Measurement science and 3D modelling

Surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, lidar, positioning and navigation.


Royal Exhibition Building Living Lab

Accurate spatial data and 3D models are indispensable for smart decision making on the use and management of heritage buildings. The Royal Exhibition Building (REB) Living Lab is a user-centred platform for research and development of technologies and methodologies for the documentation, protection, and preservation of historical buildings and cultural heritage sites. A particular focus of the project is to develop effective and efficient methods for data capture and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) of the Royal Exhibition Building. A second focus of the project is to study the interaction of visitors with various collections and artefacts, and provide recommendations to improve visitor experience.

The ISPRS Benchmark on Indoor Modelling

Up-to-date 3D models of indoor environments are needed in a growing number of applications, including navigation, emergency response and a range of location-based services. Despite recent progress in automated generation of indoor models from point clouds, a comparative evaluation of the performance of these methods is not available due to the lack of benchmark datasets and a common evaluation framework. This scientific initiative of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) addresses this issue by creating a benchmark dataset comprising several point clouds captured by different sensors in various indoor environments. The project will also organise a benchmark test for the evaluation and comparison of indoor modelling methods based on manually created reference models and appropriate quality evaluation criteria. The datasets are available for download from the ISPRS website, and interested participants are invited to test their methods and submit their results for evaluation.

The evaluation results will be published on the ISPRS website.

3D Property Ownership Map Base for Smart Urban Land Administration

Property ownership map bases are core business for land registries, national mapping agencies and local governments. Current shortcomings in the map base have significant societal and economic implications and are universally experienced, motivating investment and collaboration by the project’s industry partners. This project will address these shortcomings by developing new methodologies in enabling digital integrity and analysis of 3D RRRs and provide the requisite data architecture that the inclusion of 3D RRRs in the property map base is predicated on. This directly addresses fundamental deficits in a core land administration tool and represents a significant step towards decreasing the risks associated with using the map base for decision-making and improving social and economic outcomes for Australia. The project also responds to the Linkage Projects scheme’s aim to support the development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and/or other research end-users – in this instance extending ongoing partnerships with Land Use Victoria, Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) and City of Melbourne – to apply advanced knowledge to problems to obtain national economic, commercial, social or cultural benefits.

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