwards, the extracted vector lines were edited and refined during the post-refinement phase. Secondly, we quantitatively evaluated the workflow performance by comparing results against an exiting cadastral map as reference. It was found that the workflow achieved promising results: around 80% completeness and 60% correctness on average, although the spatial accuracy is still modest. It is argued that the semi-automated extraction workflow could effectively speed up cadastral surveying, with both human resources and equipment costs being reduced View Full-Text
Keywords: cadastral survey; boundary mapping; feature extraction; semi-automation; point cloud cadastral survey; boundary mapping; feature extraction; semi-automation; point cloud

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Luo, X.; Bennett, R.M.; Koeva, M.; Lemmen, C. Investigating Semi-Automated Cadastral Boundaries Extraction from Airborne Laser Scanned Data. Land 2017, 6, 60.

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