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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Photogrammetry in the Conservation of Historic Places: Carleton Immersive Media Studio Case Studies

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
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Drones 2018, 2(2), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones2020018
Received: 2 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 16 May 2018 / Published: 18 May 2018
The increasing commercialization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened the possibility of performing low-cost aerial image acquisition for the documentation of cultural heritage sites through UAV photogrammetry. This paper presents two case studies that illustrate the use of the DJI Phantom 4 normal UAV for aerial image acquisition, and the results that can be achieved using those images. A general workflow procedure of oblique image capturing and data processing of large data sets has been illustrated in the Prince of Wales Fort case study to create photogrammetric models and to generate orthophotos for condition assessment applications. The second case study provides insight on the possibility of using UAVs for post-disaster documentation when the accessibility and the availability of high cost equipment is of major concern. The results that were obtained from UAV photogrammetry of Nyatapola Temple and Bhairabnath Temple in Taumadhi Square in Nepal, which were damaged by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, are presented and discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: UAVs; UAV photogrammetry; built heritage documentation; Prince of Wales Fort; Nepalese heritage; visual assessment UAVs; UAV photogrammetry; built heritage documentation; Prince of Wales Fort; Nepalese heritage; visual assessment
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Federman, A.; Shrestha, S.; Quintero, M.S.; Mezzino, D.; Gregg, J.; Kretz, S.; Ouimet, C. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Photogrammetry in the Conservation of Historic Places: Carleton Immersive Media Studio Case Studies. Drones 2018, 2, 18.

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