Combining photogrammetry and robotic total stations to obtain dimensional measurements of temporary facilities in construction field

Ming Fung Siu, Ming Lu, Simaan AbouRizk

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Background: Three-dimensional (3D) modeling and visualization of temporary site facilities is instrumental in revealing potential space conflicts and refining time and cost estimates. This research focuses on implementation of photo-based 3D modeling in a time-dependent, dynamically-changing context. Methods: We propose a cost-effective modeling technique to obtain dynamic dimension measurements of a moving object. The methodology resulting from integrating photo-based 3D modeling and robotic total station tracking technologies better caters to the application needs of visualization and measurement in construction that are critical to operational safety and structural accuracy. The computational foundation of photogrammetry is first addressed then the modeling procedure and the system design described. Results: In a module assembly yard, a rigging system being lifted by a mobile crane was identified as the moving object. The length and the length changes of twelve slings on a newly-engineered rigging system at different stateswere measured in order to ensure quality and safety. Conclusion: The proposed technique relies on utilizing two robotic total stations and three cameras and provides a simple, safe and effective solution to monitor the dimensional changes of a temporary facility in the construction field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalVisualization in Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Augmented reality
  • Integration
  • Lifting frame
  • Photogrammetry
  • Rigging system
  • Robotic total station
  • Synchronization
  • Time-dependent modeling
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Modelling and Simulation

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