Journal article

Influence of range measurement noise on roughness characterization of rock surfaces using terrestrial laser scanning

Kourosh Khoshelham, Dogan Altundag, Dominique Ngan-Tillard, Massimo Menenti

International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

The application of laser scanning in studying rock surfaces is limited by the range measurement noise inherent in the laser scanner data. In this paper we investigate the influence of range measurement noise on the quantification of rock surface roughness. Roughness measures derived from the laser scanner data are compared with those derived from manual measurements. The comparison shows that the presense of noise in range measurements leads to an overestimation of the fractal dimension and amplitude of roughness profiles. Experiments with wavelet decomposition and thresholding methods for reducing noise in the laser range data are presented. The results indicate that wavelet de-noising meth..

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